A metabolic disorder occurs when abnormal chemical reactions in your body disrupt the metabolic process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. When this happens, you might have too much or too little of proteins, carbohydrates or fats that are needed to stay healthy.1
Metabolic disorders can be inherited or develop as a result of lifestyle choices. Diabetes is the most common metabolic disease. Type 2 diabetes is related to genetics and lifestyle and often can be prevented or delayed by lifestyle choices. The CDC estimates that of the 30 million cases of diabetes, 90-95% are Type 2.2 Health Nucleus (HN) offers unique tools for identifying pre-diabetes and diabetic risks.
Liver fat and visceral adipose tissue (fat around your organs, bone marrow and intermuscular system) are important predictors of metabolic disease. Your Health Nucleus assessment will measure both liver fat and visceral adipose tissue via MRI. Previously, liver fat was only measured through an invasive biopsy; now HN measures it using our proprietary imaging technology. Twenty-nine percent of HN clients have been found to have elevated liver fat and may be at risk for diabetes. Read more to understand how HN evaluates your risk for metabolic disorders.