San Antonio Doctor foresees American Medical Association revelation

American Medical Association says use of BMI metric on its own has done "historical harm", emphasizing biased measuring for people of color
By: New Me Health Center
New Me Health Center, Shavano Park, TX
New Me Health Center, Shavano Park, TX
SAN ANTONIO - June 19, 2023 - PRLog -- Adding state of the art body-imaging scanner to concierge health and wellness programs reversing prediabetes and diabetes.

What's going on:

The body mass index (BMI) metric has caused "historical harm," including racist exclusion, according to a new report by the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health.

Why it matters:

Doctors have long relied on BMI to measure obesity, but it is an imperfect measurement that does not directly assess body fat, the nation's largest medical association said this week.

Why San Antonio should care:
  • Cutoffs for BMI, which range from underweight to obese, were created based on data collected from non-Hispanic white populations and do not take into account gender or ethnicity, according to the report.
  • Body fat "does not account for differences across race/ethnic groups, sexes, genders, and age-span," the AMA said.

New Me Health Center is ahead of the news - they've added state-of-the-art 3D Body Composition Scanner, STYKU to their personalized programs treating obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes.  The STYKU scanner adheres to each variable the AMA recommended in their June 2023 press announcement including measuring body composition, waist circumference, and a differentiation of lean body mass and body fat mass.

Dr. Katipally, founder of New Me Health Center, has built programs to treat prediabetic and diabetic patients as well as patients suffering from "obesity."  He agrees that the BMI metrics was never enough to determine a patient's predisposition for health issues specifically caused by obesity because "[the index] often placed people with excess muscle in the same category of obese as people with excessive body fat simply because of their weight and not their overall health."

The STYKU system allows "Dr. K" to not only make fast precise measurements of a patient's body mass, i.e., the exact composition of fat, but also helps align predispositions for illness by measuring body fat location.  The American Medical Association (AMA) cites the high importance of this measurement in treating prediabetic and diabetic patients accurately.  The non-invasive scan takes less than 1-minute to complete.


About New Me Health Center

New Me Health is San Antonio's first-of-a-kind comprehensive Lifestyle Medicine Center designed for patients with pre-diabetes and diabetes who are looking for a program dedicated to helping them address the root cause of their condition through evidence-based nutrition, physical exercise, and other lifestyle changes. By implementing these lifestyle changes, New Me Health helps patients to improve their blood sugars and HbA1c, minimize their need for medications and prevent future health complications.

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