What should you know about body composition?
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Knowing all about your body composition can help you determine the general state of your overall health. Even if you appear to be healthy on the outside and weigh in at a seemingly normal weight on the scale, you may still have an unhealthy or altered body composition.
Body composition is the body’s relative amount of body fat to fat-free mass, the latter of which is made up of your organs, bones, muscle, and body tissue. If your ratio of body fat is much higher than your fat-free mass, then you could be putting yourself at risk for severe health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, fatigue, cancer, and more.
Although body fat is generally associated with poor health, some fat is actually necessary for overall good health, as it can help protect internal organs, regulate hormones, and provide us with energy. Body fat should typically make up about 5% of total body weight in men and about 12% of total body weight in women.
Factors that can lead to unhealthy body composition:
More and more adults are obese and have unhealthy body composition. As obesity rates continue to grow, so will the rates for major diseases and illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more.
Here are some of the most important factors that can lead to altered body composition:
Benefits of having a healthy body composition:
By reducing your overall amount of body fat, you can improve your body composition and overall quality of life, as well as extend your lifespan.
Here are just some of the benefits of having a healthy body composition:
The RD-901 Ironman uses radio wireless Bluetooth technology, monitoring the effectiveness of a weight loss or physical activity program has never been easier.
The RD-901 also incorporates the very latest Dual Frequency bioelectric impedance analysis technology. Dual frequency testing provides an additional level of accuracy to the body composition analysis process by providing essential data of a person's intracellular and extracellular status.
Measurements include: Weight, Body Fat, Muscle Mass, Muscle Quality Score, Physique Rating, Bone Mass, Visceral Fat, Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), Metabolic Age, Total Body Water, and BMI.
The RD-901 is an FDA cleared 510(k) type 2 medical device, with a weighing capacity of 440 lb (200 kg). It uses BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) technology, which sends a safe, low-level electrical signal from foot electrodes through the body. BIA is quick and non-invasive, and is one of the most thorough and reliable ways to measure body composition, clinically comparable to DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) and hydrostatic (underwater) weighing.
A body composition analysis using the RD-901 will help assess the effectiveness of any weight loss or physical activity program.