Kirsty Gallacher’s ‘very scary’ DNA test results that gave her massive surprise

Kirsty Gallacher was left in shock after gruelling DNA test results revealed she has a risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

The former Sky Sports presenter, 43, was invited to do a DNA analysis test, and being a fitness fanatic she thought it'd be a chance to improve her health by learning what suits her genetics.

The TV presenter, who has three personal training sessions a week and enjoys regular swimming and running, was left shocked at her discoveries from CircleDNA.

Her findings out highlighted the fact she has a sensitivity to caffeine and sodium as well as a vitamin B6 deficiency.


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But above all a surprising health forecast that showed she has a propensity of developing Alzheimer's.

The stunned media personality admitted to Daily Express : "It was very scary. The week I found out I talked at an Alzheimer's charity event with BBC sport pundit Robbie Savage, whose dad died of Alzheimer's and it was so distressing listening to his story because I didn't know it all."

She later confessed it's a "cruel disease" and that her grandfather had died of Alzheimer's in the mid-80s.

Her grandmother Peggy passed away four years later as it "wore her down so much" she had ended up with an infection that killed her in hospital.


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"To watch my mum, who's an only child, lose two parents within a few years was horrible," a devastated Kirsty told the publication.

She said she had given her mum one of the tests for Christmas to "fend off" the disease if she has propensity to develop it too.

Kirsty, who is daughter of former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher, credits her dad for prompting her to have DNA testing.

She said: "I've always loved the idea of genetics and looking back at family trees and the way you're designed and where we come from."

Just 18 days after supplying global genetic testing company Prenetics with a cheek swab, she received her results – which was 500 personalised reports on genetic categories including ancestry, food sensitivity and behavioural traits.

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