Developing integrated teams (including metabolism testing) to current lifestyle programs may help to deliver real impact when it comes to managing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and PCOS.
This article from one of our valued practitioners featured in the recent Medical Forum Magazine for General practitioners has to the potential potential to change lifestyle management of metabolic health
- Managing obesity remains a challenge worldwide
- Objective measurements improve compliance and outcomes
- A team approach further assists.
Metabolic measurement can take the patient on a health journey. Indirect calorimetry, in similar ways to measuring blood pressure when managing hypertension, can be used to measure the effects of lifestyle interventions on a patient’s energy metabolism.
This technology is not yet commonly used in general practice, but its clinical potential has long been recognised. Daily caloric needs, fat utilisation and how efficiently energy is used are all measured. Coupled with pathology and body composition, it provides insight into how a patient’s metabolism affects their health. Thousands of tests confirm that patients with low levels of fat utilisation have trouble losing weight."
*Image courtesy of Medical Forum Magazine.