What’s the most important SNP?

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

People always ask me this one question: “Which SNP should I look at for this particular health issue?”

Let me tell you what I always tell them. Most of the time, there isn’t going to be one magical SNP that will be the solution to your problems. In fact, individual SNPs don’t have a huge impact on your health. It’s the combination of them that can make a difference. 

I talk a little bit about this in this video (it’s only 2.5 minutes).

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When I started my health journey, there weren’t any tools to really help me understand how to hack my biology. Most DNA reports only looked at 1 or 2 SNPs, which isn’t usually predictive of a health issue.

That’s why I wanted to make sure that SelfDecode was the most accurate tool in the market. The first step to optimizing your health is understanding what your priorities are, and to do that you need an accurate representation of your genetic predispositions. Today, we have reports at SelfDecode that look at 1.2M+ genetic variants each. That’s as accurate as it gets.

In fact, we are the only company in the world that is offering consumers ancestry-adjusted polygenic risk scores. That means we’re not only looking at millions of genetic variants to produce your scores, but we’re also taking your ancestry into consideration to make them even more accurate.  

If you want to understand your genetic blueprint, then sign up for SelfDecode and start your own journey to optimal health.

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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