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Archive for the ‘Body Composition’ Category

Few healthcare providers focus primarily on Bone Health.  Many of those of us who do are members of the NOF Professional Partners Network.  Go to https://www.nof.org/find-a-professional/ to access the NOF-PPN listings.

We treat osteoporosis, but we prefer to prevent osteoporosis.  Prevention starts early with nutrition and lifestyle to optimize bone health.  Measures improving bone health often also improve overall health including preventing or controlling diabetes, hypertension, and other metabolic conditions.

Imaging helps assess metabolic conditions such as diabetes .  Body Composition by DXA differentiates “bad fat” Visceral Adipose Tissue from “good fat” under the skin.  After identifying my personal dangerous amount of VAT, I have worked with my healthcare providers and improved control of my (familial) diabetes and hypertension.  Better nutrition and better lifestyle (diet and exercise) have resulted in fewer medications.

Consider a complete bone health evaluation and Body Composition by DXA.  Then act to take control of your own health.

Jay Ginther, MD

We have a new DXA Machine with a great new feature.  We can do body composition with BodyLogic (by Hologic).

Traditional body composition is a skin-fold pinch or BMI.  Both are often highly misleading.  (Most professional athletes are “obese” or “morbidly obese” by BMI because they have too much muscle.)  Newer systems like bio-impedance or immersion can give fairly accurate measures of total lean and total fat.  These were a big step forward, but BodyLogic goes way beyond that.

BodyLogic separates lean into bone and muscle.  It can even give a good estimate of the volume of each muscle group.  This has made it useful in assessing athletes as they train for specific sports.  Professional teams, and a growing number of Division I NCAA teams now track their players’ progress routinely.

BodyLogic body composition is also useful to recreational athletes and members of the fitness community who want to track their muscle development and fat loss.  The biggest advantage is that it can measure metabolic health by differentiating healthy fat and unhealthy fat.

“Love handles” are sub-cutaneous white fat which is actually healthy fat when present in moderation.  We dislike them because we can see them, but they do little harm.  What we cannot see is what can really hurt us.

Visceral Adipose Tissue is unhealthy yellow fat inside the abdomen and chest.  Too much of this can lead to diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis and metabolic syndrome.  More about VAT and how to change it next time.

Jay Ginther, MD