Metabolic Healthspan is the period of your life spent in good metabolic health. This metric reflects the impact of your diet, exercise, and lifestyle by showing you how many years you may extend your Metabolic Healthspan - and the 5 evidence-based measures that support it.
Healthspan is the period of life spent in good health, free from the chronic diseases and disabilities of aging. While two people may have the same lifespan, they can have vastly different states of metabolic health, resulting in different healthspans.
Metabolic Healthspan is the period of your life spent in good metabolic health. Our metric reflects the impact of your food, exercise, and lifestyle by showing you how many years you may extend your metabolic healthspan.
Metabolic health is defined by glycemic control and body weight, both of which are associated with healthspan. Insulin resistance (poor glycemic control) and obesity (abnormally high weight) are predictors of major age-related diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Metabolic Healthspan was co-developed with Veri’s advisors of researchers, endocrinologists, and cardiologists from universities like Stanford and Harvard and institutions like the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Metabolic Healthspan integrates 5 evidence-based metrics; average glucose, morning fasting glucose, glucose variability, glucose oscillation, and body mass index to give you insight into the state of your metabolic health and how you can improve.
How is it calculated?
Metabolic Healthspan integrates 5 key science-based metrics that capture glycemic control (insulin resistance) and body weight to give you a better indicator of your health.
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The 5 contributors below are weighted to show how your Metabolic Healthspan may be extended.
1. Average Glucose
Average glucose represents the mean glucose level for a given day (24h) and is intended to give you an overall sense of your daily glucose level. Studies have shown that a larger percentage of the population unknowingly has glucose levels above the ideal range, often in the prediabetes or diabetes range [1, 2].
2. Morning Fasting Glucose
Morning fasting glucose is a robust indicator of insulin sensitivity or resistance. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) uses morning fasting glucose levels to determine whether an individual may have signs of early insulin resistance (impaired glucose tolerance) or diabetes. A morning fasting glucose level of > 99 mg/dL is one of the diagnostic criteria for pre-diabetes (or early insulin resistance) based on ADA guidelines .
Studies have demonstrated that your fasting glucose level is associated with a higher rate of mortality, diabetes, heart and vascular diseases, and impaired brain health [4, 5, 6].
3. Glucose Variability
Glucose variability, as measured statistically by standard deviation (SD), refers to how much your glucose varies within a given day. Generally, a lower variation of glucose levels throughout the day, reflecting more stable glucose levels, is better for overall health [7, 8]. A high variation, reflecting more prominent rises and falls in your glucose throughout the day, may be detrimental to your health.
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4. Glucose Oscillation
The mean amplitude of glycemic excursion (MAGE) is a measure of how intense your glucose spikes and dips are in a day. It is defined as the average of readings that exceed one standard deviation of the daily mean.
MAGE is commonly used to represent glucose fluctuation or oscillation, which contributes to oxidative stress in the body. A higher MAGE value indicates a higher fluctuation of glucose throughout the day or less stable glucose levels, which may be detrimental to your health. A lower MAGE value indicates a lower glucose fluctuation throughout the day or a more stable glucose, which may support your health. People with obesity have a higher MAGE than those of normal weight .
Studies have shown that a higher MAGE value is associated with an increased risk of death (mortality), cardiovascular events (heart attacks), diabetes, inflammation in the body, and impaired blood vessel (endothelial) function [9, 10, 11] .
Body mass index (BMI) is a universally used measure of body weight relative to height. It is intended to reflect the overall relative amount of body fat that a person has. BMI is calculated as a ratio of weight to height. A higher BMI ratio is generally more indicative of a higher amount of body fat. A lower BMI ratio is generally more indicative of a lower amount of body fat.
Studies have shown that an elevated BMI above the healthy weight range is associated with worse health outcomes, including higher rates of death (mortality), diabetes, heart disease, and cancer [12, 13, 14]. Being underweight is also associated with worse health outcomes .