It’s a common quest to try and reduce body fat. Most of us use the scale as a guiding factor to determine our starting point and progress. Typically, the number on the scale represents the basis for framing our goals-- Yet, weight alone is a poor marker of overall health.
In fact, it’s just an arbitrary number used to measure the body’s relative mass. It’s the composition of that mass that matters, including how much of the body is made up of fat mass, lean mass, organs, bones, and other tissues. For this reason, evaluating weight alone can be very misleading. As the scale goes down, you could think you’re making progress when in reality you are losing water and muscle mass.
Popular methods such as measuring fat folds, bio-impedance scales or handheld devices are very inaccurate. Measuring consistent and correct progress with these systems is nearly impossible. Ultimately, they can do only one assessment and poorly at best.
As we age, our bone mineral density decreases and we can lose balance. This makes us more likely to fall and sustain injuries. In elderly populations, a hip fracture can double the risk of dying within a year.
With DEXA technology, we have the ability to scan specific areas as well as the entire body. DEXA involves the use of two X-ray beams sent through the body at different energy levels. This helps to determine the risk or progression of osteoporosis-- early detection is especially important for those in their 40’s and 50’s.
The two classic places to assess for mineral loss are the lumbar spine and the hips. We can measure changes in bone density as small as one percent, which allows thorough diagnosis.
People, who don’t look overweight, are not exempt from increased body fat and low muscle mass, often accompanied by osteopenia or osteoporosis. The fat around your organs may not be the most apparent but it is the most deadly. These “skinny fat” individuals are at particularly high risk for fractures.
Osteopenia (low bone density) and osteoporosis (very low bone density) increase the risk of fractures. Low bone density is not just a woman’s problem-- many men have it as well.
The ability to tap into this previously inaccessible data on body composition not only uncovers disease risk, it gives us a reliable baseline on how we can set realistic goals. Visceral fat will be more of a priority due to its link to disease development. Without an accurate understanding of which type impacts you, it would be very difficult to treat effectively.
A bone densitometry test helps your physician to diagnose osteoporosis. The test compares your Bone Mineral Density (BMD) to that of a “young adult” at peak bone strength. This is displayed as your T-score.
Calcium measurements are a crucial factor in determining bone health as well. A bone mineral density (BMD) test measures how much calcium is in an area of your bone. This test can help you know where you stand with things like osteoporosis and overall bone loss.
Using the DEXA scan, we can find your current body composition of fat to lean mass and determine how it is distributed across your body. This is the only method available that can target dangerous fat around vital organs.
Although it is necessary to have some body fat for optimal health, too much is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even many cancers. Cenegenics® testing was designed to help you reach optimal levels of body fat and lower your risk of all diseases.
After your initial scan, we carefully go through all of the detailed results and findings with you. Our goal is to help you understand the big picture of your overall health.
Our specialized team uses state-of-the-art technology to carefully assess and diagnose your risk factors and overall body composition. Through this, we can create a customized action plan to help you get into college condition again!
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