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4 Signs of Metabolic Health

Article Summary

Metabolic health, influenced by blood sugar, body composition, lipid, and blood pressure levels, profoundly impacts overall wellness. Addressing these markers is crucial in preventing severe conditions like obesity and heart disease. Empower Pharmacy offers comprehensive solutions to support metabolic health, ensuring accessible and effective care for providers and patients alike.

And Why They Matter

Metabolic health is a key piece of overall health. There are four markers affecting metabolic health that may signal how well the body is functioning. You may be surprised that a very small percentage – only 12% – of people have optimal metabolic health. A recent study notes, “changing from ATP III (Adult Treatment Panel III) guidelines to more recent cut points decreased the proportion of metabolically healthy Americans from 19.9% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 18.3–21.5) to 12.2% (95% CI: 10.9–13.6).”[1] Taking steps to improve metabolic health is crucial in helping to stave off serious conditions like obesity and heart disease.[2]

Sign #1: Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is essential for metabolic health. One way to ensure healthy blood sugar levels is to consume a diet that decreases refined sugars and carbohydrates and increases fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Elevated blood sugar levels, also known as hyperglycemia, can lead to a variety of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Sign #2: Healthy Body Composition

Body composition is the proportion of fat, muscle and bone in the body. Excess body fat, especially around the waist, is “the riskiest kind of fat, defined as more than 40 inches around the waist for men, or more than 35 inches for women,” according to Johns Hopkins University. [3] 

Sign #3: Blood Lipid Levels

Cholesterol and other fats in the blood play into overall blood lipid levels. High levels of cholesterol and triglycerides can increase the risk of heart disease and other metabolic problems. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption may all help maintain healthy blood lipid levels.

Sign #4: Blood Pressure

Almost everyone understands blood pressure and the risks that come if blood pressure is too high. It can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other metabolic problems. So just like the other markers, ensuring that blood pressure is in a healthy range may help with overall health and wellness.

Why It All Matters

Metabolic health is directly related to how well the body functions, so if metabolic health is poor then overall health may be affected. Poor metabolic health, which may morph into metabolic syndrome in some cases, may lead to heart disease, stroke, obesity and many other serious illnesses. [3] Maintaining a lifestyle that includes nutritious food and physical activity may go a long way in improving metabolic health and overall health.

  1. Araújo, J., Cai, J., & Stevens, J. (2019). Prevalence of Optimal Metabolic Health in American Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009–2016. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, 17(1), 46–52. https://doi.org/10.1089/met.2018.0105
  2. Metabolic syndrome – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic. (2021, May 6). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/metabolic-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20351916
  3. The Metabolic Syndrome. (2022, April 6). Johns Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/the-metabolic-syndrome

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