For certain diseases, genetics have a significant effect on disease risk. Providing ethnicity details can let Healthcheck build a profile that is more relevant in terms of a statistical risk score. For example, people of South Asian descent have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease such as heart attack - this may be due to multiple factors including genetics, typical diet etc. Ethnicity is only included as a risk factor where it increases risk on an individual level, and not where ethnicity is used as a proxy measure for other factors such as socioeconomic background.
Articles in this section
- What is Healthcheck and how does it work?
- Understanding disease risk
- How is risk quantified and measured by the AI?
- Where is the information your AI is using coming from?
- Which diseases are included?
- Who can use it?
- How is my ethnicity relevant to some disease risks? Why is my ethnicity a disease risk factor?
- The information I provided is no longer correct, can I change it?
- Where can I find references for the research used?
- How accurate is the disease risk calculation?