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How to Manage Your Diabetes

 

How to manage your diabetes this November, National Diabetes Awareness Month. This year the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases is focusing their efforts on driving awareness around the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease:

According to the NIH, “Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes. This is because over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. The good news is that the steps you take to manage your diabetes can also help lower your chances of having heart disease or a stroke:

  • Stop smoking or using other tobacco products.
  • Manage your A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
  • Develop or maintain healthy lifestyle habits – be more physically active and learn ways to manage stress.
  • Take medicines as prescribed by your doctor.”

One of the three critical health markers that you can proactively manage to help maintain your A1C, improve your cardiovascular health and reduce your risk for diabetes is your visceral fat level. Visceral fat is the dangerous abdominal fat that lies just below your subcutaneous skin fat, hugging your vital internal organs. It has been linked to Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome, inflammation and some cancers. The good news is that with a DEXA scan you can now measure how much visceral fat you have to determine your risk for Cardiovascular Disease and take steps to immediately improve.

At DEXA+, for National Diabetes Awareness Month, we are showcasing two of the leading DEXA providers in the country, who use their DEXA programs to work closely with their patients in educating and reviewing their health risks, including personalized plans that help reduce their risk for CVD and Type II Diabetes and put them on a path toward more optimized health.

 

Dr. Vyvyane Loh at Transform Alliance for Health (Newton, MA)

 

 

Dr. Vyvyane Loh, founder of Transform Alliance for Health in Newton, MA is board-certified in Obesity Medicine and Internal Medicine. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and trained at Newton-Wellesley Hospital where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Loh worked at HMR and was the medical obesity specialist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Center for Weight Loss Surgery before starting her own practice. She serves on the ABOM exam writing board and is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association and The Obesity Society. Her other achievements include choreography and writing. She was the recipient of the Bunting/Radcliffe Fellowship in Fiction in 2006, a Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction in 2008, and shortlisted for the 2005 international IMPAC Award in Literature.

Manage your diabetes

Dr. Loh and her team at Transform Alliance for Health are pioneers in wellness-based care that is grounded in science and epigenetics (the interaction between genes and the environment).  Transform Alliance for Health specializes in Preventive Care and the management of chronic metabolic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Their integrative and holistic approach is fresh, innovative, evidence-based and outcomes-driven. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Loh, visit: https://www.transform-afh.com.

 

Dr. David Carfagno at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute (Scottsdale, AZ)

 

 

Dr. David Carfagno, founder of Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute, is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Sports Medicine (CAQ) and Ringside Medicine (ABRM). Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute (SSMI) offers comprehensive care and sports injury treatment for the complete athlete, including impact testing and orthopedic care, and metabolic programs to help his clients achieve and surpass their fitness goals.

At SSMI, Dr. Carfagno has taken a leadership role in health and fitness in his community and embraced it as a guiding principle in his own life. Dr. Carfagno has led as the Medical Director for AZ PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Marathon, Ringside Physician for Arizona Stage Boxing and MMA Commission, Team Physician at USA Boxing, as well as the Assistant National Medical Director for Rock and Roll and Tri RockSeries. He has competed in triathlons such as the Iron Man competition, including making the US National Team and World Championships in Beijing, China and most recently the Netherlands for 2020. Dr. Carfagno has been consistently recognized as a Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor in Sports Medicine since 2010 and Internal Medicine in 2017 and has helped his patients reach their athletic performance, fitness and weight loss goals, showcasing inspiring health transformation stories. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carfagno, visit: http://www.scottsdalesportsmedicine.com.

Top 3 things to look for with OEM service agreements

OEM Service agreements

 

About OEM Service Agreements

Purchasing medical equipment for your Healthcare facility is a good move, but one very important thing to look out for is maintenance and how to reduce running costs. There are several service providers dedicated to maintaining medical equipment, but you’ll agree that the first provider to look at should be the OEM’s engineer. This is very useful for OEM medical flagship releases.

Therefore, service agreements should be reached with an OEM before purchasing medical equipment from them.

 

Environment

Medical imaging equipment is subject to environmental working conditions, the working environment of the equipment plays a role in its maintenance needs.

 

Incorporate training in Services agreements

When signing OEM service agreements, a health provider should also opt for training services to be provided to their in-house engineers. This will greatly reduce the cost of maintaining their imaging equipment, improve efficiency and reduce downtime.

 

Planning for the end of imaging equipment life

All good things come to an end. Medical imaging equipment is a machine, and all machines are subject to wear over time, they crash. An OEM continues to provide maintenance services for machines that have reached their service life for 7-10 years. After this period, they discontinue their services, however, a healthcare provider can sign services agreements with a services department.

Running obsolete or outdated equipment without available parts is more expensive than buying new equipment.

 

Understanding service agreements is pivotal to the success of healthcare providers.

 

Need a service provider for your imaging equipment? Contact DEXA Plus and ask us about our service plans designed around your needs (click here).

 

What to look for with Imaging Medical Equipment Service

medical equipment service

Medical equipment service can be a pain for healthcare providers. Even worse, medical equipment downtime.

Medical equipment overtime requires maintenance checks to prevent downtime. There are various maintenance checks you can do to enhance the efficiency of medical equipment to prevent chaos and ensure longevity; they include, corrective, operational, preventive, and predictive maintenance.

 

Corrective Maintenance

Corrective maintenance is done when the technological capacity of the medical equipment malfunctions.

 

Operational Maintenance

Operational maintenance is usually done by the user of the medical equipment, your task includes changing of filters, running electrical systems checks, and routine cleaning.

 

Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is carried out to prevent medical equipment failures without prior notice.

 

Predictive Maintenance

While, predictive maintenance preempts medical equipment failures through regular monitoring, running system diagnosis and performing corrective or preventive maintenance when the medical equipment shows red flags.

All this might sound cumbersome for a health care provider to handle, this is why a service contract must be signed with a trusted medical equipment service company. A service contract with a trusted medical equipment service provider will reduce maintenance costs, reduce downtime and prevent redundancy

 

What do you gain by signing a contract?

Signing a contract with a trusted service provider will greatly reduce your maintenance budget. This is possible if all the maintenance procedures outlined above are followed.

If you want to save big on maintenance costs then you are advised to use the services of Dexa Plus, a trusted medical equipment service provider.

 

Contact us DEXA Plus today to discuss how our service plan can help you (click here)

 

 

How to Pick Imaging Service Providers: Downtime Will Cost You

DEXA service technician

Why you need imaging service providers:

Either you run a private clinic, or large-scale medical facility, you’ll agree that one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a medical imaging facility is system downtime. You’ve got patients lined up, gingerly waiting on their appointments to get scanned for their conditions and your medical equipment lay there lifeless.

Nothing practically works, and you run the risk of losing your patients to the competition. What do you do? How do you solve this problem? Simple, you need Imaging service providers.

Here are a few tips on how you can solve this problem and how to get the right Imaging Service Providers.

 

Finding the Right Imaging Service Providers

Numerous professionals can fit right into this category, they could be engineers from an independent service organization (ISO), an OEM’s engineers or an in-house employee.

Whoever they may be, the endgame is to have an engineer that will readily be available to attend to your Medical Imaging equipment system downtime.

 

New or Used Imaging Equipment?

One downside of using OEM engineers is that they don’t usually provide clarity, they don’t tell you whether the medical replacement is either a new or refurbished one. You trust them to fix your failed system for you since they are supposed to be the “experts,” all-knowing.

With all due respect, you need to know the value of what you’re coughing up money for, so you don’t run the risk of having to replace another part or ultimately damaging the equipment.

 

The OEM business model

OEM’s will commit more time to research and development of new systems. It’s in their business interest to design newer technologies for (Healthcare Technology Management) HTM leaders to buy into.

It’s not like they don’t provide you with engineers to maintain your ageing system, they do! What happens is that the time you might need their service, they might be in the next state or somewhere else on Planet Earth far away from you.

 

ISO inconsistency

There are tons of independent imaging service providers that can send engineers to HTMs on short notice, it is, however, important to note that there’s a wide variety of ISOs in service.

ISOs consist of individuals for hire, large organizations and some can provide you with permanent support staff. At the end of the day, what you need is a partner that will provide you with clarity, trust, consistency, and proficiency.

 

Finding the right Parts Provider

A nightmarish situation is when your imaging expert orders a bad replacement part, therefore a reliable source for your replacement parts should be established.

Sometimes, misconceptions about the legitimacy of replacement part sources arise. You might think an OEM provides brand new parts while a third imaging service provider provides used parts, however, it may just be the other way around. The responsibility falls on you to identify the source of your replacement parts.

 

Dead-On-Arrival (DOA) rates

DOA rates are a measurement scale you can use to identify redundant parts. You can find DOA rates that are lower than 5 percent, much better than OEM rates. The problem most OEM engineers face is that they often pick up redundant parts that were reintroduced to the manufacturer’s inventory by another OEM who didn’t notify the manufacturer about the equipment’s redundancy.

 

Quality Assurance (QA) testing

The best way to safeguard your equipment is to discontinue using the service of a service provider that doesn’t test parts for their efficiency. All you need to do is some research on a provider’s QA assessment. This will give you an insight into their modus operandi.

 

Technical Support

Companies that provide support to ISOs that order replacement parts should be put on the trusted list of part providers. Sometimes parts ordered by service providers might encounter lags during installation, if the part company provides technical support to an engineer in the field, it will greatly reduce downtime.

 

Medical Imaging Service Providers: Certifications and Regulations

Certifications and regulations are measures that have been established by regulatory bodies like the FDA. These measures are set up to guide healthcare providers on what third party imaging service provider to subscribe to. Imaging Service Providers who operate along with the latest servicing guidelines stipulated by the MIITA about the ISO 9001 standard and ISO 13845 standard for medical devices, should be sort by healthcare providers.

 

There are numerous ISO engineers in the imaging servicing provider market, however, one imaging service provider stands out and that’s Dexa Plus.

At Dexa Plus, provide preventative maintenance, service and repair of Dexa scanners.

 

Contact us today (click here)!

 

 

AI in Healthcare: America Medical Association Augmented Intelligence Recommendations

AI in Healthcare: America Medical Association Augmented Intelligence Recommendations

To understand AI in healthcare you need to de-construct the myth surrounding Augmented Intelligence.

 

What is Augmented Intelligence?

Augmented Intelligence is the use of information technology to amplify human intelligence. Augmented Intelligence in healthcare simply uses machine learning technology to amplify already existing healthcare intelligence.

Recently, the advancement of AI in health care necessitated the recommendations provided by the American Medical Association for strict adherence to the proper use, oversight and accountability of Augmented Intelligence in Healthcare.

Their endorsement of the guidelines comes amid the successful inroads AI in healthcare has made in providing standard patient care with increased exponential growth, satisfactory improvement in working conditions for physicians, and an improvement in the need to prioritize population health care, at reduced cost margins.

 

The American Medical Association made the following recommendations

  • They underscored the need for risk assessment to be carried out on AI health care systems through oversight and regulation. They want clarity to be provided for AI in healthcare regarding automation procedure, deployment conditions, and transparency. Also, they desire clarity on equity, efficacy, and safe practices.
  • They desire clarity on how payment and coverage on Augmented Intelligence systems complied with Federal Legislation and Regulations as well as State Legislation and Regulations.
  • Other recommendations AMA provided include the provision of cost-effective methods for small scale physicians
    • The introduction of favorable policies that don’t scrutinize physicians not yet on board with AI in healthcare
    • They want liability on any incidence that may arise using AI in healthcare to fall on the developers of autonomous AI systems
    • They want guidelines for the use of AI in healthcare to be developed by existing Medical experts utilizing autonomous systems
    • They want a greater collaboration between Federal, Medical community, other players in the industry to improve AI in healthcare so that it becomes easily accessible to patients and physicians.

 

The world is changing rapidly, and health problems are evolving, Augmented Intelligence in healthcare will provide a greater understanding of medical challenges and provide solutions in the future.

The use of a DEXA scanner is a perfect example of AI in use. At DEXA Plus, we teach our clients how to use these AI scanners to save lives.

 

Want a free consultation with our DEXA specialist? Click Here

 

 

 

Healthcare & Fitness Integration Track and Summit

Healthcare & Fitness Integration Summit 2019 | DEXA Plus

Healthcare & Fitness Integration Track and Summit

Visiting the Healthcare & Fitness Integration Summit this week?

 

Stop by our booth (412). Mention you saw us online for a personal health & wellness optimization plan to grow your practice and transform lives at the same time.

 

DEXA is the technology of choice for NFL, NBA, MLB, and D1 athletics and is now commercially available

  • DEXA Plus can show you how to integrate the gold standard in fitness and healthcare technology as seen here:

 

 

At DEXA Plus, we help physicians and business owners integrate DEXA technology to define their member experience with the most accurate scan of three critical health markers everyone should know to optimize health:

1. Total body composition
2. Visceral fat
3. Bone density.

 

Come visit us at booth 412 to learn how DXA can attract and retain more members to elevate your practice, fitness center or business.

Jim

 

Not making it to the show? Contact us today for pricing and a free consultation

 

 

Healthcare & Fitness Integration Summit Schedule

HILTON CHICAGO
OCTOBER 9–11, 2019

A VO2 test

The Health Markers You MUST Know

Stopwatches, mirrors, tape measures: in ages past, creating as complete a picture of your health and fitness as possible meant compiling scraps of information from decidedly lacking means.  Today, however, you have access to Health Markers data points capable of:

  • Determining your body composition, from bone density to visceral fat and more.
  • Identifying your resting metabolic rate, a crucial step in establishing a baseline calorie “budget.”
  • Establishing your maximum oxygen output, or VO2 max, to gauge exercise efficiency and the steps required to move you closer to optimal performance 

A Closer Look

Understanding the power of each of these three elements drives home precisely how critical it is to understand this information and how it affects both your day-to-day life and peak performance capabilities. So let’s take a closer look at each.

 

Critical Health Marker 1: Body Composition

WHAT IT IS: Talk of “body composition” means addressing a person’s bone density, muscle mass, and visceral fat. Each of the three can help identify current or potential issues with osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and metabolic syndrome, respectively. 

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW IT: It isn’t hyperbole to say that knowing your body composition figures may save your life. 

  • Osteoporosis weakens bones, making fractures more likely. Since such fractures take an increasingly deadly toll as a person ages, making less dense (brittle) bones an urgent issue. 
  • Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass as a person gets older. It’s a substantial contributing factor to a decrease in strength and mobility. That can lead to falls, which is a dangerous situation for the elderly.
  • Metabolic syndrome is a category under which diabetes, cancer, and other ailments fall. A high level of visceral fat — which surrounds your internal organs — is the culprit here. 

 

Critical Health Marker 2: Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)

WHAT IT IS: As the term suggests, your RMR reveals your metabolism’s efficiency during non-exertion — in other words, how many calories your body burns when not exercising. A high RMR means your body will burn more calories as your rest (which includes as you sleep). It also means you’ll burn more calories throughout the day and during your sessions at the gym. 

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW IT: Knowing your RMR is vital to identify how many calories you can consume in a day. Do you need more? Less? 

RMR removes the mystery and guesswork formerly involved with setting daily caloric goals; you’ll know specifically what to aim for. 

And since your metabolism changes along with your weight, access to follow-up body composition and RMR scans after 90 days will help identify your new health baseline and how to adjust it after achieving your weight loss or gain goals — a continuous health-boosting loop.

 

Critical Health Marker 3: VO2 Max

WHAT IT IS: The maximum amount of oxygen you can utilize during an intense workout is also known as your VO2 max. Knowing your VO2 max is essential to determining your aerobic endurance. 

This is key data for anyone either training for, or helping someone train for an athletic event with an endurance component, such as:

  • Marathons
  • Triathlons/Ironman triathlons
  • Cycling competitions or tours

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW IT: Charting VO2 max is beneficial in preventing injury as an athlete trains. That’s because it marks a person’s level of fitness and allows for a degree of the specification that improves the level without taxing the athlete to the point of injury.

 

Putting the Plus in DEXA+

Gathering the essential health data provided by body composition, RMR, and VO2 max testing used to be overly complicated, notably expensive, or both. 

Although stopwatches and tape measures still have a place in training, achieving ideal health and performance has come a long way since their heyday.

Now, learning such crucial information requires nothing more than a visit to the medical practices and wellness centers that offer such tests. The tests are affordable and comfortable, with limited or no prep required. 

If you’re interested in optimal health and performance, body composition, RMR, and VO2 max is what you must know — now and into your future.

A1C Q&A

Answering Your A1C Questions

The “A” in A1C doesn’t stand for “answers,” but it may as well for the purpose of this article. That’s because this article provides answers for some of the most common A1C questions people like you are asking today.

The right answers are important because diabetes is a serious medical condition that can lead to:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Blindness
  • Kidney disease
  • Amputations

Please remember: Always consult your physician
for personalized medical information and guidance.

What is A1C?

Physicians administer the A1C test to determine your average blood sugar level over the previous three months.

What is a Good A1C Level?

Physicians prefer seeing an A1C level below 5.7%. Any result higher than that and you may be diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic.

How Can I Lower My A1C Level?

There’s no single way to lower your A1C level. A multi-pronged approach will work best:

  1. Communication
  2. Diet
  3. Exercise
  4. Medicine

Why is Communication So Important to Lowering A1C?

Admittedly, it may seem odd to have “communication” as a top tactic. But don’t underestimate the power of clear, honest, and continuing conversations with your healthcare provider about the changes you can make — and stick with — to lower your A1C level.

How Can I Lower My A1C with Diet?

A low-carb or medium-carb diet is considered effective for lowering A1C levels. Refined foods are best avoided in favor of whole foods such as green, leafy vegetables, legumes, and nuts.

Which Foods Lower A1C Levels?

WebMD recommends the following foods for lowering your A1C level:

  1. Raw, cooked, or roasted vegetables such as mushrooms, onions, eggplant, and zucchini
  2. Greens such as kale, spinach, and chard
  3. Low-calorie drinks such as tea or water infused with cucumbers or lemon
  4. Melon or berries
  5. Whole-grain, higher-fiber foods such as dried beans, peas, and lentils
  6. “Good” fat choices such as olive oil, avocado, and fatty fish (like salmon)
  7. Protein such as Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, and lean meats

Can I Lower My A1C Overnight?

No. Rome wasn’t built in a day — and neither are the kinds of healthy, long-lasting changes you need to make to achieve a lower A1C score.

How Can I Lower My A1C Quickly?

If you communicate with your healthcare provider, make good food choices, exercise, and take whatever medicine is prescribed to you, you’ll achieve greater control over your A1C level than ever before.

Does Exercise Lower A1C?

Exercise is a leading tool in the battle against high A1C levels and many other health issues. That’s because exercise — even a physical activity such as gardening — lowers insulin resistance.

Don’t worry: this doesn’t mean you have to adopt the same training regimen as an Olympic athlete. Work with your healthcare provider to set realistic activity goals. They may incorporate walking, jogging, and biking.  

One More A1C Question Worth Asking …

DEXA machines are ideal for gauging a person’s body composition. That includes bone density, muscle mass, and visceral fat. Visceral fat is especially important, since its presence and amount may serve as early indicators of metabolic syndrome — the broader category under which diabetes resides.

To better understand how an easy, affordable DEXA scan can deliver vital health information to help you combat unfavorable A1C numbers, speak with your physical today. And if you find the idea of a DEXA scan compelling, click here to search for a welcoming DEXA Plus partner location near you.

A high A1C level can lead to health problems.

Working Around A1C test Shortcomings

Practically since its introduction in 1977, many medical professionals have considered the A1C test the gold standard for determining a patient’s average blood sugar (glucose) level.

Depending upon the result of the A1C test, the patient could be diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic.

A1C Challenges

In recent years, researchers and others have called into question the efficacy of A1C tests. Along the way, several issues have been cited.

Issue: The A1C test underestimates diabetes’ prevalence. That’s according to a study presented at the 2019 session of the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting. Researchers found that A1C cannot be relied upon as the sole determinant of diabetes. Their recommendation is to use it in conjunction with an oral glucose test for improved accuracy.

Issue: The A1C test doesn’t always identify pre-diabetes or diabetes. As the chart above indicates, an A1C level of 6.5% indicates diabetes. But a patient’s percentage may come in lower than that even though they do have diabetes “if you have evidence of the insulin resistance syndromes that include high triglycerides, low HDL — your typical metabolic syndrome,” according to Javier Morales, M.D., FACP, FACE. Morales is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University and Vice President at Advanced Internal Medicine Group.

Issue: The A1C test works best as part of a diagnostic plan. After reviewing the available literature and discussing the issue, an international committee of medical experts reached a consensus that the A1C should be included among diagnostic tools for diabetes. In the ensuing years, however, the test has grown in prominence. The general public may view it less as one tool among others and more the only tool that matters.

Issue: Multiple conditions can skew A1C test results, resulting in either an increase or decrease in the numbers that the test returns. Such conditions include:

  • Kidney failure
  • Liver disease
  • Anemia
  • Medicines such as opioids and some HIV medications
  • Blood loss
  • Blood transfusions

Taking these issues into account, the A1C can at least contribute to a physician’s understanding of a patient’s potential development of pre-diabetes or diabetes. Considering that diabetes is the leading cause of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation, that’s no small achievement.

READ MORE: How one practice noted A1C’s issues and turned its focus to DEXA.

DEXA’s Place in the Diabetes Landscape

Diabetes is among the several significant health issues that can result from metabolic syndrome. Other health issues related to metabolic syndrome include heart disease and stroke.

Establishing a patient’s metabolic syndrome susceptibility, then, would seem an effective way to stave off prediabetes or diabetes. But if a number of factors can render the A1C test unreliable, what options are available to a wellness professional?

One strong choice is DEXA.

DEXA’s ability to measure a person’s body composition — especially visceral fat — makes it a great tool to help stave off metabolic syndrome. That’s because visceral fat is a key element in the development of metabolic syndrome, and there is no better medical device available to gauge visceral fat than a DEXA machine.

Increasingly, medical professionals are circling visceral fat’s biologically active, potentially harmful qualities as public enemy number one when it comes to a person’s developing metabolic syndrome — which can include diabetes.

DEXA: Health’s Way Forward

A DEXA-based approach also addresses the issues with A1C:

  • Its industry-best precision means the amount of a patient’s visceral fat — and, therefore, a potential increase in the risk of developing diabetes — is not underestimated.
  • While the whole patient must be treated, which can require multiple testing tools, the DEXA’s ability to gauge not only visceral fat but muscle mass and bone density makes it an important cornerstone of any wellness plan.
  • Conducted properly, DEXA results cannot be skewed in the way that conditions such as anemia can skew A1C results.

Modern medicine contains no single “magic bullet” to diagnose and treat any patient. However, the more that is learned about the devastating effects that metabolic syndrome can have on a person, the more important it is to turn promptly to the best tools available for identifying it.

DEXA represents just such a tool. To learn more about what a DEXA machine can mean for your patients, your practice, and you, contact us today.

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www.pharmacytimes.com/peer-exchange/cardio-diabetes/acp-versus-ada-guidelines-on-hba1c
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Measuring visceral fat.

Visceral Fat and Its Role in Your Health

It’s possible that visceral fat will present the majority of us with the greatest health-related fight in which we’ll ever find ourselves. That’s because visceral fat can lead to metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and malignancies.

Understanding your visceral fat level, which visceral fat measure approach is best, and what a visceral fat rating is could help you avoid such personal health catastrophes.

Visceral Fat Level

In contemporary gaming, “leveling up” means increasing the capabilities of your gaming character.

When visceral fat is the topic, however, leveling up can be deadly.

That’s because a high visceral fat level may be a precursor to serious health issues such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Breast and colorectal cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Why Your Visceral Fat Level Matters More than Your Subcutaneous Fat Level

Your visceral fat hides beneath your abdominal wall, where it surrounds organs such as the liver and intestines. You likely have more subcutaneous fat — the fat that accumulates beneath your skin but in front of your abdominal wall — but visceral fat is far more dangerous.

Here’s why:

For a long time, the medical community saw fat cells as passive. Now, though, it’s clear that such cells are “biologically active,” with fat performing as an endocrine gland. With subcutaneous cells, that performance includes a higher amount of beneficial molecules. When it comes to visceral fat, the script switches: that kind of fat produces more potentially harmful molecules.

It’s those harmful molecules that attack the nearby organs and, subsequently, wreak havoc on them and you. This is why paying attention to your visceral fat level is so important.

Visceral Fat Ratings

The amount of visceral fat you have can be expressed a few ways. One way is with something called a visceral fat rating based on a scale of 1-59. The goal is to keep the visceral fat rating under 13. Anything above that indicates an unhealthy visceral fat level.

What Visceral Fat Ratings Mean

A visceral fat rating below 13 means the subject is successfully avoiding the riskier amounts of visceral fat that can lead to the illnesses mentioned above. This is achieved through diet and exercise — but mostly diet.

Visceral Fat Rating Shortcomings

A visceral fat rating often is associated with BIA, which involves sending an electrical current through your body. It is not considered an especially reliable form of body composition measurement. While paying attention to your visceral fat amount is better than ignoring it, there are better ways that with an approach incorporating a visceral fat rating. Rather than seeking a visceral fat rating, visceral fat measure techniques that quantify your visceral fat with a percentage offer a more accurate figure.

We’ll take a closer look at visceral fat measure next.

Visceral Fat Measure

As more is learned about how dangerous high levels of visceral fat can be, the medical and scientific communities devote more effort into ways to quantify a person’s visceral fat amounts with accuracy.

There are various ways a professional can take a patient or client’s visceral fat measure. Here are the more popular methods in alphabetical order:

  • BIA
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • DEXA
  • Hydrostatic (Underwater) Testing
  • Skinfold Calipers

The Best Visceral Fat Measure Techniques

Of the five visceral fat measure techniques listed, DEXA receives the highest marks from medical professionals. Hydrostatic testing, which involves dunking the subject into water, is a distant second.

The others — BIA, BMI, and skinfold calipers — are not considered reliable enough measures for a serious measure of visceral fat. WebMD, for its part, grades them C+, D, and D, respectively. Of BIA, one medically confirmed study cited its “limited potential for accurately measuring visceral fat ….”

Fighting Visceral Fat

What was formerly a somewhat pricey and complicated process to identify your body composition — including your visceral fat — DEXA scans have come down in both measures to be accessible to everyone.

DEXA+ is proud to be at the forefront of that effort. Because there is no better way to determine your body’s composition and track progress to improve your health, we’re proud to be here to offer clients this service. To learn more, contact us today.

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