Measuring metabolic health
- Metabolic health can be measured.
- Waist circumference is an easy measurement to do.
- Other measurements include blood tests and blood pressure.
Know your numbers
Metabolic health and insulin resistance can be measured.
Common measures include waist circumference, blood pressure, blood lipids (fats), and blood glucose (sugar).
These measures give an overall impression of how insulin resistant someone is. This can help guide the best lifestyle changes to improve metabolic health.
A simple measure people can do for themselves is waist-to-height ratio. If someone's waist circumference (waistline) is more than half their height they may have poor metabolic health.