Woolwich Wellness & Weight Loss Management utilizes state-of-the-art technology to gather an accurate assessment, for every HEAL member. Regular body composition analysis has proven invaluable in the planning, tracking, and ultimate success of HEAL members, on the way to achieving personal goals for long-term weight management.
The Seca mBCA 514, (Medical Body Composition Analyzer), allows fast, safe, and accurate analysis of a patient's body composition. This allows us to focus strategies for each individual. Decisions will be based on an accurate look at the distribution of muscle, fat, and water in the body. Our regular mBCA scans, provided as part of a HEAL membership, have been extremely beneficial in assessing and responding to developments during the weight management process.
To truly understand the benefits of this technology, it helps to know what the mBCA is looking for. Fat tissue found in the body is broken down into 2 types, Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue (SAT), which is the fat tissue found just beneath the skin. The second, more serious type of fat tissue, is called Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT). This fat tissue is particularly dangerous as it encompasses abdominal organs deep inside the body, making it extremely difficult to detect.
For most, 90% of body fat is (SAT), which can be measured more easily at home. This is the soft fat tissue that can be felt when pinching the skin, therefore, more easily trackable. The remaining body fat is (VAT). Although less abundant in the body, this type of tissue is much more likely to raise the risk for serious medical issues such as; Heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 Diabetes, Stroke, and high cholesterol/ blood pressure. Accurate measurement of (VAT) is not something that can be achieved at home, although there are methods that may give you an indication. The most accurate way to diagnose (VAT) levels in the body is through CT or MRI scans, which isn’t a realistic or timely option for most. This is where the Seca mBCA 514 comes into the program.
The mBCA 514 provides the ability to accurately measure (VAT) and (SAT) levels, as well as; height, weight, body water content, and muscle mass, all in a single 17-second scan. This data is collected through a series of electrodes built into the device. The painless process is completed in a comfortable standing position, only requiring the patient to remove socks and shoes. The device is equipped with multiple sensor locations, allowing comfort and adjustability for a variety of users.
An mBCA analysis allows the ability to compare fat and fat-free mass contained in the body. This result can be used to help understand dietary and exercise needs, set and achieve realistic goals, and track progress throughout the HEAL journey. Measuring and tracking the body’s water content has proven beneficial in both ensuring a proper healthy diet is chosen, as well as understanding fluctuations experienced in weight loss and long-term weight management.
The Seca mBCA 514 is an integral part of HEAL. It has proven to be a less intimidating, fast, and accurate method of analyzing body composition. Woolwich Wellness Weight Loss & Management is very proud to offer such a specialized analysis as part of our program and to help our members achieve the healthy lifestyle they deserve.