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Early 2017, an Italian study looked at a possible interdependency between a Mediterranean diet and the height of the phase angle. The Mediterranean diet has long been regarded as one of the healthiest nutritional diets. It is characterized by the use of fresh products rich in vitamins, nutrients and unsaturated fatty acids. Large amounts of fat, meat and sugar, on the other hand, are not part of this diet. Because of this, the Mediterranean diet appears to have an overall positive effect on life expectancy, by also preventing the development of many diseases of affluence, such as type II diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. The phase angle is a parameter, measured by the bioimpedance analysis (BIA) and acts as a represents the integrity of cell membranes. As it provides information on the body's health status, it can be used as a prognostic marker for a variety of diseases. Generally, a high phase angle is associated with a large quantity of intact cells in a good nutritiona
In past decades, overweight and obesity have become a global health issue, not only for the health care systems in first world countries. Obesity also increasingly affects countries with lower or middle income. In many places around the globe, overweight and obese people make up 50% of the adult population. In some countries like Mexico or the USA, it is even higher. The degree to which a person is overweight is generally described by body mass index (BMI). The BMI defines overweight as starting at 25 kg per m² and obe
The Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) is used for measuring a patient's body composition, it's an established method with many clinical uses primarily within the medical fields of nutrition, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Benefits also extend to cardiological, oncological and nephrological patients. In recent years scientific interest has increased focus on the use of BIA in intensive care. Here it is used to control the hydration and nutritional status of critical patients. One of the key challenges faced by critically
According to the calendar, the solstice on June 21 officially marks the beginning of Summer - and with it comes the season of outdoor barbecues. Few activities are as strongly associated with Summer as the act of outdoor grilling with friends and family. With the use of an open fire, food has a unique taste that has a great appeal to many. This experienced taste is based on a non-enzymatic browning reaction known as the Maillard reaction. When heated, amino acids and reducing sugars (such as glucose or f
Extremely thin models and actresses in the fashion and entertainment industry are largely shaping our current ideas of beauty. Yet at the same time, the public is becoming more aware of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, with demand increasing for more effective measures to fight these diseases. As a whole, anorexia nervosa and bulimia are relatively rare diseases in society. Of those affected, 90% of them are women, establishing that particularly girls and women are especially vulner
Summer is approaching fast, and with it comes holidays! While those New Year’s resolutions might already be forgotten for many people, the start of beach season always renews the desire to lose weight. But not for medical reasons - most people want a slim figure and fast results. Magazines and online articles are filled with new diets and exercise regimes, with all of them promising visible results in just a few weeks. But in order to lose weight (regardless of the differing dietary philosophies), the energy burned in the body must exceed the energy consumed. One kilo of body fat corresponds to 7,000 kilocalories, which need to be saved. Still, losing weight should be taken seriously, since not all methods are equivalent in their efficiency. It's advisable to consult your GP first before starting a diet, or while on one. Our seca mBCA is a device, with which doctors can now measure the exact body composition of their patients to better evaluate their weight loss. Any physical changes are thus made visible at an early stage and can increase a patient's motivation and long-term success. Diets that rely on rapid weight loss are based on a massive reduction in calorie intake. Frequent
For oncological patients, their nutritional condition and their body composition are the most important parameters used in their treatment. Recent studies over the past few years have focused intensely on these parameters and their influence on the risk of cancer, cancer prognosis and its treatment. Generally, obesity is considered to be an important risk factor in the development of a large number of tumors - but it's the type of fat distribution that seems to be related to the development of cancer. Wh
In recent years, the number of reported diabetes mellitus cases has been steadily rising. But this worldwide development is not an adults-only problem: more and more, children and adolescents are becoming affected as well. Studies have shown that in young patients, this increase involves both of the main types of diabetes. Currently, type 1 diabetes accounts for the majority of diabetes in children and adolescents, and generally occurs before the age of 16, while type 2 is a relatively new pediatric condition. Original
Since the end of the 19th century, scales have been part of the medical routine in hospitals and doctors' offices. Early on, seca pioneered the development of medical measuring and weighing systems and are now the global market leader. However, mode
The famous running track of 26.219 miles has an almost magical appeal for many ambitious runners. Often regarded as a the ultimate milestone, tens of thousands of amateurs and professionals will gather around the globe to undertake this physical and