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Can Fever Affect BIA?

- Fever is a very common symptom and usually supports the recovery process in case of infections. It has a far-reaching effect on the body's functions and can affect the validity of the Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) through changes in the water balance and bioelectric properties.


How high blood pressure affects the kidneys

- Hardly any other organ performs such a wide range of tasks as the kidney. In addition to urine production and excretion of foreign substances and metabolic products, the kidney also controls the water and electrolyte balance, produces hormones and regulates blood pressure.


Aspartame, saccharin and the alike – which sweetener causes weight gain?

- With the development of practically calorie-free sweeteners came the promise of a cure for the problem of consuming sweet foods without negative effects on health. At the same time, they were seen as a means of combating the advancing epidemic of obesity and diabetes. Now, however, there are many indications that they are not keeping their promise and may even have opposite effects. The choice of sweetener could be the most important factor.


How much muscle mass can be built up in a month?

- Bicep curls, pull-ups and exercises on various fitness machines all have one thing in common – they build muscle mass. There are more than enough reasons to go to the gym. A well-trained body not only looks good, it also aids health and performance in all phases of life. For some, building up muscle mass does not happen quickly enough, so the question often arises as to what expectations are realistic.


How do blood pressure monitors really work?

- Blood pressure monitors are common on both hospital wards and in outpatient areas. They are in use every day, yet many people still do not know the technique behind them. It is high time that we learn how these blood pressure measuring devices actually work.


Need a shock? What is EMS training?

- In today’s hectic and chaotic world, physical exercise should be, first and foremost, efficient. This is why an ever-increasing number of fitness centres and personal trainers are offering 20-30-minute workouts that are supposed to show results after just a few weeks. These quick results are achieved by using electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) or electrical muscle activation (EMA).


How to counteract the yo-yo effect

- The yo-yo effect is one of the biggest fears of people who wish to lose excess weight. Those few pounds that have disappeared as a result of strict diets and dedicated workouts soon seem worthless when the scales reveal the old weight again after a short amount of time – or often even more than before. How do some people manage to maintain their weight after a diet whilst others seem to be caught in a vicious circle of constant losses and gains?


Medical Vital Sign Analyzer – enhanced quality health checks

- An ever-increasing number of people across the globe are suffering from conditions associated with high blood pressure and excess weight. To combat this trend, education and prevention play a central role alongside basic medical care. Indeed, for many patients, their GP is the first port of call when they have questions concerning their health, as they have had a hand in their treatment for many years.


The benefits of scales to fight excess holiday pounds

- Research shows that people around the world eat more during the holiday season and put on weight as a result. At the same time, they often find it difficult to lose this extra weight. Even if the weight gained often only amounts to a few extra pounds, it can accumulate over the years and lead to manifest weight problems. Consequently, there is a wealth of advice from various sources on how to prevent weight-gain over the holidays. Researchers from the University of Georgia recently showed that simply stepping onto the scales can help.


What has an effect on birthweight?

- The weight of a baby at birth is an important indicator of childhood health. Even if deviations from the norm can be purely coincidental, they may, in many instances, point towards an unhealthy lifestyle, a lack of nutrition or malnutrition, or even pathological changes between mother and child.  


Living in rural areas no longer guarantees a slimmer figure

- Up until a few years ago, excess weight and obesity was largely seen as a problem associated with towns and cities. However, a recent study shows that the obesity epidemic now affects people living in rural areas, and even tends to be more pronounced there than in urban districts.


What does the calorie count mean for burgers?

- Eating the wrong food is one of the main reasons leading to excess weight. To combat this, many countries have the nutritional and energy value declared on the packaging. Many fast food chains, too, now label their products with nutritional tables. Nevertheless, this seems to play a minor role in the decision whether or not to purchase the item.


How much truth is there to the obesity paradox?

- The obesity paradox has been hotly debated since the turn of the millennium. The argument behind this frequently observed phenomenon is that excess weight can have a protective effect in relation to certain conditions and even increase life expectancy. But do these observations really stand up to critical analysis?


How sleep affects body composition

- Sleep is essential for keeping the body healthy. A lack of sleep not only contributes to the development of physical and mental illnesses, but may also result in putting on weight and can influence body composition.


Does belly fat lead to dementia?

- The term “dementia” refers to a much-feared condition that results in the loss of intellectual capacity and, as a consequence, the disappearance of emotional and social faculties.   Not enough is known about the causes of many types of dementia, including what is by far the most common form – Alzheimer’s disease. Based on our current understanding, the risk factors include age, genetic disposition, high blood pressure, diabetes and excess weight.


Every spare calorie counts

- Many people want to lose weight. Their motivation in this respect may be different, but the basic recipe for successful weight loss is the same. As soon as the calorie intake falls below the daily requirement, the body is forced to call upon its energy reserves. The best way to achieve this is by exercising regularly and cutting down on calories, but there are other strategies that can increase the chances of success.


Low muscle mass increases the risk of diabetes

- With more than 400 million sufferers worldwide, type 2 diabetes mellitus is one of the most common and most serious metabolic diseases. Predominantly caused by lifestyle factors such as a lack of exercise, overeating or malnutrition, the disease can be most easily prevented by losing weight and by undertaking regular exercise. As the latest research findings show, muscle mass seems to be a factor.


How sport makes us younger

- Many products and treatments are advertised with the questionable promise of slowing down ageing and maintaining youthfulness. And yet there has long been a medical way to ensure lasting health and activeness into old age. It is free of side effects, inexpensive and probably much more effective than all other means: exercise.


When does my child have a weight issue?

- Children and adolescents have not been spared from the global obesity epidemic. Not only is their weight increasing, but parents often find it difficult to assess the state of their children’s nutrition correctly. Studies have shown that about half of the parents still consider their children with excess weight or obesity to be of normal weight.


Apgar Score – Safety Check at the Beginning of Life

- The first few minutes after birth are some of the most dangerous in a person’s entire life. Consequently, the Apgar score quickly summarizes any potential risks during this vulnerable stage and, most importantly, recognizes any critical lack of oxygen or asphyxia in a newborn child.


Clothes make the doctor

- To this day, doctors are still considered demigods in white in many places. Aside from the stethoscope, the white coat is their most important distinguishing feature. However, hygiene concerns mean that it is increasingly being banished from everyday hospital life. Will more doctors wear a suit or t-shirt on the ward in future? And what do patients think of this?


Musculature - the key to healthy aging

- Changes in the musculoskeletal system occur during the aging process that affect muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments and result in a decrease in motor skills. The loss of skeletal muscle mass leads to an impairment of physical functionality and quality of life. This degenerative age-related degradation of skeletal muscle mass is also known as sarcopenia and affects between 10% and 40% of people over the age of 60, depending on the definition used.


Exercise during pregnancy: prevention of obesity in the unborn child

- It is unclear to many women whether they can exercise during pregnancy without taking unnecessary risks for themselves and their unborn child.   A recent study by Washington State University suggests that exercise during pregnancy is not only good for the mother, it can also safeguard against obesity developing in the baby after birth.


What everyone needs to know about the muscular system

- “Muscle” stems from the Latin word musculus which translates as “tiny mouse” and alludes to the similarity of how a contracting muscle looks like a tiny mouse moving under the skin. A person would be unable to move or even stand up straight if they didn’t have any muscles. The heart would not be able to beat and the digestive tract could not do its job.


Coffee – help in the battle against surplus kilos?

- Coffee is highly prized for its stimulating effect on increasing the metabolic rate, and is an integral part of many people’s daily diet. Recent studies now reveal that caffeine raises the consumption of energy in the human body.


Caution with obesity in the summer heat

- Temperatures are hitting record highs all around the world, which not only put a strain on the body but can be life-threatening too. Every year, thousands of people lose their lives during heatwaves. Very young people, older people and those with chronic illnesses are particularly at risk. There is, however, another factor that has a major impact on heat intolerance – obesity.


Why salt makes us hungry

- As far as nutrition goes, salt does not fare very well. Consuming excess amounts of salt is associated first and foremost with the development of arterial hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. In spite of these fears, the daily salt intake of 5 grams recommended by WHO is exceeded by many people. Two simulated space missions (2009 and 2011) provided a surprising insight into how the body deals with high doses of salt.


Water – the key component in our body

- Water does not only fulfil life-critical functions, it is by far the most frequent link within the human body. Depending on age, gender and physical condition, body weight is made up of roughly 55% to 65% of total body water (TBW). This can then be subdivided into intracellular and extracellular water. Intracellular water (ICW) is the main component of the cell interior or cytoplasm and accounts for around 60% of TBW. The rest of the water fraction comprises extracellular water (ECW). As the basis of all bodily fluids, it is found as intravascular water in the blood and lymphatic vessels. and as interstitial water in intercellular spaces.


Obesity – if only the scalpel could help

- While most people can lose excess weight through dietary changes and exercise, for some it can be an almost impossible task. This is especially true for people with severe obesity and a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40kg/m². When the usual weight reduction methods have reached their limits, bariatric surgery is often the only way out.


Should I skip breakfast or not?

- International nutritional associations continue to stress the importance of a balanced breakfast. However, for many people, the “most important meal of the day“ has not been so important for some time. An estimated third of people in industrialised nations even misses out on breakfast altogether. Particularly in the light of the continually growing obesity epidemic, there are discussions around whether regular breakfast promotes weight gain or works against it.


Surgeons Are Better Golfers

- After work doctors often swap their stethoscopes for irons and drivers, and relax between the fairway and the green of the golf course. Researchers from the University of Boston have tried to find out whether, and to what extent, there is any truth to this cliché.


Exercise is medicinal for body and mind

- All over the world, millions of people go to the gym on a regular basis, seeking a slimline figure and a toned physique. But the focus is no longer on appearance alone, but on health too. The fitness sector is undergoing a sea change, with exercise increasingly being used for preventive and therapeutic purposes in gyms.


The different fat tissues and their properties: an overview

- Not all fat tissues are the same, they in their construction and function. When talking about body fat, this usually relates to the so-called white fat tissue. As storage fat, it provides insulation and builds up the body’s energy stores, while as construction fat it provides cushioning and stability.


Easter – The beginning of the end for exercise routines

- Regular exercise training is one of the most important foundations for achieving long-term health and fitness goals. Ideally, exercise should become part of your daily routine. Accordingly, 90% of people who regularly exercise state that they always exercise in fixed places or at fixed times, however, one of the dangers of established exercise habits is holidays. They can divert you from your daily routine and even have a negative effect on your attitude and motivation.


Fat healthy, slim sick?!

- Arterial hypertonia, type 2 diabetes and fat metabolism disturbances – all of these illnesses are encouraged by excess weight and obesity. Excess weight is therefore amongst the most important health risk factors. By contrast, normal weight is considered as preventive and health-promoting. Although, this simple correlation does not apply if metabolic health is considered.


Extra pounds cost extra years of healthy living

- Being overweight or obese represents a serious health risk, and in many countries has replaced smoking as the most common preventable cause of death. Excessive bodyweight contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes, heart and circulatory diseases and encourages the growth of certain types of tumours, contributing to a shorter life expectancy. Investigations have shown that even people who are a little overweight will lose years off their life, compared to people of normal weight. The impact increases with the growth of excess weight and, for seriously obese people, can even lead to a life expectancy that is cut ten years shorter. However, it is not just a person’s lifespan that is...


What is the Basal Metabolic Rate?

- The human body relies on regular energy intake. Without it, no cell would be able to carry out its function for long. Compounds containing energy, such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins, are provided via food and then digested by the body. Therefore, the energy released allows the body to work and maintains basic functions like circulation, breathing, digestion and a constant body temperature. The energy required during physical and mental rest is also known as resting metabolism. This, however, leaves a wide scope for interpretation, so for better comparability the basal metabolic rate is defined. This is the resting metabolism under standardised conditions. This measurement is made in...


Lose Weight Successfully - is Exercise Overrated?

- Along with a variety of nutritional programmes and diets, exercise is primarily regarded as the wonder-weapon against excess weight. Energy is not only used up during exercise itself, but also afterwards through the “after-burner" effect. Additionally, regular physical activity promotes muscle growth and thus increases the basal metabolic rate, which facilitates further weight loss or the maintenance of weight.


Fat as a child, fat as an adult?

- According to estimations of the WHO (World Health Organisation) around 400 million children and adolescents were affected by being overweight or obese in 2016. In many countries, it is also the case that the growth in people affected is faster amongst children than it is for adults.


When the internal clock gets out of sync

- The human body follows the beat of biological rhythms – primarily the Circadian rhythm. With a period of about 24hours, it influences the bodily functions including the sleep-wakening rhythm, intake of nutrients and daily fluctuations in body temperature, heart-rate, blood pressure and hormone production. Research into the Circadian rhythm even earned an American research team the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2017.


Cholesterol - am I allowed to eat eggs and if so, how many?

- Undoubtedly, cholesterol has a poor reputation and has become the topic of a decades-old debate. It is suspected that cholesterol increases the likelihood of arteriosclerosis and facilitates heart attacks and strokes. Because of this, it has long been classified as dangerous and cholesterol-containing foods such as eggs, meat and butter have been demonized.


Weight Control = Cancer Prevention

- Despite tremendous advances in cancer treatment, millions of people are still diagnosed and die from cancer each year worldwide. Tumors are the main cause of cancer-related deaths in industrial nations. However, it is estimated that about half of cancer cases could be preventable through a healthy lifestyle. A decisive factor in this context is to avoid nicotine, engage in regular exercise and maintain balanced nutrition. Over the last years, another independent risk factor for the development of cancer has became apparent: obesity.


Why do we gain more weight during the weekend?

- Most people’s lives are shaped by an everyday routine from Monday to Friday. They leave the house in the morning, spend most of the day at work, university or school and return home in the late afternoon or evening.


Intestinal flora - more than just digestion

- Billions of bacteria and microorganisms populate the human body. Their amount exceeds that of the body cells in the intestine by tenfold, while the intestinal bacteria on their own account for around 1.5 kg of a person’s body weight.


Bioimpedance analysis – it’s all about the algorithms!

- Bioimpedance analysis (BIA) is a method to determine a person’s body composition, for which the fields of medicine, fitness and nutrition have utilized more progressively lately. As it is an indirect method, it fundamentally depends on the applied mathematical equations used to calculate the body composition, taken from measurement parameters. The development and validation of these equations is a complex and time-consuming process, but it ultimately determines the accuracy of a BIA device.


DXA - a suitable validation method for BIA devices?

- Bioimpedance analysis (BIA) is an established method for determining a person’s body composition. The analysis measures meaningful conclusions about the general, nutritional and hydration state, which can directly influence the treatment of many diseases. Since the BIA is an indirect process, the accuracy of a device's measurement is based on the right algorithms and reference methods, which are used to validate it.


Blind for kilos - when we normalize being overweight

- Being overweight or even obese has become a global health issue, one which is spreading rapidly, affecting large parts of the population in many places around the world. Along with this development, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to recognize excess weight and give it the necessary attention.


Lifestyle Changes - Realistic Objectives, Long-term Success

- For many people, the turn of the year is an opportunity for personal change. The last days of the year, in particular, often encourage self-examination and the preparation of new plans. A healthier lifestyle is always at the top of the list when it comes to New Year's resolutions. Most people want to lose weight, do more sport, eat more healthily or finally stop smoking. While these plans start off as enthusiastic at the beginning, they can quickly be discarded again. Only few people succeed in following their intentions for more than several weeks. But why do we often lose motivation so fast and fall again into old habits?


Young doctors want better working conditions

- Since the turn of the millennium, representatives of Generation Y (also known as millennials) have revolutionised working life in many areas. Unlike their parents, they are driven less by money and status and more by leisure and self-realisation. They have already influenced large parts of the service sector with their demand for a healthy work-life balance. This influence is now also slowly reaching the health service.


Extreme Santa Claus - millions of home visits, billions of calories

- Every year, a somewhat outdated man with a white beard and red robe leaves his home in the Arctic and accomplishes impossible things. Between the sunset of Christmas Eve and the first rays of sun on Christmas morning, he flies all over the world in a sleigh pulled by reindeer and gives presents to all the children who believe in him.


Christmas - A global calorie feast

- In just a few days, the Christmas table will be covered again with all sorts of amazing dishes and in a short time thousands of kilocalories will be consumed. Even while people feast across the world, there are clear differences in the eating habits of individual countries. In many cases this raises the question of how many kilocalories people actually consume during the holidays and how they can survive without a higher weight gain.


“Many overweight persons fail at losing weight because they lack knowledge.”

- There are several reasons why our attempts at losing weight may fail. 44% of all those who are affected by obesity (those above a BMI of 30) attribute their failing to a lack of stamina, while 42% attribute it to frustration when a success does not show quickly enough, and 28% lack confidence that they’ll succeed in the first place. To help more obese people reach their goals, a better education and a deeper understanding of your own body is needed. Dr. Heike Niemeier, oecotrophologist and nutritionist, helps patients by measuring and analysing their body composition with the seca mBCA. This method clarifies where the excess weight comes from and what exactly needs to be done to reduce it....


"The quantification of fat mass is crucial."

- When treating obesity professionally, using clinical standards, we need more accurate values than just an indication of weight. How useful is the body composition analysis for both therapy control and patient motivation, using the seca mBCA? Professor Dr. med. Yurdagül Zopf, nutritionist, knows the answer.


"The change in body composition reveals customer success very early."

- Anyone who understands the causes of obesity also understands that we cannot lose weight as fast as certain unrealistic dietary guidelines might promise. Knowing the reasons behind obesity increases a person’s willingness to stick to long-term exercise and dietary plans, while simultaneously improving their eating habits. The seca mBCA offers further support to lose weight by visualising the changes in fat and muscle mass in the body, among other things. This concrete visualisation helps almost every other obese person (37% *) to stay committed. For Stefanie Wirtz, specialist coordinator in the Adiposity Center Lüneburg, measurements with the seca mBCA are therefore part of successful...


"Knowing my inner values helps me find my way through the weight loss jungle."

- It might sound counterproductive, but using the scales while trying to lose weight can be detrimental. 51% * of those affected by obesity feel demotivated if the scales do not display a lower number after they have suffered through their first weeks of restrictions, putting in effort and physical exertion. Together with their motivation, their the willingness to exercise and to alter their diet may disappear too, causing them to become one of 85% of * those whose weight loss attempts fail in the long term. Better than checking the scales, again, is to directly analyze our body composition which immediately determines any changes in body fat, muscle mass, and body water.


Holidays for your heart!

- In today's performance-driven world, people are working longer hours as their work continues to be a priority over their recreational and leisure time - but exhaustion and work stress have been shown to negatively affect physical and mental health.


Big countries, yet little exercise

- There is no doubt about the positive effect exercise has on the body. Regular physical activity not only prevents obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease, but it is also protects us from developing various types of tumors and dementias, as well as mental illnesses. It also increases physical and mental performance and can positively influence the course of an already developed disease.   The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a weekly minimum of 150 minutes of exercise or 75 minutes of intensive endurance training for adults. However, to enjoy additional health benefits, the times given should be doubled. In addition, exercises should be performed to strengthen...


How much sleep is healthy for you?

- Sufficient sleep is essential for good health. And yet, our modern lifestyles are causing us to sleep poorly, and far too little. Chronic sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are suspected to facilitate the development of obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease, thus increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Therefore, according to current recommendations, adults should sleep for seven to nine hours a day. At the same time, the question arises as to whether longer sleep is automatically healthier.


High blood pressure in children – the risk of excess weight

- Excess weight, a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking – all these factors contribute to the development of arterial hypertension. While this was once considered a disease of middle and old age, new studies indicate that children and adolescents may also be increasingly affected.


More time for midwives

- The profession of the midwife is one of the oldest in the world. Despite its age-old and volatile history, even today it is still widely underestimated and misunderstood. Worldwide, midwives not only help women to give birth, but also play an important role in the health of mothers and their children.


Exercising - an ally against dementia

- The first signs of dementia can be increased forgetfulness, repetition of the same questions or even confusing the time or day. Especially in its early stages, the symptoms are subtle and often interpreted as normal signs of aging, by those affected and their loved ones.   But dementia is on the rise, with approximately 48 million people affected worldwide. Dementia develops as we age and is characterized by a progressive loss of mental faculties. While less than two percent of people over the age of 60 are affected by it, the percentage rises to between 30% and almost 50% for people over the age of 90. Due to our increasing life expectancy, the number of people suffering from dementia has...


Anti-aging medicine: aging in a healthy way

- Since the beginning of time, mankind has dreamt of influencing the aging process and counteracting the progressive physical decline of humans. Thanks to growing insights and initial experimental success, this dream could soon be within reach.


The traffic light rating of food - a remedy for obesity?

- Many people are unaware of how unhealthy their regular groceries can be. Unbeknownst to them, they consume tons of sugar, salt and fat, which are hidden as cheap flavor enhancers in many industrially processed products.


Beach body at the last-minute?

- For many people, the Summer holidays are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times of the year. But for others, thoughts of swimming in a pool, at the beach or the lake cause them discomfort and can even dull their anticipation. Unsurprisingly, there are countless ads offering miracle diets and last minute training programs to lose weight quickly. But to what extent can these promises be trusted?


Heat Wave – Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

- Currently, large areas around the earth are being affected by an unexpected heat wave. While the temperatures and hours of daily sunshine have reached record levels in many places, having a cold drink is always a welcome refreshment, at least in the short term.


Highly-skilled diagnostic tools for peak athletic performance

- Every four years, countries around the world fill their shops with items in their national colors, thousands of people stream into stadiums and millions gather in front of their televisions - hardly any other sports event ignites as much enthusiasm as the World Cup.


Taking medicine is fine, but hands off my lifestyle!

- Be it diabetes mellitus type 2, arterial hypertension or cardiovascular diseases – these so-called civilization diseases are on the rise all around the world. Despite a variety of possible causes, above all, it is our sedentary lifestyles that contribute to their development.


seca meets Cerner – cross-linked into the future!

- Today's world is digital, cross-linked and smart. Computers, mobile phones and tablets are reaching all corners of the earth and have revolutionized many areas of life. Information is available almost everywhere and at any time, global communication is part of everyday life, and once unimaginable amounts of data are processed within seconds and stored locally within the cloud. Few developments have changed human civilization as profoundly as computers and the Internet.  


Overweight – a risk during pregnancy

- In many regions of the world, the number of overweight people in relation to the total population keeps steadily increasing. This is a development which also affects women of childbearing age, as excessive weight is associated with a variety of health risks for both mothers and their unborn children. Already, a body mass index (BMI) of 26 kg/m2 can delay the onset of pregnancy. This is due to hormonal changes that affect the cycle and other body functions.


Can food be a drug?

- Worldwide obesity is on the rise. Although its negative influence on our health has already been proven many times, the number of people affected by obesity is steadily increasing. Why do people gain weight and why is it so difficult for many of us to lose the excess weight? Neuroscientists and psychologists have investigated this very question while looking for the causes of obesity. They examined the influence of high-calorie, high-sugar and high-fat diets on the brain, as well as their influence on behavior, and compared them with other drugs.


Dieting in old age: how to eat right and live better

- Throughout our entire lives, our diet directly affects our health. For our bodies to function properly, our diets need to be balanced and based on our needs; rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. With advanced age, the risk of malnutrition increases due to a combination of different factors. Malnutrition can occur in two forms: the quantitative form and the qualitative form, in which either the amount of energy supplied or the composition of the foods are inadequate. Consequently, the risk of obesity or malnutrition rises.   Strong differences in nutritional status can have serious health consequences, as such differences lower our performance while also increasing the risk of...


Unwanted weight loss - when is it cancerous?

- Unexplained fever, heavy night sweats and unwanted weight loss are summarized as B symptoms and occur in a variety of malignant and infectious diseases. This symptom triad is often found in advanced tumor diseases and is considered to be prognostically unfavorable. The cause is the high energy requirements of dividing tumor cells and the chemical agents released by them.


Does the Keto diet really work?

- A lot of people highly value a slim waist and a healthy diet. For this reason, new food trends and alternative diets are becoming more and more popular. As soon as Spring starts, the media releases numerous articles about new "Superfoods" and "miracle diets" - always promising easy and long-lasting weight loss, as well as positive side effects for our health. Yet the example of the popular "Atkins diet" from a few years ago reminds us that dietary trends should always be scrutinized.


Patients expect medicine 2.0

- The concept of digitization has become indispensable in today's world. At the end of the 20th century, a process based on technological advances and increasing digitization accelerated and fundamentally changed many aspects of life. In the style of the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries and the associated economic, political and social changes, digitization is already being referred to as the "digital revolution". Above all, the Internet is the engine and hub of this change. Along with other technologies, it has had a major impact on communication, work processes, and social and consumer behavior.


Smart Hospital – a rocky road ahead?

- Away with our analogue past - the future speaks digital. In many areas, this vision is already a reality. The digital revolution initiated a process that profoundly changed our daily lives.F And finally, after years of reluctance and rejection, the paradigms have started to shift within the healthcare industry. While in the past, the use of computer systems was often considered uncomfortable and time-consuming, today digitization is considered an opportunity and a viable approach. While many industries embraced a digital transformation years ago, in many places modern medicine is still at the beginning of its digital path. So-called "Smart" or "Intelligent Hospitals" are slowly emerging...


A gluten-free diet: is it healthy or harmful?

- A crossed-out head of grain – lately this symbol has been marking more and more food products as gluten-free. Not only are they found on supermarket shelves, but restaurants are also increasingly serving gluten-free versions of popular classics. But where has this sudden interest in the gluten-free diet come from?


High sugar tax - low sugar content

- Sugar is a cost-efficient flavor carrier that is widely used in the food industry. Especially heavily processed foods - such as pre-made meals and sweets - contain large quantities of sugar. As the sugar content of food and drinks steadily rises, so does the consumption per capita. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum of 25 grams or six teaspoons of sugar per day per person. However, the daily consumption often exceeds the recommended amount many times over in many countries. In the long run, this excessive consumption of sugar carries great risks to our health, as too much sugar is one of the main causes of obesity and metabolic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes...


Heavy weights for heavyweights?

- Obesity is a global health problem that comes with serious consequences to our health and high expenses for our health care system. Malnutrition and a sedentary lifestyle are considered to be among the main causes of obesity for all age groups. Although changing our lifestyle is known to be an effective and cost-efficient way to prevent and treat this condition, many people struggle regularly to change their diets and stay on track with exercising. When you are overweight, your weight can be a limiting factor, as physical activities become increasingly difficult with higher risks of injury - contributing to a loss in motivation.


Healing better with BIA

- Exercising is without a doubt good for our health. Not only does regular physical activity positively affect our body and psyche, it also reduces the risk of a variety of illnesses. But exercise also has its downsides. Injuries to ligaments, tendons, muscles and fractures are commonplace among professional and amateur athletes. This is usually due to insufficient warm-ups, overstraining, incorrect posture and too much external force. In competitive sports, soft-tissue injuries are particularly common. While the length of recovery is usually irrelevant in amateur sports, downtimes for professional athletes can have a significant effect on their career. In order to prevent this, athletes and...


Malnutrition - Danger during the daily clinical routine

- For a long time, hospital food did not receive the attention it deserved. But in recent years people have become more aware of the growing problems of malnutrition in hospitals. Especially elderly patients are at risk of malnutrition. Several studies have concluded that between 25% to 50% of them are already malnourished upon admission at the hospital and the longer they stay in inpatient care, the more their nutritional status worsens.


Ad stop for burger, coke and co.!

- Being overweight and obese presents serious health problems not only for adults, but also for children and adolescents. Epidemiological data of the past decades shows a continuous upward trend in the average weight in young people globally. So far, Europe and the United States of America have been affected most with 20 to 30% of children being overweight or obese. However, Asian, African and South American countries are also increasingly affected by this development. Being overweight at a young age is a risk factor that can cause many physical and mental issues. In addition to a genetic predisposition, the main causes of obesity include super- and malnutrition as well as a sedentary...


When less is not better...

- A sunken face, loose clothes, dry skin and brittle hair - these are often accepted as presumed signs of aging, when in fact they are clear signs of malnutrition. Malnutrition occurs when the energy and nutrient requirements of the body are not adequately met over a long period of time. In developed countries, the elderly are mainly at risk, as the causes of poor nutrition and diet are manifold. When aging, our hunger and appetite decrease. In addition to bloating and digestive problems, dental conditions and a reduced saliva production often complicate the task of eating. Furthermore, the body's ability to absorb nutrients is increasingly impaired. Decreasing physical performance and...


The Midwife - Until birth and beyond

- Midwifery is one of the oldest professions in the world. Its origins can be traced back several millennia to ancient Egypt. In ancient Greece and Rome, midwives were of a high social standing and were mentioned in the writings of Greek scholars and in the Old Testament. One of the earliest midwifery texts is "Gynaikeia", a textbook written in the 2nd century by the Greek physician Soranos of Ephesus.


Intermittent fasting - pure nonsense or a miracle diet?

- For many cultures, eating three proper meals is part of their daily routine. Often these meals are supplemented by other snacks, so that many people regularly eat at intervals of only a few hours. But to what extent does this lifestyle correspond to human physiology?


Sleep off your weight, children!

- Over the past decades, children have been growing heavier all over the world. Today, between 20 and 30% of children in the US and Europe are overweight or obese. But child-obesity has also risen steadily in other regions of the world; an alarming trend, considering excessive weight at a young age has significant health consequences. Not only does it increase the risk of developing a variety of chronic diseases, but also that of social stigma and mental disorders. In addition to a genetic predisposition, the main causes include malnutrition, a sedentary lifestyle and the socio-economic environment.


Sports ground vs fast food joint

- Not only do our genes and lifestyle, but also our immediate surroundings, contribute to the development of weight problems. A recent study by the Lancet Public Health of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that an individual’s proximity to a sporting venue is reflected in their waist circumference, body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage. During the four-year study, more than 500,000 British people were examined. The results were then compared with the data of the subjects’ place of residence. The study showed that those living more than one kilometer away from a sports field or gym had, on average, a larger waist circumference (+ 1.22 cm), a higher BMI (+ 0.57...


New resolutions for a new year

- While our cozy memories of the holidays are slowly fading, our scales and tighter pants still give testimony to the feasts that were enjoyed. The end of the year is also a time of self-reflection, which often leads to new plans for the coming year. Ambitious resolutions are made, and we are highly motivated to keep them during the first weeks of January. Above all, these include regular exercise, losing weight or even abstaining from nicotine. And yet, our enthusiastic plans usually only last for a few months or are already discarded at the end of January. This begs the question, why is it so hard for us to keep our good intentions?


Challenge to obesity in children

- Overweight and obesity presents an important global health problem, with an upward trend. However, this development is not limited to adults, it is increasingly affecting children and adolescents. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 41 million overweight children under the age of five worldwide in 2016, from which around half were in Asia and one quarter in Africa. The USA takes a prominent position. The number of overweight and obese children of school age has tripled since 1970 and now accounts for around 20%. The classification of overweight and obesity in children is not consistent and is to some extent differently defined. Nonetheless, the Body Mass Index (BMI)...


#nurse

- Social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have become indispensable in today’s world. Every day, millions of people use these networks to share their lives and their thoughts with others. They are especially popular with celebrities and public figures. Although photos, posts and tweets of superstars and politicians seem to be a part of everyday life, reading posts from hospitals and nursing homes seems quite unusual. Yet, many health care and nursing professionals use these platform as a vessel to voice their daily job experiences. For example, Instagram has more than four million posts under #nurse, while up to 100 tweets per hour are published on Twitter under the same...


Oh, how joyful, oh, how greasy...

- Christmas is coming, and in only a few days the space under the christmas tree will be filled with presents and the dinner table will also be set with many festive dishes. It’s not only the holidays that threaten our diets - sweet treats tempt us into sin even during the pre-Christmas period. At the same time, the winter weather does not particularly invite us to add intensive exercise as another task to our long list of Christmas errands during the last December weeks.


Hypertension overnight?

- With more than one billion known cases, arterial hypertension poses a real global health issue. As it is rarely accompanied by symptoms, health care professionals often neglect or diagnose hypertension far too late. If left untreated, it can lead to serious secondary complications and can contribute greatly to premature mortality. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), normal blood pressure is defined as lying between a systolic value of 120 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure of 80 mmHg. Still, measurements which are ​​below normal blood pressure are still considered optimal and cardioprotective. By definition, arterial hypertension starts at a value ​​of 140/90 mmHg. The range...


Winter time ... infarction time?

- Heart attacks are caused by the blockage of an already atheroscleroticly damaged coronary artery. The main risk factors for atherosclerosis are well known and primarily include obesity, arterial hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of physical exercise. Statistically speaking, the probability of suffering a heart attack, differs significantly during the seasons and spikes during the Autumn and Winter months. An important trigger for coronary events seems to be the notable combination of low temperatures and physical exertion. A Canadian study found that on days of heavy snowfall, hospital admissions and death rates increased significantly because of heart attacks, linked to the...


Activity … every 30 minutes!

- Everyday modern life is becoming increasingly characterized by our lack of physical activity. Many people spend their entire working day doing sedentary activities, while driving cars to get around and remaining inactive in their free time. The human body, however, is not adapted to a low-activity lifestyle, which can lead to health problems in the medium to long term.


The Influenza - to vaccinate or to not vaccinate?

- Each year at the beginning of the Autumn months, many people consider whether they should get vaccinated against the flu or influenza virus. In general, the seasonal influenza vaccine is not explicitly recommended for all groups of people. It concerns mainly healthy children, adolescents and adults up to the age of 60, as for them an infection with the flu generally has few complications. But the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women from the second trimester onwards are often at risk, as an infection can progress into something far more severe and might even prove fatal. For this reason, doctors recommend an annual flu shot for these groups of people. The vaccination is also...


Doctor vs. AI

- Medical science stands at the beginning of a digital revolution, that will fundamentally change its shape in the coming years and decades. Technologies that seemed merely science fiction are already a reality today. While terms like Medicine 2.0 and Big Data are still discussed among experts, some countries have already made connected, digital solutions, as well as tele- and internet medicine, part of their regular health care provision. Still, the advancement of artificial intelligence might soon overshadow all other future developments.


Taboo issue obesity

- Excess weight is one of the major risk factors for developing a variety of diseases, a problem which has reached epidemic proportions globally. Since 1980, the number of adults who are either overweight or obese has increased to a record breaking 1.9 billion in 2014. Since 2015, World Obesity Day, which is held annually on October 11th, aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the many challenges associated with obesity, as well as public awareness of the issue. This year, the campaign's motto is “treat obesity now and avoid the consequences later”. Based on last year's main theme, which focused on obesity in children and adolescents, this year will promote preventive measures and...


Avoid Overweight - Reduce Cancer Risk!

- Excessive weight is not purely a cosmetic issue, but it’s also one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), current evidence suggests that the risk of developing certain malignant tumors increases with a higher body weight. So far, 13 different types of tumors have been identified, that are associated with excessive weight - including common types such as breast and colorectal cancer.   A recent study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigated the incidence of tumor diseases associated with being overweight or obese. Between 2005 and 2014, the number...


The hospital of the future

- Modern medicine has become unimaginable without the use of technical means. The process of increasing technical sophistication first started as early as the 1960s. Especially in the USA, technical innovations such as electric beds or automated X-ray film developing devices, as well as laboratory diagnostics in the daily clinical routine, were deployed at early stages. In the following decades, technical progress has constantly been reflected in medicine. Nowadays, computers, digital imaging, and automatic analysis procedures, as well as robotic systems, belong in many places.


How old am I really?

- The chronological age of a person can usually be accurately determined with the aid of a birth date. In contrast, the biological age is quite difficult to measure. There are a multitude of theories about the aging process, but the causative mechanisms, however, remain largely unknown. This is believed to be a multifactorial process that is influenced by internal and external factors, such as genetic structure, lifestyle and environmental factors. In the course of this process, complex physical changes occur, which are characterized by reorganization, as well as increasing impairment and loss of function.


Vaccination against cholesterol?

- Increased blood, fat and cholesterol levels are among the main risk factors for the onset of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, besides high blood pressure drugs, statins are one of the most commonly prescribed medications worldwide. Statins inhibit the body's cholesterol synthesis and can thus help to reduce blood cholesterol levels. However, their broad usage is often controversial and widely discussed, with potential alternatives currently being researched. Presently, a focus of scientific interest is in the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), which is considerably involved in the regulation of cholesterol metabolism. The PCSK9 binds to the LDL receptor on the liver...


Battle against dangerous belly fat

- Being overweight or obese can be an important risk factor for the occurrence of metabolic, heart and circulatory illnesses. Originally considered pure and passive energy storage, fat tissue has since come to be seen as the biggest endocrine organ of the body. Its effect on metabolism and the risk of illness is not only just concerned with the quantity, but also with the quality of the fat deposits. In contrast to subcutaneous fat, the visceral or abdominal fat in the body’s interior is an independent risk factor for strokes, heart attacks and type 2 diabetes. The cause of this is in the specific properties of the visceral fat cells. These differ, not just in their position from the...


Fat First – the Ketogenic Diet

- The ketogenic diet is currently one of the most popular nutrition trends. Many people believe it will lead to a fast weight loss, reduction of fat without loss of muscle, increased performance and even a health-promoting and cancer-preventative effect. But what does this form of diet entail? It is based on the redistribution of nutrients taken into the body. While diet companies predominantly recommend carbohydrates, protein and only a small amount of fat for your daily intake, the ketogenic diet follows a completely opposite approach. According to the ketogenic diet, fats should make up the predominant proportion of the daily calorie intake. The proportion of proteins is calculated...


The stigma of extreme body weight

- The human body is becoming increasingly characterized by extreme portrayal these days. Particularly the media utilizes very thin or very large bodies, and the internet takes this to even more extremes with strongly visually oriented social networks. In some cases, such conflicting body images spread rapidly and reach a large number of users, specifically teenagers and young adults. One such trend, which showcases these extremes, is the so-called "thigh gap", which describes a visible gap between the thighs, even when the knees touch. This trend soon gave rise to a countermovement, the "Mermaid Gap" – here, the thighs are supposed to touch explicitly, "like a mermaid’s".


Binge-watching, -gaming ... EATING!

- Today's use of the word "binge" is broadly applied to any excessive behavior. While terms such as binge-watching are often meant ironically, binge-eating describes an obvious eating disorder. For the first time, Binge Eating Disorder (BES) is listed as a separate diagnosis in the current fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), for the classification of mental disorders.


High Blood Pressure: When should you worry?

- Arterial hypertension is one of the most common internal diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 35% and 40% of all people worldwide are affected. While there are many different underlying causes for the development of hypertension, the most common form is the idiopathic form, whose cause is still unknown. Apart from an unhealthy lifestyle, the main risk factor is age.


Good gluten, bad gluten

- For a while now, avoiding food that contains gluten has become one of the most popular nutritional trends and is also of great interest to the media. Gluten-free alternatives in supermarkets and restaurants are part of everyday life. Just last year, global sales of gluten-free products rose by 12.6% and doubled their total revenue since 2011. The gluten-free diet is especially popular in the US. According to surveys, a large part of the US population believes that a gluten-free diet is beneficial to their health and has a positive effect on their physical and mental constitution.


Multiresistant pathogens in hospitals

- The discovery of penicillin, and the consequent development of other antibiotics during the 20th century, provided medical sciences with an effective method to treat infectious diseases for the very first time. But currently, the numbers of pathogens resistant to common antibiotics keep rising, which presents a serious challenge to modern medicine. Hospital infections with multiresistant germs lead to an increase in morbidity and mortality, as well as prolonged waiting times and significantly higher treatment costs. Annually, an estimated 700,000 people worldwide die from getting infected with resistant pathogens.


Are tropical diseases gaining ground in Europe?

- In cases of Chikungunya, dengue fever and leishmaniasis, most people think primarily of African, Asian, as well as Central and South American countries. The fact that these supposedly tropical diseases also occur in parts of Europe, is often neglected. In recent years, cases in which these infections were not imported from tropical countries, but were rather locally acquired in Europe, have multiplied. This development is especially owed to the spread of host animals and particularly to foreign mosquito species. They are able to overcome large distances because of expanding global passenger and freight transport, and, as a result of climate change, they acquire new habitats in southern and...


Health 2.0 / The medicine of tomorrow

- The turn of the century saw the field of digital technologies rapidly progressing, revolutionizing everyday life in the process. The advancement of digitization has also reached medical sciences, although the use of modern technologies and digital solutions remains unequally distributed between the different disciplines. While digital data storage and processing, as well as telemedicine, are commonly used in the field of radiology, the majority of outpatient care is dominated by outdated computer systems, requisition slips and paper files. Despite previous concerns and hesitations, the topic of digitizing medical sciences has increasingly become the focus of public opinion and politics....


Pasta, vegetables, olive oil ... Phase angle

- Early 2017, an Italian study looked at a possible interdependency between a Mediterranean diet and the height of the phase angle. The Mediterranean diet has long been regarded as one of the healthiest nutritional diets. It is characterized by the use of fresh products rich in vitamins, nutrients and unsaturated fatty acids. Large amounts of fat, meat and sugar, on the other hand, are not part of this diet. Because of this, the Mediterranean diet appears to have an overall positive effect on life expectancy, by also preventing the development of many diseases of affluence, such as type II diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease.


How obesity can be a mental burden

- In past decades, overweight and obesity have become a global health issue, not only for the health care systems in first world countries. Obesity also increasingly affects countries with lower or middle income. In many places around the globe, overweight and obese people make up 50% of the adult population. In some countries like Mexico or the USA, it is even higher.


Intensive care - a new field of application for the BIA?

- The Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA) is used for measuring a patient's body composition, it's an established method with many clinical uses primarily within the medical fields of nutrition, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Benefits also extend to cardiological, oncological and nephrological patients. In recent years scientific interest has increased focus on the use of BIA in intensive care. Here it is used to control the hydration and nutritional status of critical patients.


Cancer from sausages, steaks and charcoal?

- According to the calendar, the solstice on June 21 officially marks the beginning of Summer - and with it comes the season of outdoor barbecues. Few activities are as strongly associated with Summer as the act of outdoor grilling with friends and family. With the use of an open fire, food has a unique taste that has a great appeal to many. This experienced taste is based on a non-enzymatic browning reaction known as the Maillard reaction. When heated, amino acids and reducing sugars (such as glucose or fructose) react with one another and form a new chemical compound which is responsible for the characteristic taste, smell and the appearance of grilled or fried food. However, this reaction...


The Fight Against Anorexia

- Extremely thin models and actresses in the fashion and entertainment industry are largely shaping our current ideas of beauty. Yet at the same time, the public is becoming more aware of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, with demand increasing for more effective measures to fight these diseases. As a whole, anorexia nervosa and bulimia are relatively rare diseases in society. Of those affected, 90% of them are women, establishing that particularly girls and women are especially vulnerable, and at an increased risk, of developing an eating disorder. Every one in five women is estimated to be affected by an episode of abnormal eating habits at least once during her...


Personalized Cancer Management with our seca mBCA

- For oncological patients, their nutritional condition and their body composition are the most important parameters used in their treatment. Recent studies over the past few years have focused intensely on these parameters and their influence on the risk of cancer, cancer prognosis and its treatment. Generally, obesity is considered to be an important risk factor in the development of a large number of tumors - but it's the type of fat distribution that seems to be related to the development of cancer. While hypodermic fat has little influence on the progression of certain tumors, studies have shown that an increased amount of intra-abdominal or visceral fat tissue acts as an accelerator and...


Adult-onset diabetes ... in children?

- In recent years, the number of reported diabetes mellitus cases has been steadily rising. But this worldwide development is not an adults-only problem: more and more, children and adolescents are becoming affected as well. Studies have shown that in young patients, this increase involves both of the main types of diabetes. Currently, type 1 diabetes accounts for the majority of diabetes in children and adolescents, and generally occurs before the age of 16, while type 2 is a relatively new pediatric condition. Originally, it was referred to as "adult-onset diabetes" because only a few cases were known where the patients were below the age of 30. However, depending on the region and the...


The scales - an obsolete instrument?

- Since the end of the 19th century, scales have been part of the medical routine in hospitals and doctors' offices. Early on, seca pioneered the development of medical measuring and weighing systems and are now the global market leader. However, modern medicine continues to develop rapidly, and the last two decades have seen enormous progress in the area of ​​device diagnostics. This progress raises the question of whether medical scales still have a topical use and what their role might play in future medical science.


Getting in shape for a marathon

- The famous running track of 42.195 kilometers has an almost magical appeal for many ambitious runners. Often regarded as a the ultimate milestone, tens of thousands of amateurs and professionals will gather around the globe to undertake this physical and psychological challenge during the coming months.


How a Finnish town defeated obesity

- The world is fat! For quite some time now, headlines such as this have been circulating in the media, summarizing a phenomenon that has been intensively investigated in recent years. Since the second half of the 20th century, the average weight of the population has risen steadily in most countries. Being overweight or obese is a reflection of our modern lifestyle. It greatly increases the risk of a variety of diseases and has considerable costs. In many countries around the world, between 50% to 75% of adults are overweight or obese. But also the number of overweight children and adolescents is rising rapidly. As a result, they are affected more and more by diseases commonly associated with...


Diabetes: An all too common disease

- Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by a permanently elevated blood glucose level and is associated with a variety of secondary complications such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, circulatory disorders and renal insufficiencies. The pathophysiological cause for diabetes is an inadequate insulin release or insulin resistance, which interferes with the glucose absorption from the blood into the body cells.


The interplay between exercise and genetics

- Over the last ten thousand years, humans, as a species, have developed at a rapid pace. But while our lifestyles and life expectancy may have changed fundamentally, our biology has remained largely the same during this rather short evolutionary period. It's because of this, that even today we hardly differ in our biology from our Stone Age ancestors.


A GP’s Case Study: Dementia

- Mrs M has been suffering from an early form of Alzheimer's for two years. A year ago, she lost her husband and is currently living on her own, although her two children live nearby. In addition to her Alzheimer's, the 63 year old widow also suffers from arterial hypertension (high blood pressure), which she regulates with medication. The patient is otherwise in a generally good condition for her age. Her dementia was categorized as early onset Alzheimer's dementia and it was diagnosed by her GP as mild to moderate. The disease has progressed in recent years and the patient is currently treated with donepezil. The most obvious symptoms are loss of memory and some difficulty in finding words;...


BIA - a diagnostic tool for outpatient care?

- Since the 1990’s, the bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) was introduced to many areas of inpatient and outpatient care. The BIA method is based on the electrical conduction properties of various tissues and their differences, which enable a precise and non-invasive measurement of a patient's body composition. Because the seca mBCA is versatile in its application with a large range of functions, the tool is used both in the hospital sector and also more often now for outpatient care. Primarily, it is used in – but not limited to: weight management, clinical nutrition, sport medicine and age management medicine.


Emergency department in need!

- A hospital's emergency department is designed to be the frontline for emergency medical care, where patients requiring immediate attention ideally receive their first treatment quickly, before they are transferred to the appropriate departments. But in reality it looks somewhat different; countless patients, long waiting hours and perpetually overworked staff, all characterize the emergency department. As it turns out, it's not merely a specific problem for individual countries, but rather a global issue; and it's getting worse. Over the past few years, a number of studies have focused on this very problem and have tried to identify the underlying causes, in order to develop possible...


What is “Clean Eating”?

- Nelly Kreß is a renowned nutritionist and has been working from her successful office in Berlin since 2015, where she offers extensive nutritional advice. Besides treating patients, she often appears on TV and radio as an expert, and is very active on social media.


Using the right dialysis settings with seca mBCA

- Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic renal disease, with currently 2.5 million people dependent on regular dialysis treatment due to terminal renal failure. If a donor organ isn’t available at this critical stage or a transplant is contraindicated, dialysis is the only remaining option for effective treatment. While it can be a short-term solution, dialysis can also replace the kidneys’ functions over a long period of time. By using hemodialysis, the blood is cleansed outside the body using a special filter called a dialyzer, before it is reintroduced into the body again. This method is used to regulate hydration and electrolyte balance, as well as to eliminate metabolic...


The Toddler - Developmental milestones

- From the age of one, infants enter the toddler stage which lasts until their fifth birthday. During this period, they go through comprehensive physical and mental development, which has a lasting impact on them later in life. After a rapid development of weight and size in their first year of life, their growth speed stabilizes. Generally, toddlers grow about 5 to 7 cm as well as 2 to 3 kilograms per year - meaning that by the time they reach their sixth birthday, their weight will have increased sixfold and their body size doubled.


Running at freezing temperatures?

- Is it actually healthy to go jogging in freezing temperatures? Many ambitious runners ask themselves this very question during the colder seasons. Generally, regular cardio exercise has proven to be positive for our health. Especially the cardiovascular and immune system, the metabolism and our general condition benefits from exercising. So darkness and freezing temperatures should not be used as excuses to not work-out. Still, there are a few important things Winter joggers should consider: Running in temperatures of up to 14 - 5° C should not be a problem. The fear that the cold might damage the lungs is unfounded. After all, skiers, snowboarders and biathletes are capable of performing...


Slim with “slimmers”: how effective are they really?

- Most of us like the idea of having a slim figure and strive to attain the beauty standards we are constantly exposed to in the media. But with the excess of available food in many western countries, it’s difficult for us to overcome our fundamental human instincts. We tend to consume excessive amounts of sugary and fatty foods, often in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle. This imbalance between dietary intake and calories burned often results in weight issues, such as obesity, which come with their own set of negative health consequences. It is extremely difficult for many people to consciously change their dietary habits and lifestyle. This problem has created a huge market for diet...


seca mBCA - the perfect rehab-tool

- Experiencing pain from an unfortunate movement, a twisted knee or a bent foot are all signs that the musculoskeletal system has been injured. Depending on the severity of the injury, the recovery might require a long period of rehabilitation. Particularly in the case of performance athletes, cumulative injuries to the musculoskeletal system require proper rehabilitation to restore the athlete's body as soon as possible, to be fit again for training and competitions.


When breathing starts to become difficult...

- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a collective term for a series of chronic respiratory diseases characterized by a persistent cough, sputum, or a diminished performance and quality of life. Pathophysiologically, the COPD is a narrowing (obstruction) of the airways and hyperinflation of the lungs. As a result of chronic inflammation, the bronchial tubes get progressively and irreversibly constricted. Especially while moving or during exertion, this impedes and prolongs the expiration, so that the inhaled air can not be exhaled entirely and the air vents (pulmonary alveoli) inflate. Further pathological processes ultimately lead to the destruction of the alveoli and to an...


Medical science of the future - digitizing the health care system

- Wouldn't it be nice if doctors could take the time to see us properly and listen to our problems carefully? Unfortunately in reality, consultations between a doctor and patient last merely five minutes, of which only half a minute is spent by the patient describing his or her symptoms without interruption. Due to a multitude of non-medical tasks and an ever-increasing workload, it is getting harder for doctors to provide basic medical care. But by shifting, optimizing and reorganizing the workflow, doctors could free up more time for their patients. The use of modern technologies, in particular, shows great potential for process optimization. While many industries have made use of these...


A taxation on tobacco, alcohol... and sugar?

- Nowadays, it is widely recognized that high sugar consumption is associated with a variety of health risks. For this reason, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently reduced the recommended daily amount of refined sugars to 25 grams, or about six teaspoons. Already, a 250 ml can of commercial soft drink exceeds this recommended daily quantity. Over the last decade, the unhealthy consumption levels of our population and the consequent rise in health care expenses, has forced some countries to regulate their consumption of sugar. A “sugar tax” was introduced, namely taxes on products with high sugar amounts. Currently, many more countries are discussing a similar measure. In Fall 2016,...


When the doctor turns into an administrator

- Crowded waiting rooms, delayed appointment bookings and doctors under permanent time pressure are a frequent source of frustration. Doctors would also like to have more time for their patients’ treatment, but a considerable portion of their working time is tied up by administrative tasks. Of course a modern health care system necessitates some level of bureaucracy, but this needs to be in a reasonable proportion to the medical job.


How the GP can support to fight those kilos

- As a New Year’s resolution, many people resolve to not only stop smoking, but also to lose weight by changing their diet and exercising regularly. Generally, the first step towards these goals is also the hardest and while many may start January with good intentions, their motivation drops noticeably over time. The most common reason for this is a lack of progress or visible results, especially when attempting to lose weight. After an initial quick success, the scales appear to stand still and further weight loss only progresses at a slow pace. With motivation dwindling, the danger of weight gain increases.


Anorexia in men?

- When we think of anorexia most of us imagine young teenage girls who try to emulate the models they see on tv and in magazines. Indeed, anorexia is one of the most dangerous and deadliest disorders for young women: a total of 1.1% of all women suffer from anorexia nervosa, its frequency peaking for women between the ages of 14 and 17. As a result, up to 15% of all patients die of the disease over the course of 15 years.   It often goes unnoticed that men can also be affected by the disorder. Yet anorexia in men is by no means a new development: even in the 19th century, a story in Heinrich Hoffmann’s children’s book “Struwwelpeter” depicts a boy who refuses to eat his supper and...


Kidney failure: When the body’s inner filter system malfunctions

- Our general knowledge of the kidneys and their multiple functions is rather limited when compared to other organs such as the heart, brain or intestines. Many people only realize the kidneys’ importance once the organ no longer works properly. Approximately 10% of the world's population suffers from chronic renal failure. Among them are approximately two million people who are dependent on hemodialysis (kidney dialysis) or a kidney transplant, due to terminal renal failure.


The Family Doctor - A True All-Rounder

- For millions of people, their family doctor (general practitioner or GP) is their first point of contact for anything related to their health. As our society keeps aging, the number of outpatients keeps steadily rising and because of this, medical practitioners are an important cornerstone of medical care. But what does their daily routine look like? What are their patients’ most common complaints and ailments?


What do seca products have to do with the standard sized buttocks?

- A large number of people from many different departments work hand in hand during the stages of development and production at seca. They all strive to create a product which ultimately satisfies all requirements in terms of quality, safety and accuracy. During this process, seca’s quality assurance is of particular importance. The QA department ensures not only that all of seca’s products meet the market’s and customers’ needs, but also seca’s high standards.


From infant to toddler - developmental milestones

- During the first few months of life, a child’s development progresses at a rapid pace, so much so that it feels like we could watch them as they grow. It is recommended to see a podiatrist for regular check-ups to make sure an infant develops properly. In this article, we will take a look at the stages a child goes through during its development between the 3rd month and their first year.


Does constant availability in our job make us sick?

- In a world of modern technologies, the boundaries between work and leisure are becoming increasingly blurred. Thus, almost 20% of 30 to 44 year olds no longer manage to escape from the daily routines of their professions during their vacation. At least once a week, a quarter of all employees read or reply to work-related e-mails outside of their regular working hours. On average, this amounts to 26 minutes of unpaid work. According to surveys conducted by Northern Illinois University, this diminishes the recreational value of leisure time and is seen as a burden by many workers. Because of this, some companies now switch off their servers during the weekend. But does our constant...


A historic discovery: the seca Pelikan baby scale

- Recently, a surprising and unique discovery, with a highly ideological and historical value for seca has been made: in Poland, a fully functional seca Pelikan baby scale from the year 1938 has been found. If these scales could share their story, they would tell us of many exciting but also dramatic and tragic events. Not only did it survive the Second World War entirely intact, but it also shared a family’s fate and their postwar odyssey of many years.


How our psyche influences our nutrition (part 2)

- When the weather is cold and uncomfortable, staying in for a movie night on the couch seems more appealing than jogging outside through the park. On top of that, temptation comes in the form of chocolate or chips, completing our cozy evening at home. But why do we have such an appetite for fatty or sweet foods?


How our psyche influences our nutrition (part 2)

- When the weather is cold and uncomfortable, staying in for a movie night on the couch seems more appealing than jogging outside through the park. On top of that, temptation comes in the form of chocolate or chips, completing our cozy evening at home. But why do we have such an appetite for fatty or sweet foods?


The history of scales in short

- seca and the column scale: The history of weighing is closely connected to the development of human civilization and the origin of scale mechanisms can be traced back to thousands of years ago. However, scales have only been in our homes and in the medical sector for less than 200 years. How did these simple measuring tools develop into the modern and highly precise devices we know today?


How healthy is a glass of red wine really?

- Many daily occasions almost automatically include alcohol: a glass of red wine for dinner, some sparkling wine for a celebration or simply enjoying a beer after a long day. Consuming alcohol is a socially acceptable, widespread phenomenon. But what effects do these habits have on our health? For a long time, red wine was said to have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. A moderate consumption can supposedly positively influence the HDL cholesterol levels, prevent arteriosclerosis and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.


The Christmas trap: six important tips for keeping in shape

- It’s actually not the time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, in which we gain the most weight, but the entire year between the first day of the New Year and the next Christmas season. If we follow a well-balanced diet all year long, and regularly participate in sports, then enjoying sweet treats during the Christmas season will not have any effect on our physique. That is, of course, if we indulge in moderation. With the help of the following tips you will be able to enjoy the festive season whilst preserving your figure.


The femoral neck fracture – cause and consequences

- Cold weather and icy roads increase the risk of injury from incidental slipping this season. Young people will often get away with a few painful bruises, but for people of older age, falling can become a serious issue. The upper arm and upper leg bones are most likely to be affected in such cases. A femoral neck fracture is one of the most critical injuries of the elderly – a medical emergency, as the longer the fracture remains untreated, the higher the risk is of complications, potentially causing death.


Obesity: A Vicious Circle

- Worldwide, the number of obese people keeps growing. The rate is especially concerning in children and teenagers: within the last 25 years, the percentage has risen from 4.8% to 6.1%. Today, 41 million children and teenagers are considered overweight or obese. Those who have already suffered from obesity during their early childhood are more at risk of getting caught in a downward spiral of weight gain, and could potentially remain overweight long-term. One of the main reasons for this development is the change in our lifestyle. Almost all over the world, the accessibility and consumption of highly processed, fatty and sugary food products has increased in recent years, while our modern way...


seca 760 – the classic item for Christmas

- Christmas is only a few weeks away and if you are still in search of the perfect Christmas gift, the design classic seca 760 could be just what you’re looking for. The device symbolizes precision and classic elegance. Its timeless design is, to this day, more contemporary than ever and will perfectly suit any environment.


How our psyche influences our nutrition

- Nutritional psychologists have been researching the interdependency between nutrition and psyche for decades. This branch of research examines eating habits and the influence of nutritional components on our psyche, and tries to find answers for why and how we eat. Why do certain foods taste better than others and how can that influence our eating behaviour? Many such questions haven’t been entirely answered, yet science has managed to find answers that offer essential information on the topic.


The alphabet of a healthy heart: high blood pressure

- High blood pressure, or arterial hypertonia, is a widespread disease in Western society and counts as one of the main causes of cardiovascular illnesses, negatively affecting general life expectancy. Additional factors, such as excess weight, smoking, excessive drinking or diabetes, can significantly increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. The medical term ‘blood pressure’ describes the amount of force that the blood running through our vessels reaches in relation to its surface. Our blood circulation is divided into high and low pressure systems. The arteries, which transport the blood high in oxygen away from the heart, contain far higher pressure than the veins responsible for...


The alphabet of a healthy heart: high blood pressure

- High blood pressure, or arterial hypertonia, is a widespread disease in Western society and counts as one of the main causes of cardiovascular illnesses, negatively affecting general life expectancy. Additional factors, such as excess weight, smoking, excessive drinking or diabetes, can significantly increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. The medical term ‘blood pressure’ describes the amount of force that the blood running through our vessels reaches in relation to its surface. Our blood circulation is divided into high and low pressure systems. The arteries, which transport the blood high in oxygen away from the heart, contain far higher pressure than the veins responsible for...


seca mVSA – a new era of vital parameter analysis

- The seca medical Vital Signs Analyzer (mVSA) is an absolute novelty in regards to vital parameter measuring. The first device on the market to combine data from classic vital parameters and the bioimpedance analysis (BIA) in one exam, its high functionality and easy handling meet the highest standards for modern medical appliances. The device is built up modularly and can be configured individually as needed. Additionally, the device is equipped with the seca 360° wireless technology which enables the easy data transmission to other compatible products. The seca mVSA is clearly a unique and versatile medical device.


What actually came of that ice bucket challenge?

- You will most likely remember one specific campaign circulating the internet in the summer of 2014: celebrities and people from all over the world were dumping buckets of ice and water over their heads and documenting it on camera. Social media networks were full of these videos. However, did you know that this seemingly silly gesture has a serious background? The so-called ‘ice bucket challenge’ was created to raise awareness and funding for researching the unhealable disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). But what did this ice bucket challenge actually achieve?


The fast food generation: children and adiposity

- Nowadays, more and more children suffer from being overweight or obese. According to the KiGGS study from Robert-Koch-Institute, approximately 15% of all examined children in Germany are overweight, almost half of which suffer from adiposity. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide, at least 41 million children up to age five are overweight or obese. The past few years have shown a tendency for even higher numbers. Half of the affected children are Asian, a quarter of them live in Africa, and most grow up in countries with low or medium income levels. A research team from the University of Auckland states that children in the USA are about five kilos heavier today than...


Doctor visits for a baby’s first year

- The first few weeks of parenthood are filled with many changes and new challenges. The newborn’s physical developments are in a state of constant transformation. To enable accurate documentation, we use different terms for the baby in each developing phase it passes through. Up until the fourth week, a baby is referred to as a newborn. After this, the infant phase begins, which lasts until the first birthday. Hereafter, the child becomes a toddler.


Kilograms or pounds – that is the question

- We use various different measuring units in daily life to define certain amounts, but we hardly ever stop to ask ourselves where these various units come from. Who decided how heavy one kilogram or one pound is? Most of us will be able to envision the approximate size of one kilo of flour or one pound of butter, but at some point someone must have decided how heavy exactly one unit would be and also which volume this weight would be related to.


Air for breakfast – what is anorexia nervosa?

- These days, having a slender figure is the absolute beauty ideal. The Media constantly promotes slim people, new fitness tips and fad diets, and consumers have no other choice than to acknowledge and develop a fascination for the trend. The fashion world, above all other realms, is obsessed with extremely thin bodies, with unhealthy results. A female model has to fit into size zero clothing in order to be a perfect runway model. This often contributes to many young women and girls suffering from anorexia.


When the heart stops pumping to its regular beat

- A cardiac insufficiency counts as one of the most common internal diseases and is one of the main causes of death in Western countries. The chances of this disease arising are relative to age. Only 1% of people around the age of 50 suffer from cardiac insufficiencies, while almost 10% of people over the age of 80 are affected. During a cardiac insufficiency, a malfunction in the heart leads to a reduced blood flow in the body. According to the pathomechanism, a malfunction can take on one of two forms: the systolic or the diastolic cardiac insufficiency. A systolic loss of function is the result of the heart losing its contraction power, which leads to a lowered volume per beat. This type is...


Are we as old as our arteries?

- Humans have, for centuries, tried to grasp the topics of aging and dying. Countless academics, philosophers and explorers have investigated this phenomenon in search of miracle cures against growing old. Even to this day, modern science cannot offer sufficient answers as to why we age. Aging processes are beginning to be analyzed and understood in greater depth, yet there is still no all-embracing theory that can describe the aging process and its causes in full detail. There is nonetheless a consensus that aging is a multifactorial process which is influenced by our genes, our lifestyle and our surroundings. A well-known saying states that ‘we are only as old as our arteries’, because the...


The way our inner clock ticks

- The sun rises every single morning and sets every evening. Every year is built up of seasons. Therefore, every day, every month and every year are subject to a rhythm which is defined by the sun in relation to the earth. Our body also follows individual rhythms, among them the most incisive, the wake-sleep cycle. Body temperature, hormone distribution and the female cycle are prone to biological rhythms as well. While man had to stay alive by way of hunting and collecting food, it was essential to closely adjust the wake-sleep cycle according to night and day. Using a full day of sunlight was essential for hunting prey and it was important to seek shelter and rest in a cave as soon as the...


The alphabet of a healthy heart – the sauna

- When Autumn sets in and the sun begins to fade, when the days become shorter and temperatures begin to sink, most of us will develop a longing for warmth. The combination of cold and moist weather will typically lead to a cold as well. Going to the sauna is therefore a welcome treat that will warm the body up and strengthen the immune system. Aside from the classic sauna, the Finnish wood stove sauna which can reach up to 100° Celsius, there are various other sauna systems. Enjoy a steam sauna at 50 - 60° Celsius, a bio sauna – which is a cross between a regular sauna, a tepidarium and a multi-sensory room – with chirping bird sounds and colourful mood lights, a eucalyptus sauna with...


seca and the arts

- seca thrives on the company’s passion for precision and quality when it comes to weighing and measuring technology. In seca’s philosophy, there is also a particular emphasis on seeking inspiration from various forms of art, as well as cooperating with artists. With an exceptional eye for aesthetics and design, the company has produced a product range which offers an innovative link between art and technology. This special focus towards visual coherence sets seca apart from other manufacturers in the field of medical measuring systems. Not only does the appreciation of art lay the foundations for the company culture, it can also be seen in the products and their presentation. When browsing...


The evolution of hospital meals

- Nutrition is an essential part of our well-being. However, hospitals don’t have a very good reputation when it comes to their skills at feeding their patients. In this one place that aims to heal our bodies, healthy food is often their last concern. An ascertainment with 16,000 patients showed that only 50% of them eat their hospital lunch. Aside from the quality, there are many other factors for this large number.


The Hamburg medical engineering convention at seca

- The Hamburg medical engineering convention HAMEK was founded by seca, the professional association Fachverband Biomedizintechnik (FBMT) and the Euritim Bildung + Wissen GmbH in 2014. Combining high quality lectures and trade exhibitions with insights into seca’s structures makes this event a unique experience. The participants and exhibitors’ growing interest has led to the HAMEK becoming an established event for medical technology. Tickets for taking part in the event, as well as spaces for exhibitors, were sold out in no time.


Fresh mountain air – harmless, right?

- For thousands of years, mountains have been captivating to humans. Discoverers have always been interested in testing physical boundaries, constantly reaching higher peaks in undiscovered mountain ranges. Today, a large amount of the general population travel into the mountains for regeneration and relaxation. Trekking tours are offered for groups to travel at large heights or to elevated places – these tours in the Alps, over the Andes, the Rocky Mountains or the Himalayan mountain ranges are becoming increasingly popular. Because of climate change; ski tourism locations have to be moved to higher regions every year. The highest ski areas lie between 3500m and almost 5000m.


The history of hospital hygiene

- In the early days of modern medicine, hygienic measures weren’t always considered to be very important. Between dissecting patients in pathology and treating immobile patients, doctors hardly ever changed robes. Hand-washing and disinfecting was also uncommon in the mid 19th century. The renowned Hungarian gynecologist Ignaz Semmelweis was the first to discover that a lack of hygiene could have a damaging effect on a patient’s health. He was working as an assistant doctor in obstetrics when he noticed that 30% of all women died of childbed fever in the department in which doctors and students worked, while the death rate was much lower in the department where only midwives cared for the...


Nelly Kress and her winter wonderland

- Nelly Kress works as nutrition coach and has successfully head her own practice in Berlin since 2015. In her practice, she offers extensive medical nutrition guidance for which she is nationally acclaimed. Aside from her therapy with patients, she often appears on TV and radio shows as an expert for nutrition and is very active on social media.


A whole new linked world – seca 360° wireless

- We live in a time of smartphones, laptops and wifi. Our daily lives are constantly affected by digitization and networking. In clinical daily life and in medical practice, technical progress is setting in slowly. A large amount of information and data is, to this day, still transmitted and saved manually. Pens and paper are still the most common tools for medical documentation. Even though, for juristical reasons, some information must be accessible on paper, more and more clinics and practices are switching to telematic and digital formats.


Should I get a flu shot?

- Winter is around the corner and with an increase in cold and rainy weather, it’s just a matter of time before the flu season begins. As December is usually the time for the first flu wave to set in, many doctors recommend flu shots in October and November. In case you are uncertain about getting a vaccine against the virus, the following information could help you make a decision.


mBCA measuring results: how to interpret the BIVA

- The bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) has successfully been established as a diagnostic method for determining a patient’s body composition. The devices offered by seca, under the series seca mBCA, are renowned for their medically validated results and their significant amount of applications in clinical and ambulatory settings.


What happened to the first preemies?

- When a child is born a significant amount of time before the calculated due date, a very critical phase begins for the newborn. A regular pregnancy lasts approximately 40 weeks, which begins directly after the last period. If a baby is born before the end of week 37, it is medically defined as a premature infant. The World Health Organisation WHO states that approximately 15 million children, or one in ten births, are too early.


Malnutrition in hospitals

- Traditionally, hospital cuisine is known to be light and low in energy so that it is gentle on a patient’s digestive system and can help restore general health. It is a fact that malnutrition can prevent the body from healing, and in some cases, undernourishment is often not diagnosed until it has already done damage. Malnutrition is a high risk factor for further health complications, mortality and increased days in hospital, costing the healthcare system billions every year.


The XXL generation

- Do you enjoy indulging in a delicious burger with bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce, but find it leaves you with a guilty conscience? If burgers, hotdogs and pizza are not a regular part of your diet, then there is no need to worry. If your menu consists mainly of fast food, ready-made products, and sweet or greasy meals, the situation is a bit different. Especially when the scale shows alarming numbers.


The alphabet of a healthy heart – sports & exercise

- A well-known saying promises us that hard work pays off. This is also the case when it comes to the hard work we put into exercising to stay fit. Exercise not only keeps us young and vital, it can positively influence our entire body. Studies have shown that an active lifestyle can reduce the risk of a large number of diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer. Sports positively affect our well-being. Working out relieves stress by emitting the happiness hormone serotonin. Working out has also become a therapeutic measure for light depression.


The mechanical column scale – nostalgia with a modern spirit

- With a manually adjustable sliding weight, the column scale exhibits a hint of nostalgia. The scales, made of cast iron, are often enhanced with elaborate details and artistic fonts. They are forefathers to the contemporary versions of a scale. But you won’t only find these in museums. Physicians offices, hospitals and fitness studios often prefer using manual scales. Mechanical column scales have the special advantage that deprived of electrical components, they do not require electricity. They are also known to be extremely robust and durable. Furthermore, higher weights can be determined in a more precise manner with a column scale.


Other countries, other afflictions: A trip to Africa

- From the Victoria Falls and wildlife of the Serengeti National Park, to the pyramids of Giza – Africa has many unforgettable adventures in store. To start your Africa journey, we recommend looking into health information several weeks beforehand. We’ve collected the most important medical tips for travelling to Africa:


Is the BMI the measure of all things?

- The Body Mass Index is the most common parameter for determining a patient’s health status. The formula was developed by Belgian mathematician and statistician Adolphe Quetelet in the mid 19th century for describing the average human in mathematical terms. The Quetelet-Index, the ratio between body weight in kilograms and square around body height, was not very popular and disregarded for a long time.


Malnutrition in oncology – an underestimated risk?

- Our diet provides energy and nutrients that our body requires on a daily basis. Ingestion contributes to our quality of life, expressing our culture and occupying a central role in our social life. A conscious and well-balanced diet not only accounts for sustaining our general health, but can also contribute to a quick recovery from illnesses. Chicken broth, for example, is a popular household remedy against a common cold. While the important correlations between nutrition and health are common sense to most of us, the strong influence that nutrition can have is often neglected when it comes to serious illnesses. Particularly in the case of patients with tumors.


The alphabet of a healthy heart: cholesterol

- Cholesterol has a bad reputation. The media often depicts cholesterol as harmful, and we are constantly being reminded to keep our cholesterol levels low. Despite what most people think, cholesterol is not entirely bad for us. It takes on the essential role of creating cell membranes and hormones. It is only when there is an excess of cholesterol, through a high-fat diet or genetic predispositions, that it can become harmful. To determine an excess of cholesterol, you need to measure the ratio between HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. HDL, high-density lipoproteins, and LDL, low-density lipoproteins, are proteins which transport the cholesterol through our blood.


What is phase angle?

- The seca mBCA uses the Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) to non-invasively assess body composition - the measurement of body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an essential tool and integral part of any comprehensive health and nutrition assessment. Compared to the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is dependent on weight and height alone, and because of this the assumptions of lean mass and adipose tissue distribution are not always accurate - BIA is much more precise and significant.


Smoothies: is blending fruit a good idea?

Nutrition coach Nelly Kress offers insights into how healthy smoothies really are.

- Over the past few years, many of us have developed a strong interest in our health. While the world around us is in constant flux at full speed, it is important to maintain our health and fitness long-term. Yet the spare time we have for preparing healthy and well-balanced meals seems to become less and less, with the fast-paced lives that we live.


Merle Henning: health is individual

- In seca’s history of over 175 years, human health has always been the company’s main focus. It is the patients who benefit from the high quality devices and it is the people who have dedicated their lives to health care. By offering customized products and solutions, seca aims to support patients and the day to day work of people in health care, in the best possible way.


Beaches, rice fields and mega cities in one trip

Other countries, other afflictions: Asia

- Southeast Asia is a fashionable travel destination. Millions of tourists flock to countries like Thailand and Vietnam for their beaches, culture and culinary highlights. Yet when visiting these areas, one should pay special attention to certain health aspects.


How healthy are superfoods really?

- So-called superfoods have become an established alternative for basic healthy nutrition. They are said to contain many health-supporting elements, that claim to be healthier than basic natural nutrients. We would like to take a critical look at what hides behind the appraisal of these popular superfoods. In this article, we will explore their effects and offer possible alternatives.


Osteoporosis – honey, did I shrink?

- Osteoporosis, also known as bone atrophy, is the most common bone disease among the elderly. The main effects of osteoporosis are a reduction of bone substance and the decrease of bone mineral density.


Summer, sunshine, sun burns – how to protect your skin

- With the beginning of summer vacation, the weather is finally starting to feel like summer. Many people on vacation will use their time to extensively sun bathe and that is why it’s so imperative to remember to use the right sun protection. Sunburns significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer – especially during childhood.


Protein shakes – magic bullets or a costly advertisement lie?

Nutritionist Nelly Kreß explains if and why an additional protein supplement is necessary

- There are currently many different dietary supplements available on the market which contain an increased level of protein. Most of these products are protein shakes made from egg white. Their producers advertise these supplements to support muscle buildup and burning fat. For this reason, my patients often ask me whether they should add protein shakes to their training plan or diet. There is no one answer that is applicable to everyone.


The alphabet of a healthy heart: Fats

No more butter on your bread!

- There is no nutritional component in the foods we eat that is as ambivalently treated as fat. The older generations praise fats as an essential energy source, which is strongly linked to their experiences during post war and the golden era. The younger generations don’t want to abstain from fats because of their ability to naturally enhance flavours. Yet nearly everyone who sets high value to a healthy nutrition plan, will have a guilty conscience when eating fatty products.


Other countries, other afflictions

- Every summer, millions of people travel to cities all over the world. The main goal for many travellers is to find relaxation and discover new countries and new cultures. To be able to completely enjoy your time abroad, the health aspects of such a journey should be taken into account. In our travel column we regularly share current and country specific information as well as practical health tips for spending time in foreign countries.


Deep vein thrombosis – an avoidable travel mishap

- The summer vacation season is about to begin, and for many people this is the busiest time of the year for traveling to faraway destinations by plane or bus.


Determining your body composition in only 17 seconds

- Part 1: seca mBCA 515 – Precise results in just a few steps:   Imagine having a machine in your practice, which can not only determine precise measurement data for your patients’ body compositions, but can also graphically display this information on a monitor – in only 17 seconds! The seca mBCA 515 was designed to do exactly this. The best part is that during the device’s development, we placed a strong emphasis on user friendliness, so as to offer you the best support in your daily work.   We guarantee your satisfaction.


The alphabet of a healthy heart: Sugar

- Of all illnesses, many people are most afraid of suffering from a heart attack. And rightly so. Cardiovascular disease is now the most common cause of death in industrial nations such as Germany or the USA.


seca mBCA in medical research

- Summer has arrived, and with it, the longing for a nice tan from lying on a sunny beach somewhere along an ocean shore. But what if the digits on our scale show numbers far from our ideal weight? Our New Year’s resolutions to become more fit and live healthier often lose priority after a few weeks. Only to remind us right before summer vacation, that we had planned to look better in a bathing suit this season. This is when most of us will decide to go on a diet. In magazines, drug stores and pharmacies, you can find a large number of diets and diet products that promise an easy and permanent weight reduction.


TOFI – Thin On The Outside, Fat On The Inside?

- A slim figure and a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 kg/m² and 25 kg/m² is of extreme relevance today, as being overweight or suffering from adiposity is proven to lead to a number of diseases. However, the term ‘fat’ doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with being fat. Not every pad of fat on our body will inevitably lead to an illness.


mBCA 525 – precision meets mobility

- The bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) counts as one of the most current topics in clinical nutrition. Through precise and reliable measurements of a body’s composition, the seca mBCA devices can be used in various clinical sectors. Patients in oncology, nephrology, diabetology and cardiology, in particular, can profit from the device. Extracellular water retentions that result from heart insufficiency can be recognized early on and dialysis therapies can be effectively monitored.


Nelly Kress – a passionate nutrition coach

The prime example of a self-made woman.

- Nelly Kress is the perfect example of a self-made woman. Born in Berlin, she graduated in various training fields. Since 2013, she has successfully worked as a nutrition coach. In 2015, she opened her first practice in Berlin-Charlottenburg, where she offers extensive nutrition and medical counseling, establishing a reputation nation-wide.  


seca – awarded for design excellence

- Quality and functionality are probably the two most important attributes when it comes to developing a new product. But, a product’s design is just as essential, as the design will automatically determine usability and acceptance amongst its users. With the many top-class awards that seca has received over the years, the company has proven time and again that combining user-oriented technology and intelligent details with perfect design is one of the their core strengths. This year, for example,seca has been awarded the iF Design Award, not in one category, but in two: for the revolutionary medical Body Composition Analyzer seca mBCA 525, as well as for the ingenious seca Service Concept.


How to take body measurements of patients who are bedridden or immobile

- Usually, measuring a patient’s body weight and height is routine work and can be done in no time. But what if a patient is bedridden or unable to be in a standing position to have his or her measurements taken? For example, patients who suffer from massive posture damage through spinal deformities or contractures, are at a greater risk of falling. In this case, it is necessary to find a solution that differs from the classic techniques to take body measurements.


seca: a lifetime

The right intuition for great success.

- When A.C.C. Joachims, a talented locksmith, founded a scale shop in Hamburg in 1840, he couldn't have known that this undertaking would still apply 175 years later, and that his company – under the brand name seca – would go on to become one of the leading manufacturers in the field of medical measuring and scales.


Body measurement 2.0

The future of body measurement: seca 287

- A talking, fully automated measuring station that can read height and body weight within seconds, wirelessly transmitting data, sounds a lot like a vision of the future. But due to intense development and engineer work, it has today become reality. The vision's name is seca 287, a fully automatic ultrasonic measuring station suitable for radio transmission. So far, ultrasound waves are utilized in medicine mainly for imaging purposes. The seca 287 uses them to measure body size and weight quickly and contact-free. For achieving a high precision and reliability, the machine is equipped with three individual transmitters which send and receive data. The sensors capture the entire area of the...


What is mBCA?

The path from frogs' legs to mBCA.

- In the second half of the eighteenth century, Luigi Galvani discovered the interdependency between electrical power and biological tissue. His experiments with frogs’ legs paved the way for further research on the bioelectrical behavior of the human body. Through this technical and scientific progress, the human’s physiology could continuously be examined and understood to an even better extent. In 1965 Thomasset et al. were the first to define the amount of extracellular fluid in vivo by measuring bioelectrical impedance.


The UEFA European Championship

Health check-ups – an important part of being a professional athlete.

- With the European Championship beginning on June 10, a big event awaits the field of sports. Held in France this year, 24 teams, boosted from the original number of 12, will be fighting for the treasured UEFA trophy. The teams will be assigned to one of six groups, where four teams play for the entry into the last sixteen. After this, the sudden death rule applies. There is no doubt these games will offer spectators many exciting moments – penalties and stoppage time situations included! The players and their doctors on the other hand, will be prone to an increased workload and under a huge amount of strain.


Sports medicine meets the mBCA

- Dr. Dietmar Schubert is a general medicine doctor who also specializes in sports medicine. He heads his own practice at both; ‘Life Balance’ and SportsmedCenter in Ehingen, South Germany. As a sports practitioner Dr. Schubert concentrates particularly on popular and competitive sports.


How the winter influences our blood pressure

- With the change of season, not only does the outside temperature and length of day alter – our blood pressure is sensitive to the seasons as well and varies with the changing temperature. Often, it is higher in winter than in summer and usually we do not notice these fluctuating changes.


Premature birth – when the stork comes early

- A newborn is usually born after 40 weeks, however, in a small percentage of pregnancies, babies can be born too early. If the child is born before the completion of 37 weeks of pregnancy, it is medically diagnosed as a premature infant. Thanks to modern neonatal intensive care, even the most premature infants have a good chance of survival. In many countries, weeks 23 and 24 of pregnancy count as the minimum age, and in some individual cases the line can be drawn even lower. In the western world, premature births are considered one of the main causes of prenatal death and can be associated with defects and developmental disorders. Prevention is therefore the main focus for neonatology.