What Differentiates HbA1c From Glucose and Why We Don't Test It

By Catherine Roy Jul 13, 2018

One of the most frequent questions we get from users and prospective customers alike is whether we test HbA1c. The short answer, as the title of this article more than hints at, is no, we don’t. However, in addition to sharing actionable insights people can take to improve their overall health, wellness, and performance, we also like to think of ourselves as educators arming our community with the knowledge they need to reach their goals.

Here, we’ll provide a brief education on the differences between HbA1c and its more commonly known counterpart, glucose, as well as the reasoning behind why we test for the latter and not the former.

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How To Optimize Your Post Race Recovery With Mario Fraioli

By Stevie Lyn Smith, RD Apr 30, 2018

You spend countless hours over many months working on your fitness for your "A" race. Then, after all of the hard work is done, you cross the finish line feeling accomplished. For many, that's where the training journey comes to an end, but it shouldn't be. There's one more critical component to consider – recovery.

We sat down with an elite runner and coach, Mario Fraioli a week after this years wet, windy, and wild Boston Marathon. We spoke about the race and how he utilizes InsideTracker for all aspects of his training, including his recovery.

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How To Create a Roadmap for Your Strongest Racing Season Ever – with Megan Roche

By Julia Reedy Jan 05, 2018

Perform. Recover. Repeat. At InsideTracker, we know that training and optimized performance is more of a journey than a destination, and even then, it’s more of a cycle than a straight line. As we reach short-term goals, new, longer-term goals come into focus, and the journey begins again.

A new study shows that these training cycles have more to tell us than meets the eye: with calculated, purposeful, and timely blood testing, we can maximize an athlete's performance throughout their season to minimize the likelihood of overtraining and injury.

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In Defense of Vitamin D: The Facts You Need to Know

By Gil Blander, PhD & Catherine Ward May 05, 2017

A recent New York Times Article began by stating: “There was no reason for the patients to receive vitamin D blood tests.” No reason other than perhaps their interest in taking their health into their own hands and becoming the best version of themselves possible. Or, maybe they were feeling tired and hit a plateau in their training with no idea why. Some, even, were just concerned about aging, and feeling healthy for as long as possible.

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Quick Tips for Finding Your Existing Blood Test Data

By Gil Blander, PhD Mar 19, 2017

 

 
Here's a common question we hear from people when they're trying to decide which InsideTracker plan to select: "I know I already have blood test results from my doctor and I want to use them, but how do I access them?" Navigating the world of medical records can seem a daunting task at first, but it is actually quite simple.

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Should I Perform Genetic Testing, Blood Testing, or Both?

By Gil Blander, PhD Nov 13, 2013

 

The terms “genetic testing” and “blood testing” are frequently considered complementary, and for good reason. Both tests allow you to understand your health risks based on your internal biological activities, aiding in the prevention and management of certain conditions. Whether you should consider one testing method or both methods depends on the kind of health-related information you are looking for, which is why it’s important to arm yourself with the facts.

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