Index of cardiometabolic health: a new method of measuring allostatic load using electronic health records

Biomarkers. 2017 Jul;22(5):394-402. doi: 10.1080/1354750X.2016.1201535. Epub 2016 Jun 30.


Objective: We developed a measure of allostatic load from electronic medical records (EMRs), which we named "Index of Cardiometabolic Health" (ICMH).

Methods: Data were collected from participants' EMRs and a written survey in 2005. We computed allostatic load scores using the ICMH score and two previously described approaches.

Results: We included 1865 employed adults who were 25-59 years old. Although the magnitude of the association was small, all methods of were predictive of SF-12 physical component subscales (all p < 0.001).

Conclusion: We found that the ICMH had similar relationships with health-related quality of life as previously reported in the literature.

Keywords: Cardiovascular disease; obesity/diabetes; renal disease.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Allostasis / physiology*
  • Electronic Health Records*
  • Female
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires