July 8, 2016

The Body Composition Test

What is DXA Body Composition Analysis?

Most people are used to stepping on a set of scales but monitoring weight – while helpful – is at best a crude and imprecise way to assess your health. A person can have a lot of muscle or a large frame, but be considered “over-weight” by many height/weight charts. The opposite can also be true – a person can have a lot of fat and little muscle and be “over-fat” but not overweight. A body composition test can tell you by how much.

Too little body fat is linked to problems with normal, healthy functioning in both men and women. It can also lead to problems with reproduction in women. Too much body fat, especially when located around the abdomen, is associated with increased risk of many diseases, including type II diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and certain cancers. Obesity alone is a risk factor for early death. Yet through appropriate exercise and nutrition the proportions of fat to muscle may be changed and these risks significantly reduced.

For many athletes, performance is improved with optimal body composition and a DXA body composition scan can assist rehabilitation in sports medicine following injury or lay off.  Elite athletes and their coaches are increasingly using this technology to achieve their ambitions. Now with Body Composition (UK) it can also help the everyday athlete achieve their fitness goal.

DXA scanning is now generally considered to be the gold standard measurement of body composition.

Who can DXA help?

It is not just the high muscle mass athlete such as body builders and rugby forwards whose performance can benefit from knowing their body composition. All sports men and  sports women can benefit from fine tuning their training supported by DXA body composition from the sprint cyclist to the ironman triathlete.

Why would I have DXA Body Composition Analysis?

By knowing your body fat percentage, and the range it falls in, you can take measures to improve your health and reduce your risk for various diseases.

The following chart shows the classification of body fat percentage ranges for men and women.

Sex Normal Overweight Obese
Male (adult) 8-25% 25-30% >30%
Female (adult) 12-29% 29-35% >35%

We use the latest Lunar Prodigy DXA scanner

Our DXA Scanner @ Concord Medical Centre