Why we don’t use BMI to track our patients’ progress.

According to Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) website on obesity –

“Patients who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for developing hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, congestive heart failure, respiratory problems, cancer (endometrial, breast, prostate and colon), gallbladder disease and osteoarthritis. Obesity has also been linked to patients experiencing menstrual irregularities, hirsutism, stress incontinence, and psychological disorders such as depression. “ We agree.

This is where we disagree, they say, “Practitioners should use the BMI to assess overweight and obesity. Body weight alone can be used to follow weight loss and to determine efficacy of therapy”. They add that it is impractical to use measures like Body Impedance Analysis routinely.

Heal n Cure’s INSPIRE patients undergo a Body Impedance Analysis(BIA), a true measure of body’s fat, muscle and water content. BIA is an integral part of our program, and the test and analysis done at no cost to the patient. INSPIRE patients love to track how their body composition is changing.

Secondly, the INSPIRE program is a two pronged approach to improve body composition, improve muscle mass, and reduce fat mass. This combined approach delivers better results, and again, tracking the BMI measure in such cases would be meaningless.

Here are the actual weekly Body Impedance Analysis tracking results for some patients, who were relieved from years of suffering from illnesses described above.

We have achieved these incredible clinical outcomes within a short period of time, partly because we use BIA and not BMI as we track the patient’s progress in the INSPIRE – Core Wellness program.