In the Lab with Eric Martinez: How a Dexa Scan can Optimize your Health

Fat in the body can be divided into several categories, such as subcutaneous and visceral fat. It can also be broken down into another subset of white, brown, and beige fat.

As a consumer, the priority is to understand where the different categories of fat are located and how it plays a huge role in the longevity of someone’s health. 

Visceral fat is the main cause of several health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, coronal arterial disease, cardiovascular disease, and other complications such as sleep apnea. 

Visceral fat is located underneath the abdominal wall and around the organ. It’s meant to be a protective layer against physical trauma and can also be used as a backup energy source and heat insulation for our organs. 

The following list can cause us to develop Visceral Fat:

  • Extreme caloric deficits
  • High levels of alcohol intake
  • Stress
  • Hormone imbalances 
  • High fatty acid diet 

Any individual with over 500 grams of visceral fat is considered “at-risk” and needs to be taken care of immediately. The only way to know how much visceral fat someone has is to perform a Dexa scan (the gold standard of body composition). The Dexa scan is the most powerful on the U.S. East Coast; it has over 700 sensors and less than a 1% margin of error. The scan reads an individual’s total body fat and visceral fat percentage, total lean mass (muscle), bone density, and limb comparison.   

If you’ve never had one performed, we highly recommend conducting one to optimize your overall health and fitness. If you’d like to schedule your Dexa scan with us, you can give us a call at 786-591-7586 or email us at  

Until next time,

Eric Martinez, Co-Founder and Clinical Performance Specialist

Infinity Sports Institute

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