We talk about health a lot over here. Unfortunately, there are many people that preach health…but may not be the healthiest people themselves.
There’s one good way to know for sure…blood testing. Though of course no test is 100% accurate, this can certainly give a good picture.
And in the interest of transparency I’m sharing my results with you here.
Recently my friend Travis Stoetzel introduced me to InsideTracker. I talked to Mike and ordered a test right away. You can hear me and Mike on the most recent podcast episode here.
In that episode I mentioned some of my test results, and I figured writing an article like this with snapshots would give you an even better picture, literally. I did the Ultimate Test with the Inner Age added.
Each biomarker is put into one of three groups.
- Needs Work
- At Risk
Overall, I have to say this is pretty good, with 29 things optimized, 9 needing work, and 3 in the danger zone. Not perfect, but who is?
- Vitamin B12
- Basophils, Eosinophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes
- Creatine kinase
- Free Testosterone
- Hemoglobin, Red blood cells, Hematocrit
- MCV, MCH, MCHC
One of the things that I am most pleased about is that this test showed the highest testosterone I’ve ever had on a test, with 782 ng/dL. It’s not the ideal over 1000 I’d like to see, but since I consider myself naturally low on T this is good news.
And my free testosterone came in at 12.4 pg/mL.
I guess my Upgrade Your Testosterone plan is working pretty well.
So what wasn’t so good? This chart shows what was at risk and what needs work.
I’ll showcase a few of these things below.
Vitamin D is hugely important for many things. Yet I came in a little low. Why is this? Probably because I stopped taking Vitamin D supplements and am instead working to get it from the best way to do so…the sun. Recent research is showing how the sun provides actually much more than just D, so I’m spending time outdoors.
I’ve made it a higher priority in my life, though as this test shows, I need to do even more.
SHBG or sex hormone binding globulin – This may be the marker that is most off. Despite it being high my Free T still came in good. This isn’t the first time either. Previous personal blood tests have shown high SHBG, so this seems to be an area of focus for me.
Mike had some interesting tips about SHBG on our call. And I can tell you one thing I’m working with regularly now is Nettle Root. We’ll see how it affects my next test.
My fasting glucose came in a bit high. Am I worried about this? No. I did a lot of testing of my glucose a while back and found that my insulin levels never went very high even after meals. Probably a bit high because off the things I was busy doing that day, that’s my guess anyway.
Speaking of glucose that brings us to InnerAge. This rates your chronological age versus your biological age. This is based on just a few numbers which are deemed the most important.
Unfortunately I came in a little bit old…and this happened because of this glucose level.
So I’ll certainly be taking a look at all these numbers in my next test.
That just gives you a taste of what’s inside. As you can see on some of those screenshots, and there are many more available, with each result, they give you specific recommendations. These can be with diets, supplementation, workouts and lifestyle.