Weight Problems? Blood, Urine & Genetic Tests For Weight

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:
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This post lists biological factors that can be tested in some form or another. Testing accuracy will vary based on the type of test being done. In general, direct blood results are the most accurate, then metabolites (in urine) and then genes. If you’re struggling with weight issues, you want to check out which factors might be your weak links.

133 Different Mechanisms for Weight Modulation

See the following posts, which have 133 different mechanisms:

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Pro Weight Gain

Blood Tests

You can take blood tests for these, which is better than looking at your genes for these.

Genetics Tests/SelfDecode

There are genes related to these. You can take a genetics test and plug the results into SelfDecode. I’m adding SNPs frequently, so keep checking back if you already purchased a subscription.

Pro Weight Loss

Blood Tests

You can take blood tests for these, which is better than looking at your genes for these.

Genetics Tests/SelfDecode

Mixed Effects

Blood/Urine Tests

  • DHEA might have gender-specific effects – men lose and women gain weight [1].
  • Serotonin has tissue-specific effects – it causes weight gain in the body but weight loss in the hypothalamus [2].

Genetics Tests/SelfDecode

  • LXR has mixed effects on weight [3].

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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