Metabolic Health Assessment
 
There are several simple medical tests that can give you a glimpse at your body’s internal metabolic health and risk for premature death due to
cardiovascular disease (CVD) or diabetes.  These tests can be performed at the COC Student Health Center (students only) or at your personal
medical clinic or doctor’s office. 
 
Resting Heart Rate (Measured after sitting peacefully for > 10 minutes) 
Classification
Excellent
Good
 
Average
Fair
Poor
1 min. RHR
 
< 59
60-69
70-79
80-89
> 90
 
Blood Pressure (Measured after sitting peacefully for > 10 minutes)
Blood Pressure Classification
Systolic Blood Pressure mm Hg
 
Diastolic Blood Pressure mm Hg
Normal
< 120
AND
< 80
Pre-Hypertension
120-139
OR
80-89
Hypertension
>140
OR
>90
 
Fasting Blood Lipid Profile (Measured after a 12 hr. fast)
Blood Lipid Component
Goal, mg/dL
 
Notes:
Total Cholesterol
< 200
 
 
HDL Cholesterol
(High Density Lipoprotein)
> 40 (men)
> 50 (women)
 
 
LDL Cholesterol
(Low Density Lipoprotein)
< 130
 
< 100 if very high risk for CVD
Triglycerides
< 150
 
 
 
Blood Glucose and Insulin 
Test
Normal
mg/dL
 
Pre-Diabetes
mg/dL
Diabetes
mg/dL
Fasting Glucose
70-100
 
100-125
> 126
2-hr Post-Glucose Challenge
 
< 140
140-199
> 200
Fasting Insulin
< 10
 
NA
NA
* When Fasting Insulin x Fasting Glucose =  > 1000, “Insulin Resistance” may be present.  Over time, insulin resistance can lead to elevated blood glucose.
 
“Metabolic Syndrome”
Metabolic syndrome is a constellation of major risk factors that predispose individuals to CVD, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.  
Metabolic syndrome is identified when > three of the following risk factors exist: 
Abdominal obesity
(large waist circumference)
> 40 in. (men)
> 35 in. (women)
 
High Blood Triglycerides
> 150 mg/dL
 
Low HLD Cholesterol
< 40 mg/dL (men)
< 50 mg/dL (women)
 
High Blood Pressure
> 130 / 85 mm Hg
 
High Fasting Blood Glucose
> 100 mg/dL
 
 
Compiled by Sheri Barke, MPH, RD, COC Student Health Center