About CardioMetaboliQ

Cardiometabolic testing is a comprehensive assessment of your cardiovascular health and metabolic profile. It can provide valuable information about your risk factors for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Some of the benefits of cardiometabolic testing include:

  • Identifying early warning signs of disease so that you can take steps to prevent them from progressing.
  • Determining your individual risk for developing chronic diseases so that you can make informed decisions about your lifestyle and healthcare.
  • Measuring your fitness level and metabolic efficiency so that you can set realistic goals for exercise and weight loss.
  • Tracking your progress over time to see how your health is improving.

Cardiometabolic testing is important for people of all ages, but it is especially important for people who are at increased risk for chronic diseases. If you have any of the following risk factors, you should talk to your doctor about getting a cardiometabolic test:

  • Family history of heart disease or stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity

Cardiometabolic testing is a safe and painless procedure that can help you take control of your health and live a longer, healthier life.

Here are some of the specific tests that may be included in a cardiometabolic assessment:

  • Resting heart rate and blood pressure
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Blood tests for cholesterol, glucose, and other blood markers
  • VO2 max test (a measure of aerobic fitness)
  • Metabolic rate test (a measure of how many calories you burn at rest)
  • Body composition analysis (a measure of your body fat percentage)

The results of your cardiometabolic test will be interpreted by a healthcare professional who can help you understand your risk factors and develop a personalized plan to improve your health.

Giving you a clear picture.

The personalized 12-page CardioMetaboliQ™️ Health Report is the map for your journey. It’s designed for a quick overview, or a deep dive. Either way, you’ll come away with insights and action steps that really connect your health to your future.

See the markers in the sample table below:

Sample Results Table

Here is everything in one nice tidy package! Results are displayed here, in future versions your historical results will also be presented. Great for a quick glance, and don’t forget the core markers (first 8 at the top) are available through the portal via your smart device as well!

Here’s what we test.

The CardioMetaboliQ™ Index

This is a composite average of critical cardiometabolic indicators. It provides one centralized score to give you an easy overview for quick reference. This averaged value is for your reference only. It is not a research validated index.

Because there is so much data to absorb in the CardioMetaboliQ™️ report, this index value offers an at-a-glance sense of how you’re doing. It doesn’t replace the other individual values, but does add a sense of overall wellness that can be easier to track.

Remnant Cholesterol (#1)

Remnant cholesterol refers to the most dangerous types of cholesterol, those that are the major driver of heart disease and atherosclerosis. The latest research shows that RC provides a much more reliable and nuanced perspective into true heart disease risk than LDL Cholesterol alone.

Studies show that RC “reveals residual risk”. Residual risk is the reason so many heart attacks occur in people who are controlling LDL cholesterol with a statin or other drug. Measuring RC helps point out when controlling LDL is not enough…it’s a kind of safety check.

Atherogenic Index of Plasma (#2)

AIP provides an additional advanced marker for heart disease risk in addition to Remnant Cholesterol.

AIP has been shown to accurately predict stroke risk, early heart disease in younger patients and several other key health risks.

AIP doesn’t replace the LDL Cholesterol marker, rather it adds context and insight into “residual risk”, similar to RC above.

Inflammation (#3)

High sensitivity C-reactive protein is a well-recognized indicator for systemic inflammation. While acute and transient inflammation are part of normal physiology, chronic systemic inflammation is not. This kind of low-middle intensity chronic is a fundamental contributing factor in many chronic diseases. Lifestyle plays a major role in inflammation. Proper diet, exercise and appropriate supplementation can move this marker in the right direction.

Oxidative Stress (#4)

This index is derived from what’s commonly thought of as a liver enzyme, GGT. While GGT is probably the most accurate marker for assessing liver health, it’s also an excellent indicator for the level of oxidative stress in the body overall.

Oxidative Stress is based on the balance between antioxidant and oxidative processes in the body. Oxidation (like rust) damages cell membranes and leads to poorly functioning cells and even damage to DNA. Excess oxidation is one of the primary drivers of aging and cellular damage.

Insulin Resistance (#5)

This is arguably the most significant marker in cardiometabolic health. That’s because it’s a “early warning” signal that things are moving in the wrong direction in your body.

That’s because your cells have to maintain good sensitivity to insulin in order to absorb sugar quickly and effectively out of the bloodstream when you eat. Too much sugar in the blood literally”gums up the works”!

We test Insulin Resistance with the two most accurate and currently researched markers, TyG and TyG-WHtR..both use the preferred triglyceride to glucose index, and both incorporate body composition to provide more useful predictive information. In terms of measuring insulin resistance, research now clearly shows that the traditional HOMA-IR insulin resistance marker is less accurate in predicting risk of diseases like diabetes and metabolic syndrome. HOMA-IR, because it depends on measuring the protein insulin, is also more variable and more expensive.

Fatty Liver Index (#6)

The CardioMetaboliQ™️ test is the only lab on the market that gives you the Fatty Liver Index, or FLI. This is crucial because fatty liver is often not something you feel until disease has progressed. This is also important because fatty liver tends to worsen other conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Fatty Liver Index is now shown to closely correlate with other conditions, like IBS, diabetes and dementia, showing the crucial connection between the liver and the gut and the brain.

Blood Sugar / A1C (#7)

The hemoglobin A1C marker indicates your average blood sugar levels over the past 3-4 months. It is one of the primary indicators (in conjunction with fasting blood glucose) used in screening and diagnosis of pre-diabetes, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Blood Sugar /Fasting Blood Glucose (#8)

This is a “snapshot” of your blood sugar when in a fasted state. It is another key marker for diabetes diagnosis and monitoring. It is also useful in assessing how well your body is managing sugar overall

Most importantly, having glucose on this panel allows for calculation of specific index ratios, like TyG or Triglyceride-Glucose Index, which is very useful in assessing insulin resistance, cardiovascular risks, and more.

Metabolic Syndrome Severity Score (#9) 

This is an anthropometric insulin resistance marker (TyG-WHtR) that correlates closely with Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes risk. Insulin resistance is one of the most consequential markers measured for cardiometabolic health. And using an insulin resistance index that incorporates body composition (anthropometric) makes the index even more accurate and powerful in risk assessment.

Body Composition Index (#10)

This is an anthropometric marker for one’s likely distribution and amount of body fat. This marker, Waist-to-Height ratio has been proven to be more accurate and useful than the commonly used BMI indicator.

First, summing it all up.

We know you’re busy, so page one has a summarized view of all ten markers and shows you the single number you can use as reference, the CardioMetabolic iQ™️ index.

It’s a general reference number, so there are no official validated ranges per se; rather this shows an average of the low-medium-high risk results of the various individual markers.

Note: always rely first on individual results and standardized reference ranges.

Heart health, fatty liver, metabolic health, diabetes, insulin resistance, inflammation, longevity

Plotting your course with CardioPredict™️ BioCalculators.

Now you have your data! Wouldn’t it be nice if you could play around with your numbers and see how changes that you can make will affect your health risks?

Rather than waiting for your next test to see how you did?

Now you can!

-For example, how much could you improve heart disease risk by raising HDL by 5 points? Probably more than you think! Maybe enough to get you out of bed and off to the gym…?

-Want to see how much you can improve your Fatty Liver Index, or Insulin Resistance by dropping your triglycerides 10 points? You can do that too!

-Need some motivation to drop that waistline by an inch? (Waist circumference is a huge factor in insulin resistance). Now you can!

The CardioMetaboliQ-10™️…the most effective steps towards better health!

This page is your headquarters for success. You could read a ton of blog posts, or you could memorize these 10 simple, extremely effective and useful steps. Start slow if you like, but always know that consistency is key. A little bit every day is much better than a whole bunch every couple of months.

Insulin Resistance. The key to it all.

Ok, we got a little cute with the whole “muscle vs bread” analogy. But as silly as that may sound, that’s kind of it.

The more muscle mass you have, within reason, the better your body can regulate blood sugar. And healthy blood sugar regulation is the key to healthy metabolic function, period.

Glycemic (sugar) dysregulation leads to insulin resistance. Insulin Resistance literally opens Pandora’s Box when it comes to aging, disease and mortality.

Biomarkers 101.

In this section, we go through each biomarker and index, explaining the meaning of your result, and where your result should be optimally.

There are 5 individual pages in this section, we show one of them here. For each marker, we explain what it means to your health, how to improve it, what to avoid, which supplements can help and some of the related tests that may be considered (with your doctor) to explore your health in greater detail.

Details and Empowerment.

We truly believe that knowledge is power. And your health may be the best example of this.

In this 3 page section we dive into the details, discussing at greater length the way insulin resistance starts the chain of events. We also go through the indexes and algorithms, discussing how they work, what they show, and as a subscriber, how you can use the website’s CardioPredict™️ BioCalculators to make adjustments to your health marker values to see how those changes affect your risk markers.