UFC President Dana White has 10 YEARS to live after controversial DNA test

Scientists today warned people against paying for controversial tests that claim to predict exactly how many years you have left to live.

Dana White, president of the UFC mixed martial arts league, made headlines last week when he said he only had ten years left.

He is one of a growing number of wealthy Americans paying for genetic tests that can cost hundreds of dollars.

They claim to work by measuring telomeres, structures at the end of chromosomes that shorten with age.

Studies suggest that people with shorter telomeres in their white blood cells are more likely to develop diseases like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

The tests are done using only blood tests and a swab from the inside of a person’s cheek.

Mr White, whose net worth is estimated at $500million, claimed he told him he had 10.4 years left, putting him on a life-changing diet and exercise program .

Dr. Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at NYU Langone Health, says providing a time as precise as 10.4 years is irresponsible because no one can accurately predict the future.

While these types of results may scratch a morbid itch in some, they are not reliable for people who are not elderly or have a serious chronic illness.

Dr Hank Greely, a genetics and neuroethics expert at Stanford University, compared these tests to reading the palm of your hand – and said they were “almost certainly” inaccurate.

Dana White (pictured) said he had taken a genetic test offered by 10x Health System which showed he had 10.4 years of life left in his current state of health

The 10x Health System website now highlights Mr. White as part of the marketing of his genetic tests

The 10x Health System website now highlights Mr. White as part of the marketing of his genetic tests

10x Health System charges $600 for its genetic test

10x Health System charges $600 for its genetic test

Mr White, 53, shared his story on the Action Junkeez podcast released on September 20.

He said he was “damn obsessed” with finding out the exact month he was about to die.

What are genetic tests… and how do they work?

Many genetic tests claim to be able to give a person an accurate estimate of how long they have left to live.

They work by analyzing a person’s genetic code and looking for certain mutations that put them at risk for disease.

Telemora, structures at the end of a person’s chromosomes, are analyzed to determine the risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

These structures typically shorten as a person ages, signaling an increased risk for certain chronic diseases.

Genetic testing can give someone an accurate risk assessment for their future luck or the development of a disease, but cannot give a 100% concrete answer.

Over-the-counter tests can cost between hundreds and thousands of dollars each

The test revealed that he had significantly elevated triglyceride levels, which put him at high risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke or pancreas problems later in life.

These are fats that are stored in the blood if someone consumes too many calories.

After the results came back, White entered a program to help prolong his life – and lost 30 pounds as a result.

The 10x Health System website now prominently features Mr. White at the top of its website’s homepage, alongside text that reads ‘GET THE SAME GENETIC TEST DANA WHITE TOOK’.

He marks his genetic testing as, “breakthrough genetic testing lets you discover exactly how to optimize your body so you can create personalized solutions based on your DNA.”

Both Dr. Caplan and Dr. Greely questioned predictions as accurate as that received by Mr. White.

“To me, the biggest ethical issue with DNA testing is the same as the ethical issue with palm reading or other divinations: it almost certainly doesn’t work,” Dr Greely told DailyMail.com.

“At least not very well. DNA testing can work in rare circumstances, such as when someone is at significant genetic risk for a life-threatening disease, such as Huntington’s disease, which typically strikes at a certain age. But these conditions are rare.

He says tests may be able to give a probability as to how likely someone is to reach a certain milestone – such as the chance they have of reaching 70 – but not much beyond that.

These types of tests should still be primarily reserved for older people, he says.

“In short, unless there is very compelling evidence to the contrary, I strongly suspect DNA testing is worthless,” Dr. Greely continued.

He has doubts about 10x Health System in particular.

After reviewing the company’s website, he wrote to DailyMail.com: “I see NO reason to believe this. [On the other hand]as long as people don’t take it seriously, it’s no more unethical than a lot of the stupid things we let happen.

“But that’s a big caveat – ‘until people take it seriously.

Dr Hank Greely, an expert in genetics and neuroethics at Stanford University, said there was no reason to believe what the 10x Health System genetic test might find

Dr Arthur Caplan notes that insurance companies spend a lot of money predicting the lifespan of their customers when determining premiums and other rates.

Dr Hank Greely (left), an expert in genetics and neuroethics at Stanford University, said there was no reason to believe what the 10x Health System genetic test might find. Dr Arthur Caplan (right) notes that insurance companies spend a lot of money predicting the lifespan of their customers when setting premiums and other rates

10x Health System did not respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment.

Dr. Caplan agrees that any test that tries to predict how long a person has left to live should provide answers in probability rather than certainty.

He notes that insurance companies are already making a form of it with the periodic tests they perform on enrollees.

They do this by using eight, family history and whether a person has chronic conditions like high cholesterol or high blood pressure – without using swabs to make exact guesses about how long a person has to live. .

For a young, healthy person who doesn’t have a chronic condition, Dr. Caplan doesn’t see how these tests can give specific life ranges.

He also says those offering the test must also be willing to offer help to people after they receive their results – something Mr White received from 10x Health System.

Whether it’s helping with lifestyle changes to extend lifespan or providing mental health support to someone for what can be a shocking revelation.

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