Trait #036:

Sex hormones and visceral fat

Could suboptimal testosterone and estrogen levels be increasing your risk of weight gain?

The science

The sex hormones and visceral fat trait draws on a combination of other traits, including estrogen production and testosterone level, to assess how your individual hormone profile may contribute to the accumulation of visceral fat.

Visceral fat is not the fat that you can feel around your waistline, but is instead stored deep in your abdominal cavity, surrounding internal organs such as the liver, intestines and pancreas.

Carrying excessive visceral fat has serious health implications and is linked to an increased risk of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, inflammation, dementia, and even some forms of cancer.

The balance of your sex hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, influences your pattern of fat deposition and can affect how much visceral fat you carry.

In men, low testosterone levels are associated with an increased amount of visceral fat. More specifically, rather than low absolute levels of testosterone, visceral fat deposition in men likely arises from low levels of testosterone relative to estrogen.

In contrast to men, higher levels of testosterone appears to be associated with greater amounts of visceral fat in women. Again, it is likely to be a high level of testosterone relative to estrogens, rather than absolute levels of testosterone, that causes visceral fat deposition in women.

Trait classifications

The sex hormones and visceral fat trait analyses a number of genetic variants which influence hormone activity, as well as self-reported lifestyle data, to place you within one of twelve trait classifications: from low to very high risk of weight gain.

The trait classification that you are placed within will determine the personalised insights and actions that your receive.

As the sex hormones and visceral fat trait considers lifestyle factors including weight and activity level, your trait classification may adjust as your report changes to these variables.

Recommended actions

All trait classifications receive a collection of personalised lifestyle, nutrition and exercise traits to help our members reduce their visceral fat levels, manage its health effects or prevent its accumulation.

The most popular action followed by our members is to start every day with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water, with half a squeezed lemon.

This can help to improve insulin sensitivity and prevent tissue damage caused by high blood glucose levels.

Learn more

Download an example sex hormones and visceral trait report to preview the insights and actions that you may receive.
*Not personalised - DNA analysis or DNA upload required.

To learn more about sex hormones, visceral fat, and the relationship between the two, read through the accompanying science blog - our in-house science team produce one for each new trait release.

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