Body Composition testing measures percentages of fat, muscle, and water as important indicators used
to evaluate risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
Test length: 2 minutes
Seca Body Composition Analyzer
Everyone knows the “one size fits all” approach of Body Mass Index (BMI) isn’t effective. BMI calculations don’t consider age, gender, frame size, muscle mass, or fat distribution. Yet, BMI is the weight/mass measurement used in a wide assortment of medical and health decisions.
At Park Avenue Endocrinology & Nutrition, we wanted a better measuring tool. That’s why we now use the seca Body Composition Analyzer. The Body Composition Analyzer measures fat mass, fat-free mass, total body water, intracellular water, and extracellular water. And it does this with a high degree of accuracy in only 2 minutes!
The problems with BMI
Companies use BMI to slot employees into different levels of their health care plans. Doctors use BMI to judge the health of their patients. Insurers use BMI to deem who is overweight and who isn’t. But BMI is flawed.
BMI doesn’t take into account body composition, instead relying on simple height versus weight formulas. In this context how can one man at 6’ with a 46-coat size and 35-inch waist be compared on the same BMI scale with a 6’ man with a 38- coat size and 35-inch waist? Plus, BMI doesn’t differentiate between overall fat mass and muscle mass. BMI alone can lead to inaccurate health risk assessments.
Why our Body Composition Analyzer is better
Rather than simply taking a measure of weight, the seca Body Composition Analyzer measures fat mass, fat-free mass, total body water, and the water in and outside of cells. It produces medically relevant results that have been validated against the medical science gold standard.
The Body Composition Analyzer uses an 8-point electrode Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis measurement method. The seca equipment includes various modules that provide the team at Park Avenue with innumerable diagnostic options. We use the analyzer to produce precise ratios such as fat mass to weight and extracellular to intracellular water. In the past, these types of ratios couldn’t be discovered without additional examinations, creating both more expense and time loss for our patients.
Now we can provide a host of measurements in just 2 minutes.
What we use the Body Composition Analyzer to test
At Park Avenue Endocrinology & Nutrition, we use the seca Body Composition Analyzer for disease risk stratifications, precise monitoring of physiologic responses and compliance therapy, and to provide a comprehensive assessment of the general health and nutritional status of our patients. This allows our team to evaluate a patient’s fat distribution and total cardiovascular risk factors.