Active Aging

As life expectancy continues to increase, people are looking for new and innovative ways to age healthfully, extend longevity and increase quality of life. Monitoring body composition serves as an assessment tool to support optimal health, and living longer, better lives.

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Importance of Body Composition

Increasing muscle mass and cellular health, decreasing fat mass, and maintaining healthy water ratios are core parameters key to helping maintain a youthful appearance and energy levels. Protecting muscle mass during aging is critical for increased strength, decreased frailty, and better quality of life and physical functioning.

Alongside change, the ability to track these parameters is vital to maintaining patient motivation and commitment to treatments. seca’s mBCA provides the perfect tool to quickly, accurately, and comfortably give the patient and practitioner access to the data they need to stay on track and monitor progress throughout the treatment journey.

Selected Parameters for Active Aging

Skeletal Muscle Mass

Muscle mass declines as we age so visualizing levels in comparison to a reference group helps to establish baseline and monitor trends as patients work to preserve or increase muscle mass

Skeletal Muscle Mass Over Age

Protecting muscle mass as we age is important and showing the trajectory as we age can motivate patients to begin strength training

Segmental Skeletal Muscle Mass

Visualizing the muscle mass in each limb enables detection of muscular asymmetries, injuries, fractures, immobility, or more serious neuromuscular problems.

Fat Free Mass Index

FFMI refers to everything in the body which is not fat mass and is a suitable marker to diagnose loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) or malnutrition.

Appendicular SMM by DXA

ASMI indicates the DXA-validated lean soft tissue mass of the extremities and values below a certain threshold are defined for sarcopenia/malnutrition


Water is the largest body component and varies by gender and age, approximately 2/3 is intracellular and 1/3 is extracellular. Muscles are made up of more water than fat, so water levels will vary based on body composition.

Phase Angle

Phase Angle is a measure of cellular health, integrity and distribution of water within the cell, and decreases with age. A low Phase Angle is associated with decreased muscle and malnutrition.


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