Your health is personal. So is our science.

The rigor of science underpins everything we do at Ancora.

PROVEN INSIGHTS, PERSONAL GUIDANCE

This is what makes Ancora’s science unique

Certified methodology

Ancora is Europe’s only preventive health program with the latest CE medical software and ISO information security management certifications.

Deep insights

By combining data points from your blood, urine, body, DNA and lifestyle, we rely on the latest science to assess your current health and identify possible risks.

Personal action plans

Through our secure online platform we give you advice on nutrition, activity and lifestyle – with support from our health experts every step of the way.

Proven insights, personal guidance

This is what makes Ancora’s science unique

Certified methodology

Ancora is Europe’s only preventive health program with the latest CE medical software and ISO information security management certifications.

Deep insights

By combining data points from your blood, urine, body, DNA and lifestyle, we rely on the latest science to assess your current health and identify possible risks.

Personal action plans

Through our secure online platform we give you advice on nutrition, activity and lifestyle – with support from our health experts every step of the way.

Our science in numbers

scientific articles screened for review

individuals analysed for model validation

genetic data points calculated

What we measure

Our extensive analysis combines blood and urine biomarkers, DNA, physical measurements, lifestyle, and fitness data for reliable insights into your health.

Biomarkers

Molecules found in your blood and urine. They are important indicators of your health.

DNA

Cutting-edge ‘genetic susceptibility scores’ that indicate how your genes may influence your health.

Physical measurements

Assessment of your body composition, including body fat and muscle mass, your fat distribution, and more.

Lifestyle

Analysis of your health goals and daily habits: activity as part of work and travel, sport and fitness training, nutrition and wellbeing.

Fitness

Examination of your strength. With our Health & Performance packages we also examine the conditioning of your heart and lungs.

A TRUE REFLECTION OF YOU AND YOUR HEALTH

Our world is home to nearly 8 billion people – yet no two of us are exactly the same. Everyone’s DNA and environment are different, and each of us has different personal challenges and goals in life.

To truly reflect you and your health, Ancora delivers personalized insights and actions based on detailed measurements of your blood, urine, body, plus genetic and lifestyle factors. Our science is tailored to you.

Body

Key organ and health systems including your metabolism, heart, kidneys and thyroid.

Blood

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Good blood health is essential for transporting oxygen to your muscles and to the organs around your body. To assess your blood health, we look at the proteins responsible for oxygen transport, and at your red and white blood cells.

Bone and muscle

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There are many factors determining your bone and muscle health, from your age to what you eat and how frequently you move. For this assessment, we look at key measures of fitness such as your grip strength, as well as biomarkers in your blood and your activity habits.

Heart

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Your heart will beat about 3 billion times throughout your life, pumping blood full of nutrients and oxygen to your organs, and to your lungs to be oxygenized. To assess your heart health, we review over 10 blood biomarkers, as well as physical measurements, information from your genes and a validated risk-calculator.

Kidneys

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Kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood and maintaining your body’s water balance. We assess a number of blood and urine biomarkers which could indicate whether your kidney function is not optimal, or that you may be at a risk of developing kidney stones.

Liver

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Your liver processes many of the substances that flow through your body. To assess your liver health, we look at liver-specific biomarkers as well as metabolic biomarkers, together with your lifestyle information.

Metabolic

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A well-functioning metabolism is key to a healthy life. With your metabolic health assessment, we determine how effectively your body is processing fats and sugars, and how this is influencing your body composition.

Thyroid

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Your thyroid can impact your health and wellbeing in many ways. We make a complete assessment of your thyroid health by looking at the hormones it produces and at minerals which are essential for thyroid function.

Blood

Good blood health is essential for transporting oxygen to your muscles and to the organs around your body. To assess your blood health, we look at the proteins responsible for oxygen transport, and at your red and white blood cells.

Bone and muscle

There are many factors determining your bone and muscle health, from your age to what you eat and how frequently you move. For this assessment, we look at key measures of fitness such as your grip strength, as well as biomarkers in your blood and your activity habits.

Heart

Your heart will beat about 3 billion times throughout your life, pumping blood full of nutrients and oxygen to your organs, and to your lungs to be oxygenized. To assess your heart health, we review over 10 blood biomarkers, as well as physical measurements, information from your genes and a validated risk-calculator.

Kidneys

Kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood and maintaining your body’s water balance. We assess a number of blood and urine biomarkers which could indicate whether your kidney function is not optimal, or that you may be at a risk of developing kidney stones.

Liver

Your liver processes many of the substances that flow through your body. To assess your liver health, we look at liver-specific biomarkers as well as metabolic biomarkers , together with your lifestyle information.

Metabolic

A well-functioning metabolism is key to a healthy life. With your metabolic health assessment, we determine how effectively your body is processing fats and sugars, and how this is influencing your body composition.

Thyroid

Your thyroid can impact your health and wellbeing in many ways. We make a complete assessment of your thyroid health by looking at the hormones it produces and at minerals which are essential for thyroid function.

MIND

Wellbeing and stress including your cortisol levels, and your personality type.

Wellbeing

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Feeling well is essential for a complete, meaningful life. Yet, many of us often overlook this. To help you reflect on your wellbeing, we show you where you stand regarding six pillars of wellbeing.

Stress

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Stress is a prominent factor in modern life. While it is a physiological response your body cannot do without, too much stress can have detrimental effects on your health and wellbeing. Based on your lifestyle information and blood biomarkers, we assess your body and your mind’s ability to handle stress.

Wellbeing

Feeling well is essential for a complete, meaningful life. Yet, many of us often overlook this. To help you reflect on your wellbeing, we show you where you stand regarding six pillars of wellbeing.

Stress

Stress is a prominent factor in modern life. While it is a physiological response your body cannot do without, too much stress can have detrimental effects on your health and wellbeing. Based on your lifestyle information and blood biomarkers, we assess your body and your mind’s ability to handle stress.

LIFESTYLE

Energy balance, micronutrients, physical activity and for Health and Performance members: cardiopulmonary fitness, inflammation, and recovery.

Nutrition

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Food is not just ‘energy’ or ‘fuel’ – food is nutrition for your health. And when consumed in the right quantities, it can have multiple benefits. To be able to effectively pinpoint which foods you eat too much of, too little of, or just right – we measure a range of vitamins and minerals in your blood. We also assess your health, and use the answers you provided in your Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire.

Activity

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Regular physical activity is of utmost importance. In combination with healthful nutrition, it lowers your risk for a vast number of health conditions, boosts your mood, and contributes to leading a fulfilling life. At Ancora, we advocate three pillars of physical activity: being active (avoiding a sedentary lifestyle), aerobic activity (activities that raise your heart rate and breathing rate), and bone and muscle-strengthening activities.

Health behaviors

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In addition to stress, nutrition and activity, we have refined the Health Promotion Model (originally published by Pender in 1987) to provide you insight into your health behaviors, including responsibility, spiritual growth and interpersonal relations.

Performance

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As a Health and Performance member you also receive detailed insights into your cardiopulmonary fitness (i.e. how well your lungs are exchanging gas, how well your heart is pumping blood, and how well your muscles can use oxygen), inflammation and recovery (using a number of extra blood biomarkers).

Nutrition

Food is not just ‘energy’ or ‘fuel’ – food is nutrition for your health. And when consumed in the right quantities, it can have multiple benefits. To be able to effectively pinpoint which foods you eat too much of, too little of, or just right – we measure a range of vitamins and minerals in your blood. We also assess your health, and use the answers you provided in your Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire.

Activity

Regular physical activity is of utmost importance. In combination with healthful nutrition, it lowers your risk for a vast number of health conditions, boosts your mood, and contributes to leading a fulfilling life. At Ancora, we advocate three pillars of physical activity: being active (avoiding a sedentary lifestyle), aerobic activity (activities that raise your heart rate and breathing rate), and bone and muscle-strengthening activities.

Health behaviors

In addition to stress, nutrition and activity, we have refined the Health Promotion Model (originally published by Pender in 1987) to provide you insight into your health behaviors, including responsibility, spiritual growth and interpersonal relations.

Performance

As a Health and Performance member you also receive detailed insights into your cardiopulmonary fitness (i.e. how well your lungs are exchanging gas, how well your heart is pumping blood, and how well your muscles can use oxygen), inflammation and recovery (using a number of extra blood biomarkers).

MORE THAN 1000 DATA POINTS THAT SHAPE YOUR HEALTH, WELLBEING AND PERFORMANCE

Our Analytic Engine cross-references and combines all your data using the latest science and technology.

Comprehensive health assessments that reveal your current health and possible future health risks

Latest European medical software certification

Data-driven prioritization of actionable lifestyle choices from a scientifically verified database

Personalized action plans shaped by experts in nutrition, activity and wellbeing 

Private, secure online platform – you own your data

MEET OUR SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

Our advisors review our methodology and help us refine it based on the latest scientific insights.

Bert van Essen
Dr. Bert van Essen

Dr. Bert van Essen is a sports doctor with 20 years of experience in sports coaching. He specializes in the treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems for professional and recreational athletes. He is a firm believer in open communication with people so that they feel equipped to take action. He has 20 years of experience in sports coaching at national football clubs, and is currently head of medical staff for the NAC Breda football club.

Bruce Wolffenbuttel
Prof. Dr. Bruce Wolffenbuttel

Dr. Bruce Wolffenbuttel is an expert in endocrinology, metabolic diseases and diabetes at the University of Groningen. Previously, he was scientific director of the Netherlands LifeLines population study, investigating the genetic and environmental factors behind why some people age more healthily than others. Dr. Wolffenbuttel has published extensive research into biobanking, endocrinology, diabetes and IT solutions in healthcare. He is currently secretary for the Dutch Society for Endocrinology and is a member of the Dutch Journal of Diabetology’s editorial board.

Hanno Pijl
Prof. Dr. Hanno Pijl

Dr. Hanno Pijl is a professor of diabetology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). As a strong supporter of people managing their health proactively, he is currently co-chairing LUMC’s joint effort to set up an innovation center focusing on lifestyle changes that will boost people’s health. Throughout his academic career, Prof. Dr. Pijl has co-authored more than 250 research papers, primarily 
covering obesity and type 2 diabetes. He has also collaborated in shaping government policy on nutrition as a member of the Dutch Health Council’s advisory committee.

Jaap Seidell
Prof. Jaap Seidell

Prof. Jaap Seidell is a professor of nutrition and health at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. As an expert on nutrition, he dedicates most of his research efforts to the causes and consequences of obesity, focusing on how people can prevent excess body fat and manage their weight. Prof. Seidell regularly contributes to research initiatives for government agencies, NGOs, food-industry organizations and the media. Next to that, he is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Richard Verheesen
Dr. Richard Verheesen

Dr. Richard Verheesen is an expert in rheumatology and has practiced at Máxima MC, a leading medical center in the south east of The Netherlands, for over 15 years. In recent years, his attention has shifted to the organizational side of healthcare alongside rheumatology. Dr. Verheesen believes good care can only be achieved through good organization focusing on the needs of people. He is a firm advocate of shifting the paradigm of healthcare towards predictive prevention, as people’s nutrition and lifestyle play such an important role in defining their health.

Tamara de Weijer
Dr. Tamara de Weijer

Dr. Tamara de Weijer is a general practitioner. She is a firm advocate of the power of lifestyle – and in particular, nutrition – on people’s health. Drawing from her own experience of using lifestyle as medicine to reduce bowel complaints, she has written two books on the benefits of good 
nutrition in people’s daily lives. Dr. de Weijer is an ambassador for the Dutch national action plan for fruit and vegetables. She is also the founder of “Arts & Leefstijl”, a rapidly growing association of professionals involved in preventive health.

Tom J. de Koning
Prof. Dr. Tom J. de Koning

Prof. Dr. Tom J. de Koning is Chair of Pediatrics at Lund University, Sweden, and is an expert in the interface between neurology, genetics and inborn errors of metabolism. Previously, he was Chair of the Department of Metabolic Diseases, University Medical Centre Utrecht, before moving to Groningen in 2012. In Groningen, Dr. de Koning still works in the areas of neurology, genetics and inborn errors, particularly relating to movement disorders in children and adults. Next to his clinical tasks and training, he has an MBA in healthcare management.

Bert van Essen
Dr. Bert van Essen

Dr. Bert van Essen is a sports doctor with 20 years of experience in sports coaching. He specializes in the treatment of complex musculoskeletal problems for professional and recreational athletes. He is a firm believer in open communication with people so that they feel equipped to take action. He has 20 years of experience in sports coaching at national football clubs, and is currently head of medical staff for the NAC Breda football club.

Bruce Wolffenbuttel
Prof. Dr. Bruce Wolffenbuttel

Dr. Bruce Wolffenbuttel is an expert in endocrinology, metabolic diseases and diabetes at the University of Groningen. Previously, he was scientific director of the Netherlands LifeLines population study, investigating the genetic and environmental factors behind why some people age more healthily than others. Dr. Wolffenbuttel has published extensive research into biobanking, endocrinology, diabetes and IT solutions in healthcare. He is currently secretary for the Dutch Society for Endocrinology and is a member of the Dutch Journal of Diabetology’s editorial board.

Hanno Pijl
Prof. Dr. Hanno Pijl

Dr. Hanno Pijl is a professor of diabetology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). As a strong supporter of people managing their health proactively, he is currently co-chairing LUMC’s joint effort to set up an innovation center focusing on lifestyle changes that will boost people’s health. Throughout his academic career, Prof. Dr. Pijl has co-authored more than 250 research papers, primarily 
covering obesity and type 2 diabetes. He has also collaborated in shaping government policy on nutrition as a member of the Dutch Health Council’s advisory committee.

Jaap Seidell
Prof. Jaap Seidell

Prof. Jaap Seidell is a professor of nutrition and health at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. As an expert on nutrition, he dedicates most of his research efforts to the causes and consequences of obesity, focusing on how people can prevent excess body fat and manage their weight. Prof. Seidell regularly contributes to research initiatives for government agencies, NGOs, food-industry organizations and the media. Next to that, he is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Richard Verheesen
Dr. Richard Verheesen

Dr. Richard Verheesen is an expert in rheumatology and has practiced at Máxima MC, a leading medical center in the south east of The Netherlands, for over 15 years. In recent years, his attention has shifted to the organizational side of healthcare alongside rheumatology. Dr. Verheesen believes good care can only be achieved through good organization focusing on the needs of people. He is a firm advocate of shifting the paradigm of healthcare towards predictive prevention, as people’s nutrition and lifestyle play such an important role in defining their health.

Tamara de Weijer
Dr. Tamara de Weijer

Dr. Tamara de Weijer is a general practitioner. She is a firm advocate of the power of lifestyle – and in particular, nutrition – on people’s health. Drawing from her own experience of using lifestyle as medicine to reduce bowel complaints, she has written two books on the benefits of good 
nutrition in people’s daily lives. Dr. de Weijer is an ambassador for the Dutch national action plan for fruit and vegetables. She is also the founder of “Arts & Leefstijl”, a rapidly growing association of professionals involved in preventive health.

Tom J. de Koning
Prof. Dr. Tom J. de Koning

Prof. Dr. Tom J. de Koning is Chair of Pediatrics at Lund University, Sweden, and is an expert in the interface between neurology, genetics and inborn errors of metabolism. Previously, he was Chair of the Department of Metabolic Diseases, University Medical Centre Utrecht, before moving to Groningen in 2012. In Groningen, Dr. de Koning still works in the areas of neurology, genetics and inborn errors, particularly relating to movement disorders in children and adults. Next to his clinical tasks and training, he has an MBA in healthcare management.

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Privacy by design

We know your personal data is important to you. As we handle sensitive information related to your health, you can trust us to adhere to the highest standards of data protection. We are committed to using your personal information for these two purposes: giving you personalized and actionable information on your health, as well as improving the science behind your Personal Health Passport. For more details on our data protection standards, please visit the Privacy Policy on our website: www.ancora.health/privacy-policy