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Using Bioimpedance Anaylsis(BIA), physicians can assess your body composition, a measurement of your body fat in relation to lean body mass. Excess fat, also known as altered body composition, is related to significantly greater risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many other chronic diseases. Over 100 independent studies, conducted by researchers over the past 20 years, have shown the efficacy and usefulness of bioimpedance analysis for testing body composition.
Most importantly, body composition testing is a tool that is used with most patients to measure progress as they work toward their goals of better health. For example, when patients are following FirstLine Therapy and they come into the office for a follow-up visit, we can use BIA to assess what has happened to body composition. Changes tracked only by using weight on the scale are often misleading. A patient may have lost only 1 pound on the scale, but when we run the BIA we often reveal that they have lost perhaps 3 pounds of fat and gained 2 pounds of muscle- a very encouraging finding!
BIA is a sophisticated computerized analysis that is performed in the office, taking only a few minutes. Fortunately, many insurance plans cover the BIA procedure. While you lay on the table, fully clothed, an imperceptible electric current is passed through pads placed on your wrist and ankle. The computer then produces a detailed calculation of your tissue and fluid compartments to create and alter, as necessary, your personalized health program.