Body Composition Analysis - Total Metabolism Testing

Through our Metabolic Rejuvenation Program, we evaluate patients in a variety of different ways in order to provide a more comprehensive picture of body morphology and metabolism. There are certain relationships that can be uncovered that can tell us if a patient is at a higher risk for heart disease, sleep apnea, osteoporosis or metabolic syndrome (Syndrome X). We use Bioelectrical Impedance Testing (BIA) using the InBody 520 from BIOSPACE, the leader in physician-grade BIA devices. This technology provides a lot of insight into the patient's metabolism. It certainly provides the overall weight but it goes much further by providing the composiition of the weight. It does this by distinguishing between Fat Mass (FM), total body water and Fat Free Mass (FFM) which is everything except fat and total body water.

Technically, the InBody 520 determines fat from water and lean muscle by testing the body's resistance or impedance to a mild electrical wave sent up one leg to mid torso and then down the other leg, then does the same thing for each arm.  In this way, the Inbody 520 not only determines overall body composition, but can determine body composition for each of 5 "segments", 2 arms, 2 legs and the torso.  Fat provides more resistance than water which is a better conductor, so from this it can determine the Total Body Water (TBW) and then predict the Body Fat % (BF%). Men have 3-5% essential fat and their ideal range is 8-18% BF with clinical obesity starting at 22%. At 29% BF most men will have metabolic syndrome(insulin resistance). Women have 10-15% essential fat and their ideal range is 18-25% BF with clinical obesity starting at 32%. At 37% most women will have metabolic syndrome.

Beyond body composition testing, waist and hip measurements can provide very useful information. There has been considerable scientific evidence that the amount of fat accumulation around the waist is more dangerous (metabolically) than fat elsewhere in the body. Women who have a waist circumference of 35 inches or more and men who have a waist circumference of 40 inches or more are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. These are just some of the ways that we evaluate the patient's risk for disease as well as their overall progress with their MRP.

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Success Stories

Doctor's Note
Patient commenced with our Metabolic Rejuvenation Progam in July 2008. After losing over 30 pounds, patient commenced with Health Assurance Program with an aggressive focus on hormone balancing and thyroid optimization..
Patient Response
"I started the Thyroid [medication] on Friday. By Sunday I was practically "hit" with a huge wave of energy: I have been sleeping far better & am getting back my "normal" energy flow - no more yawning & sitting around, and lots more doing. I feel more like myself than I have in months. Thank you !!!"

CS - Potomac, MD