Bio-Impedance Analysis (BIA) is a test for Everyone. It is scientifically proven in-office test that measures your body composition, indicates toxicity levels, and provides a value for overall cellular health and resilience. These test results will aid your doctor at Lake Pointe in identifying the cause of your symptoms. Other body composition tests, such as skin calipers and weight scales only measure the fat you see, and are limited in data. How do they differ?
- BIA tests for visceral fat (the fat around your organs), in addition to the fat you see “on the outside”. Increased visceral fat is associated with increased disease.
- BIA can measure your phase angle, which has been published as the best indicator to predict your ability to respond to serious health concerns.
- BIA is a phenomenal tool to measure your progress during weight loss, detoxification programs and bi-annual health physicals.
- Your BIA results can provide your doctor at Lake Pointe with information to individualize a plan for you, whether your goal is to heal from a diagnosis, enhance your current health, or prevent serious health complications.
Below are the most important components of Bio-Impedance Analysis used to create your health plan:
Phase Angle measures the strength and resilience of your cells and is a marker for longevity. It is one of the top 10 biomarkers of health that you need to know, in addition to your blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose (sugar).
Measuring your Body Composition provides data regarding your muscle mass, water weight and fat mass. Knowing these numbers and having an optimal muscle-to-frame ratio is critical to interpreting your overall health. Low muscle mass, increased water weight and high fat mass are associated with serious health consequences such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hormone imbalances, inflammatory diseases and cancer. Improving your body composition improves your overall health.
These measurements are extremely important for anyone on a weight loss program to confirm that the weight they are losing is fat and not muscle.
|Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. Calculating BMI is one of the easiest methods for assessment of obesity. When your BMI is too high, your risk for disease increases exponentially (and so does your health insurance premium).
|Intracellular vs. Extracellular Water
These numbers are new to most people. Intracellular and Extracellular Water measurements are markers for overall toxicity. The more water you retain inside your cells, the healthier you are. When you have increased toxicity in your body, water will be pulled out of your cells to dilute the toxins. Insufficient water inside your cells can be associated with increased blood pressure, decreased oxygen to your tissues, nutrient insufficiency, increased fat mass and decreased health.