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What’s Your Body Composition Reading?

We’ve all got bits we don’t like. It might be an overly generous bottom, or the mummy-tummy that hangs around long after our babies are fully-grown. You might assume that fat is fat.

Visceral Fat

Well here’s a thing: fat is not a not a one-size fits all matter. Each of us carries varying proportions of two different types: subcutaneous and visceral fat. The first type sits below the skin, mainly on our arms, bottom and legs, and is quite easy to see. The second, known as visceral fat, settles largely where we can’t see it, around the internal organs of the abdomen: the heart, liver, pancreas and intestines. Also called ‘active fat’, because it is more prone to potentially dangerous hormonal dysfunction, it’s this type of fat that is associated with dangerous health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

Slim at risk of danger fat too

Though doctors agree a paunch is a strong indicator of a higher level of visceral fat, slim people are susceptible to it, too, especially if they take little exercise and follow a poor diet. So a key component of being motivated to develop healthy lifestyle habits is knowing where and how much you store of these different types of fat.

DEXA can help

In the vanguard of helping reveal the truth about our bodies, is DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptionmetry) body scan technology. Initially developed to assess bone density, a vital tool for countering osteoporosis, the scanners are now equipped with ‘Advanced Body Composition’ diagnostic capability. Under the careful operation of trained consultants, the scan can accurately assess the total amount of fat stored in the trunk region.

CoreScan Option

Analysing that information further, the CoreScan option then identifies how much of that fat is packed around the vital organs. The diagnosis gives you a precise picture of how your body functions so you are better informed when considering lifestyle changes and medication options. A DEXA body scan is quick and non-invasive, and unlike more intrusive procedures, such as CT and x-ray, requires a much lower level of radiation. It’s considerably more user friendly, too, than an MRI scanner.

Get rid of belly fat

A healthy diet and regular exercise are the dream team for reducing visceral fat, along with limiting alcohol, quitting smoking and managing stress levels. Yet for many, that knowledge is not enough. With concrete evidence rather than supposition to rely on, there’s new encouragement to make the lifestyle changes that really matter.

Diagnostic expert for DEXA

At Twenty-five Harley Street day clinic, the DEXA scanners have the most advanced capabilities available. Although other clinics offer DEXA scanning, it is vital that the results are looked at by doctors who really understand the technicalities of DEXA, and what the results mean for the patient. At Twenty-five Harley Street, your DEXA scan results are analysed by the UK’s leading consultants in this field, Professor David Reid. As well as telling you your risk of a bone fracture in the next ten years, with his high level of expertise, he can also tell exactly where the fat on your body lies, giving you the chance to make appropriate lifestyle changes, which could reverse your risk of getting diabetes, heart problems and of course osteoporosis.