Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis or Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) is a method of assessing your “body composition” – the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an integral part of health and nutrition assessment.
Why is my body composition important to my health?
Research has shown that body composition is directly related to health. A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, a condition known as altered body composition, can greatly increase your risks to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more. BIA fosters early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention. BIA also provides a measurement of fluid and body mass that can be critical assessment tool for you current state of health.
BIA also serves to measure your progress as you work to improve your health. Improving your BIA measurement or maintaining a healthy BIA measurement can help keep your body functioning properly for healthy aging and reduced risk to illness. With your BIA results, we can recommend a personalized dietary plan, nutritional supplements, and exercise to help you support optimal health and well being for a lifetime.
How does a BIA Work?
BIA is much more sophisticated than your bathroom scale, but just as painless- and almost as quick. BIA is a simple procedure that can be performed right in our office in a matter of minutes with the help of a sophisticated, computerized analysis.
This analyzer “calculates” your tissue and fluid compartments using an imperceptible electrical current passed through pads placed on one hand and foot as you lie comfortably clothed on an exam table. In just minutes, we will have very accurate measurements to help create an effective, personalized program to improve your health status.
We can conduct a series of follow-up BIA tests to monitor your health and measure your progress.
Guidelines for Assesement
For the most accurate results, the following guidelines should be followed:
- Do not eat for 4 hours prior to testing.
- Do not exercise for 12 hours prior to testing.
- Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours prior to testing.
- Drink at least 1 quart of water one hour before your test.
- Do not drink any caffeine the day of your test.
- Do not wear pantyhose.
- Do not put lotion on your hands and feet.