Being Proactive Against COVID-19: Blood Biomarkers to Watch

A major threat of COVID-19 is its differential impact on people with pre-existing health conditions; from what we know so far, COVID-19 is more dangerous for people with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, and cancer.[1] But if you (or someone you love) fall into this demographic, there are actions you can take to optimize your overall health and well-being—and your immune response to a potential infection. Here's a list of science-based changes to ...

What Your DNA Can and Can't Tell You About Your Ideal Diet

In the world of personalized nutrition, it’s well accepted that there is no "one size fits all" diet. But recently, the concept of individualized diets have been taken to the next level thanks to a slew of genetic testing products promising DNA-based nutrition plans. So that begs the question: how much does DNA actually influence your diet? While the potential seems very high, unfortunately, the science isn’t quite there yet. Here's why you should be wary of any DNA test that promises a perfect ...

DNA 101: Understanding the Basics and Beyond

Every wonder why some individuals have an easier time keeping their cholesterol optimized? Or how some people can lose weight easily with exercise, while others need to work much harder? While there may be many possible reasons, one scientifically validated explanation is our genetic predispositions, or potential, for various traits. Sometimes the answers lie within our genome*—our complete library of DNA —the instruction manual for how our body works. And thanks to advancements made in the ...

Want a Complete Picture of Your Well-Being? Combine DNA and Blood.

We’re officially launching the InsideTracker DNA Kit! This first-of-its-kind product allows you to leverage the power of DNA and blood together to generate more dynamic and precise InsideTracker recommendations to optimize your health. Our new DNA Kit captures your genetic predispositions and combines them with a snapshot of your body's current state to paint the most complete picture of your well-being that science can offer. Here's how.

Can You Improve Heart Health in Young Adulthood? These People Did.

It’s the leading cause of death for men, women, and most ethnic and racial groups. It kills more people than all forms of cancer combined. And one person dies from it every 37 seconds.[1] Heart disease continues to be the greatest threat to American health, and yet, our healthcare system fails to prevent this deadly disease. One way to tackle this issue is to be proactive and access your bloodwork and DNA data—insights into genetic predispositions and nutrition and lifestyle habits can help you ...

What Your Weekly Sexual Activity Says About Your Well-being

Maintaining a thriving sex drive with age has always been a challenge, and the distractions of the 21st century haven't made it any easier to create and maintain intimate moments with our partners. But research shows that a healthy sex life is important for wellness and aging—those who have regular, partnered sex have different levels of stress, inflammation, and even blood pressure than those who don't. And if you find it hard to feel 'turned on' on a daily or weekly basis, there are ...

Science-Backed Habits to Live Past 100

After reading David Sinclair’s book Lifespan, I’ve been on a mission to uncover more strategies to increase longevity. In my last blog, The Best Foods to Slow Aging, I investigated the top foods that impact cellular aging. Individual foods like broccoli sprouts and mushrooms work to an extent, but it made me wonder whether there were larger diet patterns and behaviors that have already proven effective. Well, what better way to answer this question than to look at populations in which people ...

How This Nutrition Professional Outsmarted her Diet

The quest for longevity—the legendary "fountain of youth"—is centuries old. And while we can't stop time, recent science suggests we can both slow aging and improve our lifespan with simple changes. This science has led to the development of InsideTracker's personalized recommendations for lifestyle changes, helping our users live more healthy, longer lives. We caught up with one of our very own data scientists for more on how she’s using InsideTracker to promote her own healthy aging.
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