In a study, a number of Americans evaluated for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, adiposity, and cardiovascular disease led to the determination that close to 7 percent of the U.S. adult population may be good cardiometabolic health.
As was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a sample of around 55,000 people in early adulthood from 1999 to 2018 was evaluated.
“Few studies have assessed U.S. cardiometabolic health trends—optimal levels of multiple risk factors and absence of clinical cardiovascular disease (CVD)—or its impact on health disparities,” the authors wrote in their study.
“We assessed proportions of adults with optimal cardiometabolic health, based on adiposity, blood glucose, blood lipids, blood pressure, and clinical CVD; and optimal, intermediate, and poor levels of each component among 55,081 U.S. adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”
The findings determined that between 1999 and 2018, the cardiometabolic health of the sample had been less than optimal, with only an 6.8 percent of subjects showing optimal health.
“These findings renew the call for clinical, public health, and policy interventions to improve cardiometabolic health and health equity in the United States,” the study’s authors suggested.