Nihon University School of Medicine and Kao Corporation (Health & Wellness Research Institute) have jointly developed a new method for measuring visceral fat in children without radiation exposure.

 Abdominal CT is the standard method for measuring visceral fat, but it cannot be performed frequently, especially in children, due to the problem of radiation exposure.In addition, the abdominal bioimpedance method, which is a highly safe method used in place of CT, applies a very weak electric current to the abdomen and measures the electrical resistance (bioimpedance) generated by the fat in the body. Although the fat area can be measured, it was not possible to apply it to children because the amount of water in the body differs between adults and children.

 While there is a need for a simple method to measure the visceral fat area of ​​children without radiation exposure or pain, this research team investigated a correction formula for applying the abdominal bioimpedance method to children.

 As a result, it was found that the visceral fat area of ​​children could be accurately measured even with the abdominal bioimpedance method by correcting the measured value with the correction formula created using the Passing-Bablok method.Usually, the visceral fat area measured by a visceral fat meter using the abdominal bioimpedance method is larger than the visceral fat area measured by abdominal CT. ) and "y = 9.600 + 0.3825x" (girls), they found that each measurement value has a good correlation.

 Compared to abdominal CT, measurement using a visceral fat scale has many advantages, such as being simpler, less radiation exposure, and possible in the examination room or at the bedside.Correction of the measured values ​​was found to be a useful method for evaluating visceral fat accumulation even in children, so this measurement method is expected to contribute to appropriate prevention of lifestyle-related diseases from childhood.

Paper information:[Journal of Clinical Medicine] Visceral Fat Area Measured by Abdominal Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in School-Aged Japanese Children

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