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Table 3 Health Burden of Black and White Women at Cohort Enrollment: Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, 1996–1997

From: Disparities in Reproductive Aging and Midlife Health between Black and White women: The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN)

  Black Women White Women
Poor self-reported healtha 16.2% 6.6%
Obese (> = 30 kg/m2)a 51.3% 31.0%
Diabetes Mellitusb 10.7% 4.0%
Metabolic Syndromeb 26.2% 18.4%
Hypertensionb 36.9% 16.2%
Allostatic Load (mean)c 3.7 2.3
  1. an = 916 Black women, 1533 White women [34]; bn = 875 Black women, 1496 White women; Metabolic Syndrome defined as meeting at least 3 of the 5 criteria: triglycerides >  = 150 mg/dL; HDL cholesterol < 50 mg/dL; systolic blood pressure >  = 130 mmHg, diastolic blood pressure >  = 85 mmHg, or on antihypertensive medication; fasting glucose > 10 mg/dL and/or diabetes; and waist circumference >  = 88 cm [65]; cn = 796 Black women, 1399 White women; Allostatic Load defined as the number of 11 biomarkers in the highest risk quartile (systolic and diastolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, fasting serum glucose, C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) [67]