Measuring overall your health is tricky, even for experienced doctors and medical professionals. But at Wild Health, data is in our DNA — so we created our own proprietary Health Score to break down your medical wellness in one easy-to-understand number. Here’s what to know about the Health Score, how it’s calculated, and how you can improve it.
What is my Health Score?
Your Health Score shows the overall picture of your health. It’s a snapshot of your current state of health, and it changes based on lab results and lifestyle activities. You can view your Health Score in Clarity and on the Wild Health app.
How did you create the Health Score?
We put a lot of work into developing the Health Score so it’s as accurate and comprehensive as possible. Specifically, we referenced over 1,500 research articles to combine 32 different health markers, and we drilled those stats down into one unique, overarching number: the Health Score.
To calculate a baseline Health Score, we need at least 10 health markers, such as:
- Lab values, like lipids, hormones, vitamins, and inflammatory markers
- Biometrics, like pulse, blood pressure, and weight
- Lifestyle data, like smoking or alcohol use and physical activity
- Cardiovascular and metabolic risk scores
The more health markers we use in the calculation, the more accurate your Health Score.
How is my Health Score Calculated??
Your Health Score can range from 60 to 100, and the average score of the Wild Health patient population is 78.
But there’s more to it than just a single number.We arrive at this score by converting each health marker value into a “hazard ratio” (basically, an estimate of relative risk) and combining them to generate your total score. We then compare this data against the Wild Health patient population.
To help you drill down into the different aspects of your Health Score, we display your hazard ratios as a blue or red bar next to each marker. Red bars indicate a negative impact on health, while blue bars indicate a neutral or positive impact. The bigger the impact, the bigger the bar — and these charts help you drill down exactly where you can take action to improve your Health Score.
How can I improve my Health Score?
Your Health Score is a living, breathing bit of data that adjusts in response to your lab results and lifestyle changes. If you don’t make any changes to your health habits, your Health Score won’t change either — but if you put in the work and stay consistent with your new habits, you’ll see it reflected in your Health Score.
Here are a few ways to improve your Health Score:
- Work with your doctor and health coach to build a personalized plan based on your current biomarkers, and retest every 3 to 6 months to understand what changes are moving the needle. For best results, see your health coach at least once a month and your doctor once a quarter.
- Take advantage of wearables (like the Oura Ring or WHOOP) to track recovery, heart rate variability, movement goals, and more. Tracking data is the first step to changing it, and these metrics can contribute to improving your labs and eventually, your Health Score.
- Keep a diary of your lifestyle activities — for example, days you worked out and how often you’re drinking — then share that information with your health team. Changing your lifestyle habits can make an immediate impact on your Health Score, and making these changes early in your health journey can give you the momentum you need to stick to your new routine.
- While it may be tempting to jump headfirst into big changes, don’t forget that small habits stack up as well. Taking your supplements, hitting your movement goal, and prioritizing daily mindfulness will add up over time and lead to results.
At the end of the day, there’s no silver bullet to magically boosting your Health Score by 20 points over night — there’s just consistent, hard work and commitment to your own well-being. Ask your health team today how they support you in improving your Health Score through detailed testing, personalized plans, and actionable feedback.