5 values the doctors of the future will be testing for…

that you may not realize provide optimal insight into a patient’s risk for developing a chronic disease.

 

1) VO2max

  • VO2max is the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize at once and is directly correlated to their aerobic capacity
  • The ability to use high amounts of oxygen for physical activity is associated with a healthy heart and blood vessels, and is highly correlated with a longer lifespan
  • In fact, every 3.5ml/kg/min increase in an individuals VO2max is associated with a 13% decrease in all-cause mortality and 15% decrease in cardiovascular disease
  • A common VO2max for an elite athlete would be over 60ml/kg/min, whereas an individual with a VO2max below 20ml/kg/min would have significant trouble living independently without assistance
  • It’s safe to say that VO2max should be a standard known value in healthcare similar to blood pressure or cholesterol values
  • Unfortunately, VO2max is currently obtained through invasive and costly testing…until now! Our non-exercise estimation of VO2max is the first of its kind and allows you to educate your patients on such a key value for long-lasting health

2) Physical Activity Level (PAL)

  • An individual’s PAL is a ratio of how much energy they spend being active versus at rest. PAL is a great way to compare how active an individual is compared to the Center for Disease Control recommendations
  • PAL is a quantifiable way to measure if your patients live a sedentary lifestyle which increases their mortality risk by 24 – 49%
  • It can be difficult to quantify how much activity an individual does. The current recommendations for physical activity to not be sedentary are 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week, but general recommendations often time don’t work for everyone
  • The HealthSnap Report™ provides each patient with their specific PAL and compares it to their sedentary PAL and optimal PAL for reduction in chronic disease risk

3) Waist-to-Height Ratio

  • Waist-to-height ratio is becoming an increasingly more popular and established way to assess cardio-metabolic disease risk
  • Waist-to-height ratio is highly correlated with visceral fat, and provides context on where an individual is storing fat
  • Studies now show that waist-to-height ratio is better than both waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) at predicting cardio-metabolic risk
  • The magic number for a healthy waist-to-height ratio is below 0.5 or 50% – in other words, make sure your waist is less than 50% of your height. A waist-to-height ratio above 50% puts you at a much greater risk for cardio-metabolic disease
  • The HealthSnap Report™ is the first to utilize waist-to-height ratio on a widespread scale to provide a quick and non-invasive indicator of visceral fat accumulation and cardio-metabolic disease risk

4) Body Fat/Fat Patterning

  • A widely used way to categorize an individual as obese is by measuring Body Mass Index (BMI), however recent research has shown there are alternate and superior ways to categorize individuals
  • BMI simply takes weight and height into account, while neglecting to account for lean body mass. Therefore, high amounts of muscle-mass may mistakenly classify an individual as “obese” according to the BMI
  • For example, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at 6’6” and 260lbs would be categorized as obese according to BMI, which I’m sure would make Dwayne quite upset
  • A more accurate indicator for determining obesity is body fat % and more importantly, fat patterning. These indicators identify how much body fat someone is storing and where the fat is being stored.
  • A high amount of fat stored around your abdomen increases the risk for chronic disease much more than fat stored around the hips and thighs, which is actually not associated with increased risk for disease.
  • The HealthSnap Report™ will indicate total body fat and show what category you fall into, as well as make you aware of where you store your fat and assess your risk for developing a chronic disease

5) Rate Pressure Product (RPP)

  • Rate Pressure Product (also known as Double Product) is a marker of myocardial oxygen demand – a powerful indicator of how much stress your heart is under while at rest
  • A RPP >11,000 indicates that a patient’s heart may be under stress and put them at risk for developing a heart attack or stroke
  • The HealthSnap Report™ is the first to introduce Rate Pressure Product to the general public to make them aware of their risk for a cardiovascular event

 

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