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The One Number to Measure Health

If you had one number of measuring health, it should be this one.

The last decade has seen exponential growth in data.

Personal health data is no exception.

Steps, heart rates, hours slept, and biomarkers analysed. So much data.  So many companies trying to make sense of the data and give meaningful insight that will ultimately do what?  It is supposed to drive a change in behaviour. The more it’s measured, the more it can be improved. It’s a lovely thought, but the evidence is suggesting that after the ‘honeymoon’ period of insight, changes tend to be minimal.

A lot of this is what we call ‘surface data’. It’s superficial and now ubiquitous.  At Prohab, we want to boil it down to a simple highly accurate measure of health, resilience and longevity.  A number that truly tells us about your future health span. How long you will live a healthy life. The reality is people are living longer but getting sicker with lifestyle disease much earlier.  They are then propped up for decades on a cocktail membership programmes called ‘lifestyle medications.’

Is your body, your biology living younger or older than your chronological age?

If a 32 year has a body that’s 38 and the numbers are accurate, would that be more insightful?  As the 32-year-old thinks about having a family and then taking the next step in their career would this insight give them pause for thought about what could be done to reverse this? If we told them that with those numbers, they are drastically increasing their chances of being on lifestyle medication.

In 2013 Professor Steve Horvath of UCLA showed that biological age could be accurately predicted across different tissues using DNA methylation data [1].

The power of this predictor is its link to the methylation of specific genes. It’s a measure of how your genes have changed.  The life you have been living: all the exposome actors and their influence on the epigenetic regulation of your genetic script can now be measured.

Rapid advances in machine learning and some serious brainboxes in the field of epigenetics have now made this possible.  You can get a measure of your biological age compared to your actual age with, wait for it, 96% accuracy.

It comes standard with our Ultimate Wellness Journey programme.

When then help people change their number from the inside out. And yes, you can have a biological age that is years younger than your real age.

Are you ready?

Get started with our Indicator

 

[1] Steve Horvath, Michael Gurven, Morgan E Levine, Benjamin C Trumble, Hillard Kaplan, Hooman Allayee, Beate R Ritz, Brian Chen, Ake T Lu, Tammy M Rickabaugh, et al. An epigenetic clock analysis of race/ethnicity, sex, and coronary heart disease. Genome biology, 17(1):171, 2016.