Body Composition Scan
Your body composition scan looks at the various components of your body such as fat levels, body water and muscle mass. Although we include a BMI reading, with these additional checks your Body Composition Scan can help give you a better understanding of your overall health.
Your check for fat levels and more
Our Body Composition Analysers utilise Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology. A safe electrical signal (50Khz, 800µA) is sent through the body via pressure-contact electrodes.
Values such as body fat percentage, Fat Free Mass, Total Body Water, etc., are calculated using an equation based on these and other values such as height, age, gender and body type.
We all need some body fat to be healthy but too much fat can damage your health and could put you at greater risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.
Visceral Fat (Abdominal Fat) is the fat that surrounds the vital organs on the trunk / stomach area of the body. High Visceral Fat levels increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Fat Free Mass
Fat Free Mass is simply your body mass minus total body fat giving you a reading that includes your bones, muscles, and water concentration.
Total Body Water %
Approximately 45 – 65% of the weight of a healthy person is water. It plays a vital role in helping you to stay healthy.
Muscles play an important role as they act as the body’s engine in consuming energy (calories).
Bone Mineral Mass
This indicates an estimated weight of bone mineral mass (it is not intended as a substitute for more detailed assessments of body density).
Basal Metabolic Rate
The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the number of calories your body requires to function at rest. The speed of your metabolism is determined by many factors such as gender, age, muscle mass compared to body fat and the amount of physical activity undertaken on a regular basis.
How to prepare
There are no special preparation instructions although you will need to remove your shoes and socks as your health screening specialist will need to access your feet.