Table 2

Allostatic load indicators by percentile, sample demographics and health behaviours in the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Stress Substudy, 2004–2005

Variables25th percentileMean75th percentile
Allostatic load
 Resting heart rate (bpm)57.5064.5071.00
 Systolic blood pressure (mm Hg)108.50123.40136.00
 Diastolic blood pressure (mm Hg)63.5069.8876.50
 Waist-to-hip-ratio (in)
 Body mass index (%)*25.2029.0432.0
 Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (mg/dL)91.00113.43133.00
 High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (mg/dL)41.0051.3359.00
 Glucose (mg/dL)88.00102.68105.00
 Total cholesterol (mg/dL)166.00190.04211.00
 Cortisol (ng/dL)5.5112.0021.80
 Norepinephrine (ng/dL)11.5015.2921.14
 Epinephrine (ng/dL)0.861.362.22
Variables n % Total
Age categories (years)
 Female sex52653
 White, Caucasian188191002
 Black, African-American28629
 High school/GED20220
 Bachelor’s degree11111
 Any lipid lowering med26127980
 Any hypertension meds46648980
 Oral hypoglycaemic12513980
Health Behaviours
 Physical activity (>=500 METs per week)587591002
 Smoker (current)113111002
 Alcohol (current)538541001
 Poor diet: sweets and soda269271002
 Poor diet: fats, oils and fried foods271271002
  • GED, General Education Development; METs, metabolic equivalent tasks.