U.S. Metabolic Health Rates Are 'Alarmingly Low'


Just 12 percent of American adults — about 1 in 8 — are metabolically healthy, even if they aren’t overweight, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Metabolic health affects your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic health problems, and is determined by five factors:

  • Blood glucose level
  • Triglyceride level
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol level
  • Blood pressure
  • Waist circumference measurement

The researchers examined data on 8,721 people involved in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Thresholds for common measurements like high blood pressure and blood sugar have been lowered in recent years, and with these more restrictive guidelines, fewer people are meeting optimal levels for cardiovascular health, according to the researchers.

Overall, metabolic health is better in people who are physically active, more educated, non-smokers, and female, and worse in people who are obese, have less than a high school education, are not physically active, and are current smokers.

Sourced from: Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders