Measuring Your Body Composition

 In Metabolic

“Building lean muscles”, and the “importance of strength training for our bodies”. We hear these phrases a lot at the end of the year, but beyond New Year’s resolutions or to look better in our clothes, why are these concepts important?

The analysis of body composition is critical to understanding overall health. Body composition analysis includes muscle mass and body fat percentage – not just Body Mass Index (or BMI) measurements that include the “pinch an inch” fat on your arms, legs and stomach, but the harder to identify visceral fat, which is riskier to our health. This fat wraps around vital organs in the abdomen and can impact their overall function.

Six men with BMI of 21. Different body compositions. Different metabolic risk.
Image © Advanced MR Analytics AB.

Through non-invasive imaging during the Health Nucleus’ whole body MRI scan, our scan breaks down your body into fat and water components to better understand health and weight.

A More In-Depth Picture of Your Health

The Health Nucleus integrates genomics, metabolic profiling and other clinical testing with advanced whole body and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Body composition scans generate a valuable layer of powerful insight into a person’s metabolic status,” said Dr. David Karow Head of Radiogenomics and Interim CEO of Human Longevity, Inc.

This integrated, full-body, experience empowers patients to take control of their own health by proactively planning to stay ahead of aging and illness.

By pairing genetic testing with your body composition results, we can quantitatively determine your risk for certain disorders such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Our assessment offers insight into:

  • Obesity-related Disease – Compared with people without the syndrome, people with Metabolic Syndrome are three times as likely to have, and twice as likely to die from a heart attack or stroke. They are also five times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
  • Diabetes – Diabetes accounts for 5 million deaths per year – meaning someone dies from diabetes every 6 seconds.
  • Cardiovascular Disease – Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally.
  • Fatty Liver – Cirrhosis due to fatty liver inflammation is now a leading cause of liver transplantation in the US and is anticipated to become the leading cause within the next two decades.
  • Sarcopenia – Approximately 5–10 % of people over 65 are estimated to suffer from sarcopenia.
  • Cachexia – Cachexia is serious and often part of the final course many diseases. Every year cachexia is responsible for the death of 10–15% of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and up to 80% in patients with cancer.
  • Cancer – A growing body of evidence indicates that obesity increases the risk of several types of cancer, including colorectal cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, renal cell carcinoma, esophageal adenocarcinoma, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer.
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders – 33% of obese adults have a limiting long-term illness or disability in England. *

Stay tuned to this site for more information on what we’re learning about these diseases and more, and how we empower you to optimize your health at the Health Nucleus.


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