Tuesday, December 3, 2013
AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND - “Stepping Into Health” - a community program sponsored by the Catalina Island Medical Center has a new diagnostic tool to assist patients with gaining valuable information and avoiding potentially hazardous health challenges. The DEXA scannerwhich is used to measure bone density has been determined to be the most accurate and precise methods of measuring body fat. Why is that important? The body composition results gained from this new test can detect the levels and types of fats stored in the abdomen, waist, chest, upper arms, hips, and thighs. Two common body shapes --- “apple”and “pear” each have their own characteristics. “Apple” shaped men or women may have increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, some cancers and sleep apnea. The overweight “Pear” shaped patients are commonly plagued by mechanical problems like hip, knee and joint issues because of weight related stress on the lower half of the body.
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