New InBody Scale Helps Track Body Composition
We are thrilled to now have in our office a new, state-of-the art InBody Composition Analzyer. Developed in the early 1990s at Harvard Medical School, the FDA-approved InBody scale allows us to measure patients’ body composition—a more accurate measure of health and predictor of health risks, as compared to the traditional body mass index.
“We started using the InBody scale to give patients a better gauge on what is happening with their body, beyond just their body mass index,” says Dr. Radley Griffin. “It has long been argued that the body mass index is not an accurate assessment.”
Understanding body composition can be important for assessing risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, or diabetes. In many cases, body mass index does not offer a complete picture.
“We want to know the proportion of body fat to lean muscle and how much organ fat one has,” says Dr. Griffin. “Organ fat is linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.”
Beyond more accurate measurements, the InBody scale also offers patients the ability to record and track their data every time they get on the scale.
“What’s really great about this tool is we can make changes to a patient’s diet, exercise or medication and then we can use the InBody scale to track progress over time,” says Dr. Griffin.
Patients are encouraged to step on the InBody scale during their annual physical exam—or as often as once a week if tracking weight loss.
“Many patients who are trying to lose weight get frustrated when they don’t see pounds come off,” says Dr. Griffin. “The InBody scale can track if you are burning fat and/or organ fat, which reflects healthy changes even if you still weigh the same.”
The test takes just two minutes to perform. Call or email us today to schedule a time to come in and try the new InBody scale.
Note: Patients with implantable cardiac devices such as pacemakers are not eligible to use the InBody scale because it may interfere with implantable devices.