Body composition is essential for understanding the patient’s physiological makeup and guiding targeted therapies to enhance the success of weight management programs. InBody devices are non-invasive and convenient, making it the ideal tool to implement into clinical practice. The InBody test provides comprehensive results that can be used to educate and engage the patient as well as track health improvements throughout patient interventions.
In less than 60 seconds, the InBody test provides easy-to-understand, accurate and objective measurements to evaluate health risks and monitor progress. Bariatric professionals can use the InBody to:
Assess muscle-fat balance and visceral fat for comprehensive health risk assessments
Identify fluid imbalances related to inflammation or an underlying disease
Monitor changes to determine the efficacy of treatments and further guide health recommendations to ensure long-term success
Detect fluid imbalances resulting from systemic inflammation
Obesity is often accompanied by hormonal and other physiological changes resulting in inflammation or fluid retention (edema). However, current diagnostic markers of fluid balance are imprecise and time-consuming. InBody provides objective measures for monitoring whole-body and segmental fluid balance.
InBody effectively distinguishes water in the intracellular (ICW; within the tissues) and extracellular (ECW; within the blood and interstitial fluids) compartments that make up total body water (TBW). The Edema Index, based on the ratio between ECW and TBW (ECW/TBW), can be used to detect fluid imbalances resulting from systemic inflammation that is commonly associated with obesity.
Furthermore, it can be used to track changes in fluid balance and improvements in patients post-surgery. Additionally, this marker can help identify sustained inflammation linked to circulation issues or post-surgical complications. Evaluating ECW/TBW, physicians have the ability to identify changes in weight resulting from changes in body composition and/or fluid imbalance; this ability to track changes precisely allows for improved health outcomes for each individual patient.