Body composition refers to the distribution of fat and lean mass (muscle, bone, organs, etc.) in the body. Analyzing your body composition over time can provide valuable insights into various aspects of your overall health that you may not be aware of.
Body composition assessments can provide information about your bone density. Bone density tests measure the strength of the bones, and can inform the risks of future bone fractures. Low bone density is a risk factor for osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weak and brittle bones. Aging, hormonal changes, and nutritional deficiencies are all factors that can lead to low bone density in men and women.
Body Fat Percentage
The percentage of body fat is a critical indicator of your health. Excessive body fat, especially when concentrated around organs (visceral fat), is associated with an increased risk of chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Excess visceral fat is linked to insulin resistance, inflammation, and type 2 diabetes.
Some body composition methods can provide insights into your hydration levels. Dehydration can affect overall health and physical performance, and can also lead to a number of issues including fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headaches, and dry skin. Maintaining proper hydration is essential for various bodily functions to operate effectively.
Muscle mass is essential for your overall strength, metabolism, and functionality. Low muscle mass may indicate poor nutritional status, physical inactivity, or underlying health issues. Maintaining or building muscle mass is important for maintaining your metabolic health and preventing frailty, especially as you age.
For individuals working on fitness and/or weight management goals, regular body composition assessments can help track progress and adjust strategies accordingly. Having a better understanding of your body composition and the factors that impact it can inform the methods for reaching your fitness and nutrition goals.
InBody at RMI
We now have an InBody Scale at our office, which accurately measures aspects of body composition. The detailed report provided by this analyzer includes measurements of weight, muscle mass, body fat percentage, lean analysis, and water content. To learn more about customized wellness plans at Regenerative Medical Institute, visit our website or call us at 877-573-3737.