Leveraging the power of blood, Nightingale provides a three-tier view of health—the Nightingale Health Index, different health indicators and numerous biomarkers—to track your metabolic health.
Here’s how My Nightingale blood test measures over 20 different health parameters and what gets delivered via the app.
Nightingale Health Index is a powerful metric that reflects 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 and exercise habits. 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, diabetes resistance, inflammation and heart age. 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, which takes into account the disease risk of these two illnesses 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 blood test and app also includes different health indicators that help you track how your lifestyle affects different areas of your wellbeing.
Cholesterol balance is a measure of good versus 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 is a measure of good versus bad fats in your blood.
Diabetes resistance is an estimate to see how well-guarded your body is against developing type 2 diabetes in the long run. To further explore your body's long-term health, the indicator also estimates your type 2 diabetes risk for the next 10 years.
Heart age reflects your cardiovascular health compared to your biological 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 blood test and app includes different biomarkers. These biomarkers help you see the minutest change in your metabolic health so that you get constant objective feedback.
Total cholesterol is the aggregate of both good and bad cholesterol concentration in your bloodstream and is linked to your heart health.
LDL-cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, is often referred to as the "bad” cholesterol as an excess of it is bad for your heart health.
HDL-cholesterol, 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 health.
VLDL-cholesterol, or very low-density cholesterol, is also called the “bad” cholesterol’s an excess of it isn’t good for your heart health.
ApoB, or Apolipoprotein B, is a protein that helps “bad” cholesterol particles move in your blood and therefore is bad for your heart 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 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.
PUFA% tells you how much of your total fatty acid count is polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), which are “good” fats. Generally, a higher polyunsaturated fatty acid count is better for your heart health.
Omega-3% tells you how much of your total fatty acid count is omega-3, which is a polyunsaturated fat in your blood. Generally, a higher omega-3% is better for you.
Omega-6% tells you how much of your total fatty acid count is omega-6, which is a polyunsaturated fat in your blood. Generally, higher omega-6% is better for you.
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 health.
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are amino acids that should be part of your diet but excess BCAAs in the blood is generally unhealthy.