More Than Just a Scale
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 hand held 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 oftentimes 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 and 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.
Many people don’t look overweight and may even have a normal BMI. They can still have an increased body fat and low muscle mass, often accompanied by osteopenia or osteoporosis. These “skinny fat” people 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 which we can set realistic goals. For example, visceral fat responds best to certain exercises like high-intensity interval training. While subcutaneous fat is best approached using other methods. Without an accurate understanding of which type impacts you, it would be very difficult to treat effectively.
Using the DEXA scan, we can find the accurate composition of fat to lean mass and determine how it is distributed across your body. It is the only method that can reveal the precise amount of dangerous fat located around your vital organs.
Increased body fat, especially abdominal fat, is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even many cancers.
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.
My name is Dr. C.B. Daniel. I am the President of Cenegenics® Phoenix. Although my background is in Internal Medicine, I have been specializing in Age Management Medicine for the last 12 years. I originally came to Cenegenics® myself, as a patient. After seeing life changing results in my own health and body, I knew I wanted to help my patients achieve the same results.
You have unlimited access to your physician, exercise/nutrition counselor and service coordinator. Follow up blood work is done quarterly and reviewed with you in detail to keep close tabs on your progress. Patients are encouraged to come in for follow up scanning and review of their lab testing if it is convenient for them. If distance is an issue, follow ups can be done via phone. Your exercise/nutrition counselor maintains frequent contact with you to help keep you on the beam. An annual evaluation is performed to assess your progress and help you refocus so you can take your program to the next level.
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