Is BMI an Accurate or Appropriate Anthropometric Tool?

    As a clinical measurement, body mass index or BMI has become increasingly under fire for its lack of flexibility at the individual-person level, calling into question whether BMI is even accurate. BMI has been an ever-present measurement in research, insurance, and clinical care—in some cases appropriately so, but not in others. Here is a summary of BMI’s power as a research tool and its drawbacks for individualized care.

    Another Year Wiser at InsideTracker: Reflecting on Our Most Important Moments of 2021

    2020 upended our daily lives, and 2021 offered a slow but tangible return to reality. And though some challenges of the past couple of years still linger, 2021 proved to be an incredibly special year at InsideTracker. We were finally able to (slowly...) reconnect with our community in person. We continued to strengthen our community online. And we added new science, data insights, and integrations to the InsideTracker system to create the most reliable and robust version of the InsideTracker ...

    A Simple Tool for Evaluating Scientific Studies on Your News Feed

    InsideTracker works on the cutting edge of nutrition and human science. An entire team of scientists is constantly reviewing newly published studies, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, and integrating their findings into the algorithms that provide all InsideTracker users with personalized wellness and nutrition recommendations. But not everybody has a team of experts to assist with decoding the constant stream of science headlines and posts that cross our screens each day. Luckily, you ...

    The Gut-Brain Axis: How Gut Health Influences Dementia Risk

    Though genetics certainly play a role, recent research shows that modifiable lifestyle factors like diet and exercise can actually influence someone's risk of developing age-related cognitive diseases like Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other forms of dementia. In recent years, investigators have explored the role of the gut microbiome in the connection between lifestyle and disease risk. Emerging evidence shows that dementia patients have significantly higher pro-inflammatory ...

    For InsideTracker, 2020 Was a Year of Growth, Innovation, and Coming Together

    There is no denying that 2020 has been one of the most trying years in memory. We've had to change our daily lives and rely on each other more than ever. But as always, with these challenges and changes has come adaptation and innovation, both at the personal and societal levels. At InsideTracker, we've felt these changes and did our best to support our users and community. We rolled out new features and products, new campaigns, and new support systems, all in the name of wellness, longevity, ...

    Is Melatonin Safe? All About the Popular Sleep Supplement

    Melatonin is naturally produced in the brain as a part of our sleep/wake cycle. And in recent years, researchers have realized that melatonin in supplement form has similar effects. But are melatonin supplements safe? What is the most effective and safe form to take? In general, melatonin is quite safe, though experts recommend being conservative with the dosage and the number of nights in a row that you use it. Here's a breakdown of common questions about melatonin supplements.

    The Benefits of Music on Stress, Cognition, and Performance

    It’s no scientific breakthrough that music can impact our brain mental state. Research shows that music can significantly improve mood, stress, cognitive performance, and even endurance and power when applied correctly. How exactly does music benefit the brain and body? Most evidence points to the fact that it boosts mood, which has other downstream effects. Here's a summary of what we know.

    Is Cheese Bad for You? The Evidence Says No—with Some Exceptions

    Cheese’s standing as a component of a healthy diet has long been debated. And it’s true that some animal products promote disease, but is cheese bad for you? Perhaps not—evidence shows that cheese doesn’t deserve to be treated the same as meat or milk. Cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, and research largely doesn’t support the theory that cheese contributes to chronic disease.
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