Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA)

Bioimpedance Analysis is a method of assessing body composition, which is the measurement of body fat in relation to lean muscle mass and fluid. It can be helpful as a part of health and nutrition assessment.

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 can increase risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. BIA provides a method of early detection of an improper balance in body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention. BIA also measures progress as health improves.

BIA results can help guide in creating a personalized dietary and exercise program, including nutritional supplements when appropriate, to help maintain optimal health and well-being.

Bioimpedance analysis works with the help of computerized analysis, which estimates tissue and fluid compartments using an imperceptible electric current passed though pads placed on hands and feet as you lie comfortably clothed on an exam table.

In a short time, detailed measurements (including Body Mass Index and Basal Metabolic Rate) help create an effective, personalized program. A series of follow-up BIA tests may be suggested to measure progress.