Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) is a method of assessing your “body composition” - the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment.
Research has shown that body composition is directly related to health. A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health and longevity. Excess fat in relation to lean body mass, known as altered body composition, can greatly increase your risks to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, ad more. BIA fosters early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention. BIA provides a measurement of fluid and body mass that can be a critical assessment tool for your current state of health.
How Does BIA Work?
This is a non-invasive test that involves the simple placement of two electrodes on the patient's right hand and right foot (see picture below). A low level electrical current is sent through the body. The device measures how the signal passes though different types of tissue. This is a painless process and only takes about 5 minutes to complete.
For the most accurate results, please follow the guidelines below:
1. Do not use a sauna or exercise 8 hours prior to your appointment
2. Do not consume alcohol 8 hours prior
3. Hydrate as much as possible
4. Do not wear pantyhose
5. Do not apply lotion to your right foot or hand
6. Do not consume caffeine prior to your appointment