November 18, 2019

My Nightingale: why we use blood to measure health

There are many ways to keep a tab on your health, but we trust blood. Here’s why.

Your blood holds the truth about your health. It not only gives comprehensive but the most current and scientifically backed information. This makes it one of the best ways to track and improve your wellbeing. Here’s why we believe in blood:

Blood is scientific

Blood is one of the oldest and most used ways to check a person’s wellbeing. As a result, there are thousands of research papers that provide strong scientific evidence linking blood results to a person’s health. So, with blood, you get medically validated information about your health.

Blood is deep

Your blood is deeper than your skin, literally and figuratively. It goes deeper than biometric measurements like heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate, sleep and such. It reflects your real health based on your metabolism, which is all the vital chemical processes that occur inside your body and help you maintain a healthy life. Meaning, you measure medically recognised health markers (commonly known as biomarkers) such as fats, sugars, amino acids and more to track your wellbeing. And since blood responds to your daily lifestyle, vis-a-vis what you eat, how much you exercise, your stress levels and so on, it can track your health real-time.

Blood is detailed

A small blood sample contains numerous data points that can help you keep an eye on multiple aspects of your health. For instance, with the My Nightingale service, you can follow your metabolic health by measuring blood sugar, cholesterol balance, inflammation, fatty acid balance, diabetes resistance and heart health—from a single blood draw, all at the same time. That’s not all, you also have 16 different biomarkers that give you an even more detailed view of your health.

Blood is dynamic

Your blood constantly changes to reflect your everyday life, even the smallest differences. So, by measuring it, you can get constant feedback and actionable data points to improve your health. For instance, say, your blood sugar and diabetes resistance results are poor and you have a higher risk of developing diabetes in the coming years. You can take corrective steps, make lifestyle changes and do a follow-up after a few months to check if things have improved.

It doesn’t always have to be about illnesses. For example, your overall health might be good but you notice that your omega-3% is low. You can try an omega-3-rich diet for a couple of months and see how you’ve progressed. If the results aren’t as good as you expected, you can try out another way. Say, start taking supplements for a few months. This way, you can measure accurately which methods and lifestyle work for you the best.

In short, blood guides you to achieve long-term health.