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Why measure body composition?

06-28-2012 11:50 AM CET | Health & Medicine

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Obesity or muscle wasting disease? A patient's body composition data are essential for the diagnosis and treatment of weight-related disorders. Too much fat in the body is unhealthy – but so is too little.

A risky body composition may not be obvious at first glance. A heavyweight boxer, for example, has great muscle mass and a high weight. According to the Body Mass Index, this combination indicates obesity, but the boxer is a very healthy competitive athlete. Another example involves a patient with normal weight but a very high proportion of water. In this case too the BMI is wrong because the patient falls within a normal range although he is actually at risk.

These examples clearly show that a valid assessment of a patient's overall health cannot be made only on the basis of weight and height. Body composition also has to be taken into consideration. That's exactly what the medical Body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 515 does.

In less than 20 seconds the seca mBCA 515/514 analyzes the human body's individual compartments, such as fat, water and muscle, and compares the measurements to medical reference values. Clinical studies were made which validated the device and correlated its results with medical science's gold standards. With this diagnostic instrument, seca gmbh & co. kg of Hamburg has thus achieved a level of precision previously unknown in bioelectrical impedance measuring and has opened up a new dimension in diagnostic medicine.

The six analytical modules of the new seca mBCA 515/514 offer the user innumerable diagnostic options. With precise ratios such as fat mass to weight or extracellular to intracellular water, the doctor can now obtain indications of medical disorders which were previously difficult to diagnose without additional examinations. Another significant advantage comes with the graphic presentation of measurement results, which visualizes the doctor’s findings for the patient.

The seca mBCA 515 has been adapted ideally to the working conditions in doctors' practices and hospitals. It features quick and simple operation, reproducible measurements and easy integration in the seca 360° wireless system and computer networks.

More information: www.seca.com/mbca

Since its founding in 1840 seca has proven its skill at developing innovative weighing technology combined with practical functions. Today seca is the world market leader in medical measuring and weighing. seca’s distribution network expands into 110 countries, in addition to the seca headquarter in Germany there are ten distribution subsidiaries in countries throughout the world. seca scales and measuring instruments are sold exclusively through specialized medical dealers. The worldwide seca service network guarantees continuous maintenance of the precision instruments.
In its efforts to give doctors and nurses professional support, seca maintains close contact to the end-users of its products. With their input, seca develops innovative products tailored to the needs of the respective medical field, such as the seca 360° wireless system which supports doctors' diagnostic work and the medical Body Composition Analyzer. Modern production technology, durable materials and a worldwide quality management system guarantee that high product standards are always met.

seca gmbh & co. kg
Hammer Steindamm 9-25, D 22089 Hamburg
website: www.seca.com
media.de@seca.com

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