For more than three decades, the prevalence of obesity has increased rapidly among both adults and children. In 2008, 1.5 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these, over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese1. The demand for accurate body composition analysis is growing as healthcare providers realize its value in identifying serious health risks that result from obesity, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes2.
The Advanced Body Composition assessment feature produces color images displaying the distribution of fat, lean mass, bone, and fat mass index translating the information into an easy to interpret report for improved patient management and counseling.
Hologic whole body DXA systems are the only ones to incorporate the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) whole body composition reference data. Combined with the recently released guidelines from the Endocrine Society which recommends annual bone mineral density and body composition exams for bariatric surgery patients3, the Discovery DXA system will enable you to improve patient management by not only offering bone mineral density tests, but by also calculating
your patient's body composition.
1 World Health Organization (WHO). Obesity and overweight. Fact sheet N°311. March 2011.
2 NIH, NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.
3 Endocrine and Nutritional Management of the Post-Bariatric Surgery Patient: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline.