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A Comprehensive Guide to Metabolic Health: Understanding Risk Factors and Measurement Techniques

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The Significance of Metabolic Health in Today's World

Metabolic health is a trending topic in the scientific community. It’s all about understanding key risk factors that can lead to metabolic health issues.

Studies have shown that individuals are considered metabolically healthy if they exhibit fewer than two of these metabolic risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high HDL cholesterol, and high triglycerides, or if they are under pharmacological treatment for these conditions.

This understanding has led to the identification of sub-phenotypes like Metabolically Unhealthy Normal Weight (MUHNW) and Metabolically Healthy Obesity (MHO), both of which have significantly different cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks.

Measuring Metabolic Health: Key Indicators

valutazione del rischio di sindrome metabolica

A recent study (Arch Iran Med. ; 22(6): 301–309) examined the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist Circumference (WC), Waist-Height Ratio (WHtR), and Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR), and their association with cardiovascular mortality.

The study concluded that visceral adiposity indicators, such as Waist Circumference, were stronger predictors of overall and cardiovascular mortality than general adiposity indicators like BMI.

In other words, the Waist/Hip ratio (WHR) is a crucial predictor of metabolic health.

Innovative Techniques for Measuring Metabolic Health with MorphogramPRO

Morphogram PRO introduces an integrated analysis of various anthropometric indicators for metabolic health analysis.

It also introduces a proprietary indicator for monitoring abdominal volumetry called Excess Abdominal Volume or AV+.

The anthropometric indicators used by Morphogram include:

  • Waist Circumference
  • Waist/Height Ratio (WHtR)
  • Waist/Hip Ratio (WHR)
  • Waist/Thigh Ratio (WTR)
  • Neck/Height Ratio (NHR),
  • Excess Abdominal Volume (AV+)

In addition, it introduces an innovative system for staging the risk of Metabolic Syndrome based on the analysis of specific anthropometric indicators: WC + WHR + WHtR.

In fact, waist circumference is widely known as the risk indicator that best correlates, in epidemiological studies with metabolic syndrome, but it is equally well known that height and hip circumference correlate negatively with the same.

In other words, Morphogram provides an integrated analysis of anthropometric indicators to measure metabolic health.

The SMART Analysis for Metabolic Health Screening with Morphogram PRO

Morphogram PRO uses two types of analysis: FULL and SMART.

The FULL analysis uses eight circumferences for a comprehensive analysis, while the SMART analysis uses three circumferences (waist, abdomen, and hips) for monitoring, nutritional customisation, and risk factor analysis.

This means that the integrated evaluation of the cut-offs of waist circumference, waist/hip ratio, and waist/height ratio allows to visualise the extent of the risk in a personalised way.

Why Choose Morphogram PRO for Metabolic Health Assessment

Morphogram PRO is an innovative anthropometric methodology that promotes attention to the body and guides to directly measure the main body circumferences.

It allows nutrition professionals to take one of the most important steps in the assessment of nutritional status, namely the objective examination.

With Morphogram PRO, you can analyze lifestyle, body composition, risk factors, energy expenditure, and nutritional requirement, even in online visits, without sacrificing simplicity and reliability.

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