Researches show it is a possibility! To effectively reverse Type 2 Diabetes or even Pre-Diabetes is to assess the root cause for Insulin Resistance, FAT.
Diabetes continues to increase globally, and the fight against this chronic condition continues to intensify. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes we all know that, but studies have shown it’s possible for people to reverse it.
Type 2 diabetes results from the accumulation of fat in the liver, which induces insulin resistance and increases blood sugar production. When a person accumulates too much fat, which should be stored under the skin, then it goes to the liver and overspills to the rest of the body, including the pancreas. This in turn shuts switches off the genes that produces insulin effectively causing type 2 diabetes. Thus, weight loss is the primary factor in those who have experienced a reversal of type 2 diabetes, as excess fat affects the body’s insulin production and usage.
But how does this remission occur, and can it last for long? Some people do achieve the reversal for long while for others, the condition returns, why?
It is first important to understand the factors that impact the reversal process. Numerous researches suggest obesity as the leading factor for type-2 diabetes. Along with it a poor lifestyle, less or no physical exercise and improper diet can cause type-2 diabetes. Researches have also shown that Lifestyle interventions, fat loss and bariatric surgery contribute to reversal in type 2 diabetes, and are some of the best ways to reverse diabetes over an extended period of time.
Having said that most lifestyle interventions focus on eating less and exercising more. But many have tried this and have seen minimal results, while also fighting unsustainable hunger and cravings.
Key For Diabetes Reversal
Now we can see type 2 diabetes as a simple condition where the individual has accumulated more fat than they can cope up with and thus the other organs start to get affected. The Connection here is between Body composition and Diabetes. The body needs a balance of lean body mass (LBM) and fat mass to function optimally and maintain positive health.
Better-balanced body composition can reduce risk of diabetes and other obesity-related disorders—and it can have a positive effect on your metabolism and its reversal. There’s no specific diet or exercise regimen that fits everyone, even the number on the scale and the BMI does not define the body composition or overall health.
The Focus need to be constantly on screening and monitoring the Muscle, Fat and body water Levels. Obtain objective measurements of muscle, fat, and visceral fat to assess disease risk and obesity. Monitor outcomes of interventions aimed to improve glycemic control and prevent worsening of complications related to diabetes and Detect fluid imbalances resulting from inflammation.
InBody DSM-BIA body composition analyzers are an effective tool for managing patients’ diabetic risks, symptoms and measure to help in reversing it, by providing accurate measures for body composition through its four core technologies. This information is then translated into useful outputs such as body fat percentage, total body water, lean body mass and visceral fat area. Visceral fat area having an important contribution to diabetics because of the association between high visceral fat levels and diabetes.
Diabetes Reversal takes time. It requires patience, consistency, and persistence. One will not get the desired result in a short span of time. Therefore, to keep one motivated with results and maintaining strengths will help in establishing diabetes reversal for a longer period of time.
*Suggestive Research papers;
Relative Muscle Mass is inversely Associated with Insulin Resistance And pre-diabetes.
Higher Visceral Fat Area at baseline was an independent risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes and the optimal VFA cutoff values were markedly different between men and women.
Modest longitudinal gain in adiposity was associated with progressive renal decline in T2DM patients, suggesting that increased adiposity over time adversely affects renal outcomes.
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“Hemodialysis patients, we dialyse them, we send them home. Then they eat food, drink water and they take salt and other spices, so the time they come for the next dialysis, we find that lot of them gain weight and blood pressure also similarly goes up” says Dr Georgi Abraham, Director Nephrologist, The Madras Medical Mission (MMM)Hospital, Chennai.
Monitoring the water, muscle and fat is mandatory in patients with long term heart diseases, liver diseases and kidney diseases. The MMM Hospital use the InBody S10 for the same.
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Trying something new always brings a set of challenges in terms of acceptability and adaptability. And when it’s about something as crucial as life and health itself, taking chances is not an option. Body Composition Analysis is not a new concept/ technology, it has been around for years now, but with its own set of limitations. So why should one go in for a BCA test or to put it right , why should one take InBody Test?
InBody is the worldwide leader in body composition analysis, simplifying the understanding of health and wellness through industry-leading technology and devices. Since 1996, InBody has expanded its market globally, on the basis of enormous needs for analysis tools to manage human health. It has been highly recognized in the world medical equipment markets for its accuracy, high-quality and leading-edge product – Through accelerated and steady expansion of global reach. InBody is constantly growing as the market leader in Korea and the world, with branches and distributors in more than 80 countries. Following which the general name for the body composition test has now become the InBody Test.
So, how can InBody Test assist in diagnosis?
Overcoming the shortcomings of the tradition BCA technology, and going beyond weight, InBody body composition analyzers break down the body with noninvasive interventions, into four major components: fat, lean body mass, minerals, and body water in an organized, easy-to-understand Results Sheet.
This is one of the most powerful tools to guide, train, and care for patients /clients in ways that was never possible before.
InBody determines percentages of skeletal muscle mass, body fat and water. It provides a comprehensive printout that serves as an ideal educational tool for engaging patients in understanding health risk management and assesments.
SEGMENTAL LEAN ANALYSIS: The Magnifying Glass
Measure lean mass distribution to identify risk of frailty.
It can Identify problem areas in patients’ development
Assess if the patient’s body is sufficiently developed in all segments of the body
Track muscle imbalances, if any.
MUSCLE-FAT AND VISCERAL FAT ANALYSIS : Monitor excess fat mass.
This makes it simple for a quick glance through patient’s current overall body composition and what changes they need to make
SEGMENTAL ECW/TBW WATER ANALYSIS : Monitor fluid accumulation in each body segment. Systemic inflammation caused by excess visceral fat and inflammatory hormones increase fluid retention and a patient’s risk for developing comorbidities, such as cardiovascular and renal disease. Direct and objective measures of body water can increase detection of water retention and reduce risk of secondary health conditions linked to various illness. Track whole body ECW/TBW, a marker of inflammation and fluid imbalance, through the direct measurement of extracellular and total body water.
BODY COMPOSITION HISTORY Tracks changes in muscle, fat, and fluid balance to chart recognize trends in body composition. Identify positive or negative changes in body composition with respect to weight.
It is a valuable tool for understanding patients with risk factors associated with various ailments based on more than 80+ parameters, with latest technology which provides accurate measures for body composition through its four core technologies. The information can be transacted into useful outputs such as body fat percentage, total body water, lean body mass and visceral fat area for further research and analysis.
“It (BIA) has been shown that it can reliably reflect body composition and associate with patient’s nutritional statuses or clinical outcomes.” Lee et al., 2015
InBody professional body composition analyzers rely on four pillars of technology to deliver quick, accurate and precise results. These pillars allow to trust that the results reflect patients’ true health from the inside out.
Making lives better with latest technology is what InBody believe in and we are striving to make that happen. InBody analysis is surely an effective tool for disease prevention, certified and utilised by professionals worldwide.
Sarcopenia is an age-related condition and can affect if not taken care off. In simple words muscles have a tendency to grow larger and stronger from birth but as per reports around the time you turn 30 you start to lose muscle mass and function and that is called sarcopenia with aging. Physically inactive people can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass every decade, even if you are active, one can still witness some muscle loss which affects strength and mobility leading to frailty and the likelihood of injuries and risks in older adults.
It is a vicious cycle which affects the ability to carry out physical activities. leading to further muscle mass loss and vice versa, affecting the quality of life and expectancy.
It can be greatly improved by assessing right and planning effective exercise and proper nutrition. Maintaining a sedentary lifestyle following diagnosis of sarcopenia can also lead to greater and faster muscle mass loss.
Body composition is essential for understanding muscle, fat and how it affects health and disease risk. Deeper insight into body composition helps in ensuring right treatments and targeting for improvement to reverse or prevent functional impairment, sarcopenia or frailty.
There are many interrelated parameters to assess sarcopenia while checking Body Composition.
Accurately measuring fat-free mass in each segment of the body the Skeletal Muscle Index (SMI) easily identifies muscle mass and frailty risk. Sarcopenia and frailty affect mortality, cognitive function, and quality of life, maintaining lean mass becomes an integral part of ensuring one’s quality of life. SMI is the ratio of the muscle in your arms and legs to your height. SMI can be obtained by dividing Appendicular Muscle Mass with Height(m)2. Using the SMI value (parameter), one can diagnose sarcopenia and monitor nutritional status and frailty risk
Simply going by the weight and its changes cannot monitor disease risk or changes in health status with aging. Sarcopenia reduces the physical activities thus leading to obesity and weight gain among individuals & elderly and this can result in sarcopenic obesity. This cannot be ascertained by weight or BMI. InBody provides accurate measures of body composition, with Muscle-Fat Analysis, Percent Body Fat and Visceral Fat, in order to track the physiological changes from inside out.
In less than 60 seconds, the InBody Test provides easy-to-understand, accurate measurements to evaluate a person’s body composition and determine risk of sarcopenia or frailty. It identifies;
Identify areas weakened through muscle loss that increase risk of health complications or falls
Assess muscle mass to determine muscle loss and regain through rehabilitation programs
Quantify health risk through the evaluation of body fat distribution
Track fluid imbalances related to loss of muscle mass, edema, or inflammation.
This in-depth analysis provides an edge for identifying health risks and preventing progression to chronic diseases associated with sarcopenia and muscle loss.
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Measure & Understand your Body’s composition; it might be telling a different story.
Losing weight is hard. It involves spending time at the gym, stopping yourself from eating your favorite food, and saying “no” to things that make you happy in general and “yes” to things that don’t.
If you’re like most people, you want to see results that justify your hard work. And that result, more often than not, has to do with seeing that number on the scale go steadily down. So you weigh yourself. Even though you know you shouldn’t, you weigh yourself every day because you need a reason to keep going.
Everything is fine until the unthinkable happens: the scale stops going down. Or, after one “cheat day” you find yourself 2 or 3 Kg heavier and you think, “Oh no! Everything I’ve done for the past 2 weeks is for nothing!” Repeat this a few times and before you know it, you’ve given up on working out and you’ve dumped your diet.
The truth is, you were probably doing a good job before you quit. You probably just got discouraged because you did what no one should ever do: you weighed yourself too much and read too much into it.
Every day is too much. Even every few days is too much. Here are 5 reasons why your scale misled you and made you feel discouraged.
First and foremost…
1. You’re confusing “weight loss” with “fat loss”
It’s a safe bet to assume that when people want to lose weight, what they really mean is that they want to lose fat. The problem is, many people use the words “weight loss” and “fat loss” interchangeably, which are two separate concepts.
Losing overall weight isn’t hard – you’ll drop a few pounds if you sit in a sauna for a while. Fat loss is harder to achieve, depends on several factors, and it takes more time than you think to truly lose it. Here are a couple key points about fat loss to consider:
When you lose weight, you lose more than just fat.
Muscle and water are two other components that make up your weight, and when you lose weight, you can lose some of each. How much of each you lose depends in part on how much fat you have to lose when you start. Overweight people have more to lose than thin people, and they will lose more weight from fat than muscle than thin people.
You can drop weight but dropping actual fat takes time– more time than you think.
Many people set fat loss goals for themselves that are unreasonable. The truth is, without going on an unhealthy near-starvation diet, you can only expect to lose 1 or 2 kilograms of fat per week at best.
Don’t expect to lose too much in a week, because even if you do, that weight is not going to be all fat. Losing muscle is not good for your health, and you will want to preserve it as much as you can.
But what about the people who do claim to lose 10 pounds in a week? There are reasons for this, beginning with…
2. Your glycogen levels are changing, which can cause large weight swings in either direction
Glycogen is a short-term energy source that your body taps into when it needs immediate energy. Although it is produced from many different types of foods, foods rich in carbohydrates like bread trigger glycogen production more than any other food source. It’s a very good energy source, so much so that this is the major reason why marathon runners have “pasta parties” the day before the race: it’s to fuel up on glycogen! You might also know this by another term carb-loading.
In terms of your weight, however, glycogen has a very interesting attribute: 3 to 4 grams of water will bond to each gram of glycogen. You always knew that diet played a big role in both fat and weight loss, but once you understand the role glycogen and water have with each other, a lot of things will make sense to you. For example:
This is why people lose weight on carb-restricting diets like the Atkins diet
The Atkins diet and other diets similar to it (ketogenic, paleo, etc.) revolve around one major concept: restricting carbohydrates, and by extension, glycogen. Once your glycogen levels become depleted, there is less water for the glycogen to bond to. This is why many people who go on ketogenic-style diets appear to lose a lot of weight very quickly: much of the initial weight loss is simply water.
This is why people believe they’ve “gained it all back” after cheating on their diet
Here’s a common situation that everyone has probably experienced at least once: after going on a strict diet for a couple of weeks and being careful with everything that you eat, you treat yourself to a weekend where you eat whatever you want because you feel like rewarding yourself.
On Monday, you stand on the scale, and you’re 8 pounds heavier. You despair, you become frustrated, and you feel like all your hard work was wasted. Good news you didn’t waste any of your hard work! It’s glycogen that’s fooling you.
It’s deceptively easy to refuel yourself on carbohydrates and replenish your glycogen levels. A typical endurance athlete, for example, requires around 500-600 g of carbohydrates a day to perform at optimal levels.
500-600 g of carbohydrates might sound like a lot to you at first, but consider that unless you actually are an athlete, your carbohydrate needs will be a lot less. Add this to the fact that:
One wheat bagel contains 48 grams of carbs (minus anything you put on it)
One slice of pizza contains 35.66 grams of carbs (and do you ever eat only one?)
One serving of lasagna with meat can contain up to 40 grams of carbs (again, just one piece?)
One cup of steamed white rice contains 45 grams of carbs
One 12oz can of soda contains 35 grams of carbs
Since many popular foods are so rich in carbs, it’s not very hard to refill your glycogen stores in a day if you aren’t watching your carb intake, or are choosing not to for a special occasion.
By refueling on carbs, you’re replenishing your glycogen levels, and water is binding to it. So, you haven’t sabotaged your goals; you’ve probably put on water weight. Watch how fast you will lose this weight again if you reduce your carbohydrate intake.
However, glycogen isn’t the only molecule that can retain water. There are others that influence your water and your weight, which leads to the next point…
3. You’re retaining water due to your salt intake
Salt (or more accurately, sodium) is everywhere and extremely hard to avoid. It might not surprise you that a single patty cheeseburger contains over 500 mg of sodium (nearly a quarter of the daily recommended levels), but would you be surprised to know that the ranch dressing you’re putting in your salad contains over half that, as much as 270 mg? Or that a tablespoon of soy sauce that you’re using in your healthy, vegetable-only stir-fry has 879 mg of sodium? Little surprise that the Mayo Clinic estimates that the average American consumes about 3,400 mg of sodium a day: close to double what’s recommended.
Sodium is linked with water retention, and it is the job of your kidneys to expel unneeded sodium out of your body. Until your kidneys are able to do that, you will temporarily be holding onto extra water. If your daily water and sodium intake habits change from day to day, this can contribute your holding onto differing amounts of water, which will cause changes in your daily weight.
So, if you were on a diet but flooded your body with more salt than you normally have, you can expect to see a temporary increase in weight. It doesn’t mean that all your hard work is for nothing; it just means that you’re experiencing additional water weight because of the extra sodium in your body.
However, there are other factors other than diet that can lead to fluctuating weight on the scale, including…
4. Your muscle gains are outweighing your fat loss
If you’re lifting weights as part of your strategy to burn fat and lose weight, you’re doing something right! Adding resistance training to your fat/weight loss plan is a great way to protect and preserve muscle loss as you subtract fat from your frame.
However, if you’re new to weightlifting and you’re pushing yourself hard, you’re going to see some things on the scale that may surprise you. Your weight might actually not go down; it might go up! Why?
This is because as you are losing fat, you are replacing that weight with muscle. Your weight may not go down, but your body fat percentage will.
For example, let’s take a 117-pound woman and assume she has 38.6 pounds of fat mass, 78.4 pounds of Lean Body Mass, and 42.3 pounds Skeletal Muscle Mass. That’s consistent with a body fat percentage of 33%, which is slightly over the normal range for women (which ends at 28%).
Staying fit keeps one healthy physically, but exercise also boosts mental and spiritual health. During a pandemic situation like the one we are facing now, clouded with so many uncertainties, it is important to not give up on a fitness routine just because one can’t go to the gym, attend an exercise class or indulge in an organised sport.
Why should we workout?
The regular physical activities which we were doing in the regular day to day scenario has taken a backseat too. Giving us all the more reason to pull ourselves and find safe alternatives to indulge in excercises and workout. Of course, exercise helps prevent weight gain, but also offers plenty of other important benefits. Exercise can lower the risk of developing health conditions like: Depression, Diabetes, Heart disease, High blood pressure and many other critical illnesses. Alongside it also helps in building muscle and strength, improves sleep patterns and boosts Immunity. Yes, the human immune system is a highly complex network of cells and molecules designed to keep the host free from infection and disease. Exercise is known to have a deep impact on the normal functioning of the immune system and always ‘looking for a fight with viruses.’ Thus, it is important that our immune cells maintain their ability to redeploy to prevent viruses and other pathogens from gaining a foothold inside the body.
So, how much exercise is needed?
This is becoming more all the more crucial as many of us have restricted access to the gyms and wellness centers where we would normally undertake exercise and physical activity regimes. Adding to this are the known negative effects of social isolation leading to confinement on immunity. In this regard, it is vital that we try to maintain our activity levels.
Develop a Routine
According to experts, regular physical activity can help one feel better and have more energy. Creating and maintaining a regular schedule when it comes to your exercise routine can help you achieve the results you want. The key is to do enough and to do it often. From moderate physical activity to enhancing flexibility, as well as muscle-strengthening workouts two or more times a week one can indulge according to their health and body composition.
Listen to Your Body and its composition.
Body composition is the proportion of fat and nonfat mass in the body. Body Composition breaks down the body into its core components: fat, protein, minerals, and body water. It describes your weight more accurately and provides a better glimpse into your overall health. Knowing your body composition can help you assess your health and fitness level as it accurately shows changes in fat mass, muscle mass, and body fat percentage. By differentiating between muscle and fat, with a quick body composition analysis, remove the guesswork of determining what your weight fluctuations mean, be it muscle gain, fat loss, or anything in between.
Find your baseline so you know what you need to lose, gain, or maintain:
Assess your Percent Body Fat so you can focus on fat loss, not just weight loss
Maximise your workout routine to fit your unique health and fitness goals
Calculate your calorie expenditure and create nutrition plan accordingly.
Set realistic goals, accurately monitor progress, and stay motivated
Make more educated decisions to improve your body composition
Focus on Whole Health is the need of the moment with Exercise and nutrition to boost the Immunity.
Not only can exercise and proper nutrition have a positive direct effect on the cells and molecules of the immune system, but it is also known to counter the negative effects of social distancing and its related stress on various aspects of immunity. Given the challenges of 2020, this process is also important to minimize the impact of the virus and to make a head start in the coming year for a healthier lifestyle.
Fat is very important part of our healthy being. It is not only a means of storing excess energy but also synthesis and secretes substances like hormones and inflammatory mediators striking the right energy balance. It also affects other body functioning conditions such as immunity and overall health.
It is healthy to have some body fat, but not all fat is good. So, the question is why is visceral fat something you should keep an eye on?
Visceral fat is that body fat which is stored within the abdominal cavity. It is near to several vital organs, including the liver, stomach, and intestines. It sometimes can also build up in the arteries. Belly fat can also be subcutaneous fat which is just stored just under the skin. Visceral fat is actually inside the abdominal cavity that can’t be seen easily and is the “active fat” which works from inside and disrupt the bodily functions.
Researches states that Lipotoxicity has roles in insulin resistance and pancreatic beta cell dysfunction. Increased circulating levels of lipids and the metabolic alterations in fatty acid utilization and intracellular signaling, have been related to insulin resistance in muscle and liver. According to Harvard University, visceral fat secretes cytokines, which play an essential role in the human body, but increased levels of cytokines due to excess visceral fat can be problematic.
Most importantly, excess visceral fat over a period of time increases risk for developing several serious long-term, life-threatening medical conditions like :
Type 2 diabetes
Fortunately, visceral fat is extremely receptive to exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes and is not something to be dreaded of. Monitoring and measuring the Visceral fat is essential in understanding the complexities associated with it. Just assessing the weight or height cannot divulge as to how much fat one has. Even the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is commonly used by physicians, and professionals around the world to determine if a person should be considered overweight or obese is not sufficient. It is just a rough guide as BMI cannot tell the difference between muscle mass and fat, their assessment and distribution.
A through body composition Check can give much more information about the risks associated with Visceral fat. From the Waist hip ratio to the Visceral Fat Area there are many parameters that can assimilate information on the estimated amount of fat surrounding internal organs in the abdomen. Apart from identifying the Fat content in the body it can also help in managing and understanding the corrective actions that can be taken Like a BMR, which can help in determining daily caloric needs, weight Control, Skeletal Muscle Mass or keeping a track of the same with the body composition history.
A healthy, active, low-stress lifestyle and keeping it assessed and monitored regularly can prevent visceral fat from building up in excess in the abdominal cavity.
A Comprehensive and Interpretative Marker for Medical Diagnosis; InBody
Assessment and screening play a key role in any Medical Diagnosis. Body composition analysis is essential in making healthier lifestyle choices for individuals.
Going beyond weight, InBody Body Composition Analyzers breaks down body into four major components: fat, lean body mass, minerals, and body water in an organized, easy-to-understand Results Sheet. This is one of the most powerful tools to guide, train, and care for patients /clients in ways that was never possible before. In Just 60 Seconds understand the composition of Human Body by non-invasive Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) technique.
To unlock the true potential of the InBody Results Sheet, one needs to become familiar and understand how it interprets the information, and even more importantly, what can be done with it.
It is packed with a wholesome gamut of information of a person’s health and fitness for which can be utilized in various Clinical Observations / Disciplines. This data can be easily stored and used further in researches and studies.
InBody’s segmental analysis with modern Direct Segmental Multifrequency BIA technology gives professionals the ease to tabulate an accurate and precise health assessment of their patients who are overweight or have risk factors associated with Metabolic / Lifestyle Disorders, Cardiovascular or Renal Disorders, or for Oncology related diseases etc. The data generated provides outputs such as Body Fat Percentage, Total Body Water, Skeletal Muscle Mass, Lean Mass, Visceral Fat Area / Levels, Inflammations, Sarcopenia and many more parameters which can disrupt the functioning of vital organs during an illness.
In less than 60 seconds, medical professionals receive the Results via the non-invasive way that can aid in:
Fluid monitoring and management strategies, evaluate segmental fluid imbalances to identify circulation issues – with Total Body Water &Extra cellular water Ratio
Effectively monitoring nutrition status and guide in nutritional interventions, and accurately tracking patient progress and predict surgical outcomes by assessing Skeletal Muscle Index and Phase Angle
Screen risk of Metabolic Disorders with Segmental Muscle analysis, Visceral fat, Weight control and many more specific parameters.
Monitor outcomes of interventions aimed to improve Insulin Sensitivity, glycemic control and prevent worsening of complications related to diabetes
Detect fluid imbalances resulting from Inflammation / Injury
Monitor changes to determine efficacy of treatments and further guide health recommendations to ensure long-term success
Monitor Body Composition History on every visit
The data can be used to assess fluctuations and fine tune the process of bringing patients to the appropriate status. It can determine where a patient is holding excess of fat, muscle, water or track fluid overload. This accurate, reproducible information doesn’t rely on empirical data and therefore, reflects the patient actual status.
These are just some of the many assessments that can help medical professional gain insight into the patient’s Body composition and understanding the severity of his condition in a Quick, Easy, Precise and non-invasive way within 60 seconds. These results can also be tracked or connected with the software and be accessible anytime and anywhere, thus making sure the technological advancements support the medical possibilities at every given point of time.
India is all set to beat China as the ‘Obesity Capital’ of the world.. and it’s getting worse. Driven by high-screen time, volume eating, all-study-no-play culture and infrastructure, Indian children are hitting obesity before they hit their teens.
“Indian children are already obese by the time they are 8-10 years…unless it is acutely handled it is going to be a big epidemic of obesity.” Says Dr.Bharat Agarwal a leading Pediatrician in Mumbai. When they grow up, these children are at very high risk of contracting hyper tension, diabetes, cancer, heart diseases etc.
Dr. Agarwal runs the Agarwal Children Hospital in Bandra. He monitors obesity, malnutrition and a number of maladies for more than 30,000 children and their families through an InBody J30. Dr. Agarwal explains how this early onset of obesity manifests further into very high risk of hyper-tension, diabetes, cancer, heart diseases etc. Which is why, he is working overtime to get families to monitor ‘fat and muscles’ instead of just ‘weight’.
Dr. Agarwal and his family has been using an InBody Body Composition Analyser at Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for the past 12 years. According to him, this has helped him stay ‘fighting-fit’. He has procured an InBody J30 – a specialised paediatric BCA machine – to strengthen his large practice. He monitors all visiting children and even their parents, and counsels them to adopt a healthy lifestyle based on their InBody results.
Often ignored and misunderstood as an area of relevance only to a sportsperson or a gym goer, muscle health of seven out of 10 Indians is poor, said a new study.
“As per the study, 71 per cent Indians suffer from poor muscle health and need to gain muscle mass. Poor muscle mass could lead to impaired muscle function, fatigue and poor metabolic health,” said the joint study conducted by InBody and Ipsos.
InBody is a leader in body composition analysis and Ipsos is a market research firm.
“Not many Indians know about its overall impact on health and wellness. Good muscle health is not only a key for an active lifestyle but also for carrying out our daily physical activities to maintain a healthy life,” said the study.
The study was conducted across eight cities — Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, lucknow, Patna and Hyderabad covering 1,243 people. The respondents were a mix of working and non-working individuals of 30 to 55 years.
lucknow had the highest percentage of males and females having poor muscle mass, with 82 per cent males and 80 per cent females. Delhi-NCR had a lower percentage of people with poor muscle mass, with 64 per cent of both males and females.
The study also analysed the body protein level and the trend was similar to that of the poor muscle mass levels.
“Nutrition and exercise have been shown to play a major role in improving muscle health. With reference to nutrition, one specific nutrient that plays a role in muscle health is protein. The present research acknowledges the importance of protein in daily diet and exercise to maintain good muscle health,” it said.
Further, it said adequate intake of dietary proteins is vital as it ensures provision of amino acids and stimulates protein synthesis. Dietary protein and specific amino acid ingestion largely raises muscle protein synthesis and inhibits protein breakdown.
Along with adequate protein intake, exercise also plays important role in stimulating muscle protein synthesis and good muscle health.
According to the study, the alarmingly large proportion of Indians suffering from poor muscle health is a matter of great concern and it is important to find out ways and means to address this issue.
“There is an urgent need to spread awareness about muscle health, role of adequate protein intake and exercise for a healthy life,” it added.