What’s included in My Nightingale results—an overview
Here’s how we measure them and what gets delivered via the My Nightingale app.
Nightingale Health Index
Nightingale Health Index is a powerful metric that summarises the impact of lifestyle on your health. It is calculated by comparing your molecular health data with a huge database of results from people of different backgrounds — ages, gender, body metrics, medical history, diet, exercise habits, education and jobs. Based on this, you receive a score that maxes at 100. The higher the Nightingale Health Index score, the bigger are your odds of living a long and healthy life.
The Health Index consists of different components revealing different aspects of metabolic health such as cholesterol balance, blood sugar, fatty acid balance, insulin sensitivity, inflammation and heart’s health. And the index is closely tied to your lifestyle. Meaning, what you eat and drink, how much you exercise, how well you sleep, your stress levels—everything contributes to the underlying factors of the index. It also tracks health markers related to two major chronic illnesses—type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases—and can predict the diseases risk up to 10 years in advance.
In short, the index gives you an easy-to-follow overall view of health, measures progress made over time from lifestyle improvements and helps you stay healthy.
My Nightingale app also includes six health indicators that help you track how your lifestyle affects different areas of your wellbeing.
Cholesterol balance is a measure of
bad cholesterol in your blood.
Blood sugar is simply the level of glucose (sugar) in your bloodstream.
Chronic low-grade inflammation is a steady, low-level inflammation throughout the body that indicates disease risk.
Fatty acid balance
Fatty acid balance is a measure of
bad fats in your blood.
Insulin sensitivity is a measure to check how your body is responding to insulin, a hormone that regulates the energy utilisation. To further explore how well your body is responding to insulin, the indicator also estimates your type 2 diabetes risk for the next 10 years.
Heart age is a reflection of your cardiovascular health vis-à-vis your actual age. To further understand your heart’s health, the indicator also estimates your cardiovascular disease risk for the next 10 years.
To give you a deep dive into your metabolic health, the My Nightingale app includes 16 different biomarkers.
Total cholesterol is the cholesterol concentration in your bloodstream measured to check your heart’s health.
LDL-C, or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, is often referred to as the
bad cholesterol as excess of it is bad for your heart’s health.
HDL-C, or high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, is also called the
good cholesterol as it helps in removing unnecessary cholesterol from your body, thereby reducing your risk of getting a heart disease.
Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. Excess of them isn’t good for your heart’s health.
VLDL-C, or very low-density cholesterol, is also called the
bad cholesterol as excess of it isn’t good for your heart’s health.
ApoB, or Apolipoprotein B, is a protein that helps
bad cholesterol particles move in your blood and therefore is bad for your heart’s health.
ApoA1, or apolipoprotein A1, is also a protein. It helps
good cholesterol particles move in your blood and therefore is good for your heart’s health.
As the name suggests, ApoB/ApoA1 balance is a ratio of ApoB to ApoA1 in your blood.
Blood glucose is the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
Ketosis is a state in which, when your body is low on glucose, it burns stored fat to produce ketones that can act as an alternative source of energy for the brain.
Glycoprotein acetylation (GlycA) indicates the minutest inflammation in your body known as chronic low-grade inflammation.
Omega-3% tells you how much of your total fatty acid count is omega-3, which is a good polyunsaturated fat in your blood.
Omega-6% tells you how much of your total fatty acid count is omega-6, which is a good polyunsaturated fat in your blood.
MUFA% tells you how much of your total fatty acid count is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). MUFAs are fats that should be part of your diet but excess MUFA in the blood is unhealthy.
SFA% tells you how much of your total fatty acid count is saturated fatty acids (SFA), a fatty acid you should keep an eye on as excess of it may cause diabetes and are bad for your heart’s health.
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are amino acids that should be part of your diet but excess BCAAs in the blood is unhealthy.