The Impact of LDL Cholesterol Particle Size and ApoB on Heart Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 80% of cardiovascular disease—which includes heart disease and stroke—are preventable.[1] As such, InsideTracker has always measured key blood biomarkers associated with heart health, like various cholesterol particles. But since the research is always being updated, we're always looking to do the same to our system and the biomarkers we test. So, we sought out to evaluate two components of cholesterol particles ...

How Food Can Improve Mental Health and Symptoms of Seasonal Depression

It’s the time of the year again where the days grow shorter as the seasons change. As daylight fades from fall through winter, we’re more susceptible to suffer from seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D. According to Mental Health America, up to 5% of the population in the U.S. experiences seasonal depression.[1] But until more recently, the link between nutrition and mental health has been significantly overlooked. Here, we will take a closer look at how our ...

How Your Menstrual Cycle Can Affect Blood Test Results

We know that sex hormones fluctuate substantially throughout the menstrual cycle, but are other blood biomarkers influenced by your period, too? Yes—research shows that many blood biomarkers (including those in your iron, lipid, and inflammation groups) can vary substantially according to menstrual cycle phase. And these fluctuations can have important implications when interpreting blood test results. In general, it's best practice to get blood tests done at the same point in your menstrual ...

How Underfueling Impacts Performance—And How to Prevent It

It’s no secret that many athletes or active individuals feel pressure to look a certain way or hit a specific number on the scale. But this mindset can often lead to overtraining or underfueling, both of which are harmful to an individual's mental and physical health. And though the occasional skipped snack or gel won't substantially affect long-term physical health, consistent underfueling, particularly during bouts of intense training, can impact performance, recovery, and overall health in ...

These Men Used InsideTracker Blood Tests to Turn Their Health Around

June is Men’s Health month, so there’s no better time to focus on men's health concerns. Are you a guy who’s put off that annual physical? Do you have a man in your life who’s notoriously stubborn about addressing that ache or pain? You’re not alone. Compared to their female counterparts, the average man pays less attention to his health, is more likely to put off regular medical check-ups and care, and smokes, drinks, and engages in risky behaviors more often.[1,2] So we talked to three ...

All About Training and Staying Active Through Menopause

More and more women are continuing to lace up their sneakers to train and race hard later in life. But the physiological changes brought on by menopause can be tricky to navigate for many women, particularly when paired with the physical toll of training. Fortunately, the challenge of training through menopause can be worth it in the long run—research shows that active women fare better than their sedentary counterparts later in life.

How to Combat the Negative Effects of Excess Screen Time

Work, school, and so much of daily life has gone digital as the COVID-19 pandemic forces us to remain home. And though maintaining connectedness with work and play is essential, it’s well-known that all this screen time can have a negative impact on sleep and, ultimately, your wellbeing. Luckily, there are some simple changes we can make to our bedtime routine and desk setup to combat and prevent these negative effects.
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