With naturopathic medicine, access precise body composition data that can aide in the identification, treatment and management of health risk factors and conditions with segmental analysis of the body.
Why is body composition analysis an effective tool for naturopathic doctors?
In less than 60 seconds, the InBody test provides accurate, objective and easily understood measurements to evaluate a patients current health status and track the efficacy of treatments and interventions. Naturopathic Doctors can use the InBody to:
- Monitor cell health through Phase Angle, a direct measurement of your cell integrity and the distribution of water within and outside the cell membrane
- Identify health risks, such as cardiovascular disease, fertility issues and sarcopenic obesity through muscle fat analysis, and measurement of visceral fat levels
- Evaluate and monitor inflammation, edemas and more through segmental water analysis of extracellular water, intracellular water, and total body water measurements.
Assess and build treatment plans through the understanding of overall call health through phase angle
Phase angle is the assessment of cell integrity though the measurement of cell resistance. Healthy cells maintain a healthy cell membrane and cell barrier, and therefore, healthy cells have a greater resistance. Maintenance of the cell membrane is integral to whole body function.
Phase angle is a fantastic prognostic tool and can be used to monitor and build treatment plans.
Healthy cells must maintain a healthy level of intra, and, extracellular water, and in doing this, the cells phase angle will increase over time. Poor phase angle may be indicative of poor prognostic outcomes, underlying health conditions and ineffective treatment.
With InBody, you can assess total cell health in as little as 45 seconds, which reduces the time that patients and clients need to wait for other diagnostic method appointments.
Visceral fat is the fat that surrounds the organs within the abdomen. This fat lays deep within the body and can act as its own organ, playing an instrumental role in the endocrine system.
Changes, and, specifically an increase in visceral fat area can be indicative of hormone imbalances, and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and related illness such as diabetes and high blood pressure. In Naturopathic applications, understanding visceral fat levels can lead to the understanding of fertility, metabolic and endocrine issues within the body.
Decreasing and monitoring levels of visceral fat in individuals can lead to better hormone imbalances in patients, lowered cardiovascular disease risks and better overall health in patients and clients.
Understand and develop long term goals in metabolic maintenance and overall health using muscle fat analysis.
Skeletal muscle mass (SMM) is the muscles attached to our bones, and that do the “heavy lifting” of our everyday lives. In the body there are other muscle types which include: smooth and cardia muscles, these types of muscles make up our organs and heart.
Skeletal muscle mass can be an indicator of energy expenditure and is largely related to mobility, balance, and strength in middle aged to elderly individuals, it is an important prognosis indicator.
In monitoring and increases in skeletal muscle mass, effective muscle growth associated with exercise and fitness regiments, healthy cell growth, effective energy expenditures and an increase in healthy insulin ranges and energy expenditures can be constantly and reliably evaluated in as little as 45 seconds.
Decreases in skeletal muscle mass may indicate: a decrease in exercise, muscle cell degradation, cachexia and wasting diseases, in cases where muscle mass is lost in excess.
Assess extracellular water and total body water as an inflammation, edema and water retention indicator.
Extracellular water is the water found outside of your cells; this may be an indicator of inflammation, kidney disease or overall muscle adequacy.
This water is responsible for the movement of electrolytes and oxygen delivery to cells and clearing waste from metabolic processes.
Monitoring extracellular water can give us information regarding edemas, inflammation, kidney disease and excess fat and the effects these conditions have within the body.