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Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) – The response to the medical challenges of the 21st century

BIA technology optimizes diagnosis and treatment // seca delivers gold standard-level results

Facts at a glance – The advance of nutrition-related diseases demands a battle on all fronts
Obesity, Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and malnutrition have arrived in everyday medical care. Nutrition and weight-related disorders and complications are among the greatest challenges in medical practices and hospitals in the 21st century. Around the world 10.8% of all men and 14.9% of women were overweight in 2014.[1] According to WHO, the number of overweight persons has tripled in the past 20 years. If this trend continues, by 2025, 18% of men and 21% of women throughout the world will be overweight.[2] Diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and kidney damage are the consequences. At the same time, malnutrition, particularly in oncology and geriatrics, is one of the most frequent causes of death in hospital.  

Shaky foundation – Diagnosis and treatment are based on outdated BMI assumptions
Nevertheless, medical personnel base assessments of a patient's state of health and nutritional status on the Body Mass Index (BMI), a value that has been the yardstick for over- or underweight since the 1980s and is still used by many as the single parameter for diagnosis and treatment decisions. The BMI, however, neglects to take into account the urgently needed parameter of body composition.  Because information about fat mass, muscle mass and body water is not considered, the chances for early initiation of preventive measures or ideal treatment management go unused.  

Solutions with BIA – Analysis of body composition creates new level of treatment
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) compensates for the weaknesses of the BMI by providing an accurate picture of the patient's state of health and nutrition status with a breakdown of body water, fat and muscle mass. During the course of treatment, it is presumed that reductions in the obese patient's weight and BMI are positive. That muscle mass and water decline, but fat remains dangerously high and poses a threat to organs cannot be observed by checking the BMI only. Detailed case studies from a variety of specialties including oncology, nutrition medicine, nephrology and diabetology provide evidence of the benefit of using BIA over exclusive reliance on BMI: https://us.secashop.com/mbca/case-reports.

BIA at level of gold standards – seca mBCA offers unmatched precision
Precise and valid data are indispensable in medical diagnostics and treatment. To satisfy medical demands for data, seca invested in research and development to make BIA technology better and more precise. The work resulted in the seca medical Body Composition Analyzer (mBCA) for the measurement of a standing (seca mBCA 515) or reclining (seca mBCA 525) patient. seca had the precision of the captured BIA parameters validated against gold standards in a multi-center study[3] involving different ethnic groups. In all examinations the seca mBCA proved its exceptional status in bioelectrical impedance measurement. 

You'll find more information about BIA technology and mBCA products at www.mbca.seca.com

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Since 1840 seca has perfected the skill of developing innovative weighing technology combined with practical functions and has become the world's market leader in medical measuring and weighing. seca measuring systems and scales are sold by 13 branch offices and exported to 110 countries. The seca service network guarantees continuous maintenance of the precision instruments. To provide doctors and medical personnel with professional support, seca maintains close contact to users and tailors innovative products to the exact needs of their medical applications. Examples include the medical Body Composition Analyzer (mBCA) which analyzes body composition by means of Bioelectrical Impedance Measurement (BIA), and the seca 360° wireless system which supports doctors with diagnoses. Ultra-modern production technology, durable materials and a worldwide quality management system ensure top-level product standards.

[1] NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC) (2016). Trends in adult body mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19.2 million participants. Lancet 387: 1377–1396. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30054-X
[2] ibid.
[3] Bosy-Westphal A, Schautz B, Later W. Kehayias JJ, Gallagher D. What makes a BIA equation unique? Validity of eight-electrode multi-frequency BIA to estimate body composition in a healthy adult population. Eur J Clin Nutr 2013; 67: 14-21; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2012.160

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