Wearable & Biological Data Analysis

The potential of wearable and biological data interpretation has advanced substantially in recent years to give unprecedented insights into our state of health in body and mind

Dr Andy Crockett

The accuracy and range of health data that we can download about ourselves is exponentially expanding. From sleep, heart rate and activity data through to sensors that continually measure our blood biochemistry, there is an extensive list of what metrics can now be gathered. Our programmes utilise these emerging technologies to help guide your individual programme plan. 

 

 

 

Oura Ring

The Oura ring uses nanotechnology to monitor the signals your body gives us to analyse your sate of "readiness". It's a discrete wearable device that inconspicuously sits on your finger measuring your heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, body temperature, sleep quality, stages and duration, as well as your activity throughout the day. This can objectively analyse how our body is responsng to our daily physical and mental stress.

Sleep is one of the greatest health and performance enhancing tools our body has. When you can optimise your sleep you can impact the performance of your:

  • Immune system

  • Risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cognitive decline and heart disease

  • Recovery so you can train harder and smarter

  • Memory, concentration, learning and emotional regulation so your brain can function at it's best

With a daily analysis of your "readiness score", the Oura ring gives an objective insight into your body's state of preparedness which can be harnessed to make the most out of your training or to schedule your week's business to keep you at the top of your game.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Continuous glucose monitoring involves wearing a small plastic disc on the skin which has a tiny sensor that can continuously record sugar levels. We now know that how much an individual's blood sugar level rises after a meal is unique and even identical twins can have completely divergent reactions to an identical meal. Blood sugar rising too high after a meal can be an indication of diabetes.

Tracking glucose (sugar) levels in almost real-time, gives rapid feedback about the effects different behaviours (such as exercise, stress, relaxation, meal timings, sleep) throughout our day can affect blood glucose level on an individual basis. It provides results that can feed into tailored modifications of how, when and what we eat to mitigate against the possible harmful effects of high blood sugar levels.

The reason why blood glucose levels rise when we are metabolically unhealthy is due to a phenomenon known as insulin resistance. Insulin is the body's hormone that controls the use of glucose in the body. If the body becomes resistant to the insulin signals, blood glucose levels rise and can lead to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, inflammation and dementia.

Our programme incorporate a period of glucose monitoring to give a detailed insight into the individual metabolic consequences of different foods, meals and behaviours in order to optimise metabolic health.