Master Sergeant Joseph Roberts' Transformation

By Perrin Braun, September 8, 2014


It’s easy to see why InsideTracker can be beneficial for professional athletes like Sarah Haskins, Jarrod Shoemaker, and Ruben Sanca, who have to keep their bodies in the best condition possible to rival other world-class competitors. Even a small change in nutrition can improve performance and turn a good effort into a winning one. But InsideTracker also offers big benefits to other people—especially individuals like retired Master Sergeant (MSG) Joseph Roberts, who knows how important it is to stay healthy before, during, and after long military stints in Iraq. joseph roberts


For MSG(R) Roberts, nutrition and the military are fundamentally interconnected. Appropriate food, in terms of both nutritional quality and quantity, are required to ensure that the physical capacity and mental ability of military personnel remain at optimal levels. Wanting to learn more about his nutritional status, MSG(R) Roberts came across InsideTracker from an Internet search, and decided to give the program a try. The former Sergeant suffered traumatic brain injuries from a roadside bomb that went off in Iraq in 2007, and reported that nutrition recommendations from InsideTracker were a major contributor to his healing process, as well as influenced his subsequent rehabilitation.

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Despite being in the military for twenty-one years and having access to Army doctors, Roberts’ had not had a thorough testing of his hormone levels, as this type of testing is not standard under doctor care. His physicians correctly said that his testosterone levels were within the “normal range” for the general population, but InsideTracker told him something new: each person has a different “optimal zone,” which is a number that is specific to each person and takes into account his or her own unique demographic information, such as age, gender, ethnicity, activity level, as well as lifestyle and performance goals. Roberts’ InsideTracker results let him know that his testosterone levels were definitely below optimal for his unique physical needs, which is especially problematic for someone in the military because testosterone plays a key role in development and maintenance of both muscle mass and strength. Roberts brought his InsideTracker results to his doctor, who took action on his low testosterone levels once they discerned that his abnormal hormone levels were caused by the explosion in 2007. 

Moreover, ever since he began adhering to the personalized nutrition recommendations that were provided by InsideTracker scientists, Roberts was able to reduce the number of medications that he was taking from five to just one. He also witnessed improved cholesterol and reduced creatine kinase levels, which shows that even simple changes in diet can really make a huge difference in impacting overall health.

“All the InsideTracker results continue to be very helpful,” Roberts explained. Because the information from his first blood test was so useful, he scheduled three different follow-up tests using the Performance Plan, which provides customers with personalized results for 20 different blood biomarkers.

So, how does MSG(R) Roberts rate the InsideTracker program? “My experience has been beyond positive,” he proclaimed. Roberts also mentioned that the InsideTracker program is “very simple” to use, and loved that fact that he could access his personal information at home, on vacation, or anywhere with Internet access. And now that he has a deeper understanding of the importance of individualized blood analysis, he’s even planning on urging his military friends to sign up for an InsideTracker plan, and may even go so far as to encourage the Army to conduct pre and post deployment bloodwork on its current members.

Does this former Sergeant have any advice for people who are looking to improve their physical performance?  “Use InsideTracker and follow their guidelines. There’s no way to cheat the system; your bloodwork will show what you’re doing right and doing wrong.” And, if you’re following all the nutrition and physical activity recommendations and still see some irregularities in your biomarkers, you can take the results to your doctor to see if there’s a deeper problem—just like Roberts did!

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