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Are You One of the 12 Percent?

Only 12% of US adults are metabolically healthy.

This is what a 2018 study out of Chapel Hill tells us. Researchers used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to calculate this number based on metabolic health, which is defined by the researchers as “having optimal levels of five factors: blood glucose, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, blood pressure and waist circumference, without the need for medications.”

The NHANES includes personal interviews, physical examinations, laboratory tests, nutritional assessment, and DNA repository with data from:

  • Selected diseases and conditions including those undiagnosed or undetected
  • Nutrition monitoring
  • Environmental exposures monitoring
  • Children’s growth and development
  • Infectious disease monitoring
  • Overweight and diabetes
  • Hypertension and cholesterol

I’m not sure about the part nutrition plays in the NHANES, and chances are, it’s worthless, but the Chapel Hill study didn’t bother with that info anyway. It also didn’t bother to look at total cholesterol or LDL as meaningful, thankfully.

To my mind this study seems pretty solid.

UNC at Chapel Hill Study


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