Table 1

Characteristics of the eligible population for USPSTF-recommended intensive behavioral counseling interventions

Risk factorsCriteriaProportion of the eligible population
Total number of adults recommended for the intervention98 million*
OverweightBMI ≥25 and <30 kg/m250.8%
ObeseBMI ≥30 kg/m249.2%
Hypertension and overweight/obese≥140/90 mmHg35.2%
Dyslipidemia and overweight/obeseATP III borderline high definitions under the following conditions (12)82.4%
 High cholesterol≥200 mg/dL58.0%
 High LDL≥130 mg/dL46.2%
 High triglyceride≥150 mg/dL39.6%
 HDL<40 mg/dL23.7%
IFG and overweight/obeseFPG ≥100 and <126 mg/dL45.7%
Metabolic syndrome and overweight/obeseATP III definition (14)41.8%
Risk factorsAverage value among eligible population
Weight90.9 kg
A1C5.5% (37 mmol/mol)
Total cholesterol209.3 mg/dL
HDL49.2 mg/dL
LDL125.7 mg/dL
Systolic blood pressure123.5 mmHg
Diastolic blood pressure72.9 mmHg
Triglycerides152.8 mg/dL
  • †Metabolic syndrome was defined using ATP III definition by having three or more of the five following conditions: abdominal (central) obesity (>102 cm [40 inches] or >88 cm [35 inches] in women); elevated blood pressure (≥130/85 mmHg); IFG; high serum triglyceride levels (≥150 mg/dL); and low HDL levels (HDL <40 or <50 mg/dL for women).

  • *Based on data from the 2005–2012 NHANES. The total adult population aged ≥18 years was estimated at 225 million, which is comparable with the U.S. Census estimate of 227 million for 2009 (36).