If you need to remember only one thing about your health, then it needs to mean something important. That’s the idea behind the Nightingale Health Index (NHI) — it's the one number that captures the most relevant health data to reflect the impact of your lifestyle on your body and shows your odds of living a healthy life. Here’s why you should know your NHI score.
Won’t it be great if you could look at your health results as you look at, say, exam results? A grade or a single score to summarise you how you’re doing in that subject, here it being your health. That’s the core idea behind the Nightingale Health Index — it’s a unique metric that summarises your key health parameters into one score. Think of it as your “long-term health” score that tells you how your everyday lifestyle is affecting your body and how you could improve your future health. The higher your NHI, the better are your odds of living a healthy life.
Although the index is based on all 20+ blood results included in the My Nightingale test, it isn’t just a plain summary of it. The index compares your health numbers with a huge database of results from people of different backgrounds — ages, sex, body metrics, medical history, diet and exercise habits — to give you the most objective summary of your health status. So, rather than getting a generic health average, for the first time you get a score that’s adjusted to your age and sex and can be compared with anyone's score (even your mom's). By measuring your NHI (Nightingale Health Index) on a regular basis you can:
Your NHI is influenced by six key health indicators — cholesterol balance, blood sugar, fatty acid balance, diabetes resistance, inflammation and heart age — and with over 20 underlying biomarker results (such as omega-3, omega-6, saturated fatty acids, ApoB, ApoA1, triglycerides, GlycA and BCAAs) that represent different aspects of your health. The higher your health indicator numbers, the better your NHI score.
Although the algorithms behind calculating your index might be complex, understanding and improving your NHI is quite simple. Your Nightingale Health Index score maxes at 100.
With regular follow-ups, you can track progress made over time and stay healthy.