For medical. For research. For fitness.
Whether you’re a medical and research professional, fitness instructor or enthusiast, confidence in your results is the greatest motivation for continual improvement.
This is our strategic purpose:
enable others to work with truths and take charge of their own wellbeing. Bodystat offers the latest advancements in medical science, an accuracy that is validated and a warm family service worldwide.
Bodystat users work smart and train smart, breaking the one-size-fits-all standard of fitness and embracing the potential of the individual, as it’s realised and as it’s planned.
WHAT WE DO
Bodystat is dedicated to researching bioelectrical impedance technology to provide the best, most advanced electronics that accurately measure body composition and hydration within the human body, non-invasively.
With over 80 years collective in-house experience in Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), Bodystat can confidently and proudly not only give you the electronic measurements, but also the explanations required to analyse the data through a thorough understanding of BIA technology.
WHAT IS BIA?
BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) is a measurement of the opposing flow of current at a particular frequency (strength of current) through any biological tissue. When the resistance to the flow of the current in tissues (ie their insulating properties) is high, the impedance value seen on the device is reflected as high. The impedance values are then used within gold standard validated regression equations, and the quantity of those tissues in a given body can be calculated for fat, muscle and water. For example, fat has a high resistance due to the small amount of water present in the adipose tissue. This makes fat a poor conductor of current and will give high impedance readings. Lean muscle mass has a low resistance, since it consists largely of electrolytes and fluids. At higher frequencies, additional tissues/cells can be measured including intra-cellular and extra-cellular water (i.e. the body’s internal and external cell hydration. Using spectroscopy at the higher frequencies will calculate the volume of over-hydration.
THE SHORTFALLS OF BMI
Body Mass Index (BMI) is no longer believed to be an accurate marker for health or weight management. BMI uses total body weight (kg) divided by height squared (m2), however the total body weight does not account for the different proportions of fat or lean muscle. If you are muscular or short in stature, your BMI will be high and you could be wrongly classified as obese or unhealthy. BIA is widely considered the most accessibly accurate method for measuring body composition within the fitness, nutrition, health and medical fields around the globe.
Essentially, body composition refers to the different proportions of body tissue in your body: body fat, lean muscle mass and water*. BIA can measure each of these compartments, and including *total body water, can also give measurements of water inside the cells and water outside the cells. A valuable marker within BIA is called the Phase Angle, which measures the integrity and functioning of the cell membrane, clinically associated with nutritional status. Bodystat is unique in that the Phase Angle (or Phase Shift) is measured (not calculated) which is now used internationally as a prognostic indicator of health/survival, muscle quality and nutritional assessment. Watch Video (link to whiteboard animation on PA to You Tube). Bodystat’s trademarked Prediction Marker™, accredited in the ESPEN Blue Book as a “a newer way to evaluate cell membrane function”, has been shown in recent ICU studies to be a reliable guide to prognosis. Patients who died in ICU or during hospitalisation had significantly higher Prediction Markers than patients who survived.*
WHO WE ARE
Bodystat Limited started with humble beginnings in 1990 run from the family home by pure passion, drive and belief in the technology. Over the years, the company grew and now owns its own office block sitting proudly in a prestigious location in one of the island’s largest business parks.
Managing Director, C.A.(S.A.) A.C.M.A. B.Comm(Hons)BDP
Sakkie Meeuwsen, Founder and CEO of Bodystat Ltd, trained as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and was Managing Director of South Africa’s largest tannery for 10 years. Last year, Sakkie climbed to Everest’s Base Camp on his own fulfilling a lifelong dream of his. He continues to compete in Cape Town’s Argus Cycle Race each year, improving on his finishing time. Other activities include skiing, hiking, mountain biking and swimming.
Compliance & ICT Manager
Karen, also known as the “Bodystat Guru” and has been with the company for 20 years. She is head of our Compliance Team regarding CE marking, FDA and foreign regulations. She also runs our Technical Support Team and specialises in product & software development as well as data interpretation. Karen is a keen sports woman, always at the gym or swimming in her spare time.
Head of Research and Marketing, BA(Hons)
Sian joined the company in 2012 upon her return to the UK, after working and living in Sydney, Texas and Shanghai for several years. Sian speaks French and Mandarin Chinese and holds a BA(Hons) in International Marketing and Languages. She has also studied a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine whilst living in China. Her keen interest in the medical field assists in managing the research department within Bodystat.
UK Sales and International Accounts Manager
Audrey has over 20 years of experience in customer sales and retail, giving her a professional and organised approach in dealing with our international and UK sale relations. She runs our entire UK sales account team at Bodystat headquarters and deals with various international sales accounts. She has a thorough understanding of our Bodystat brand and products, and is a true merit to our company.
Accounts and Dispatch Manager
Victoria holds an AAT Diploma for accountancy and runs our accounts department at Bodystat. She also leads the procurement and despatch warehouse. Victoria is working her way up her Taekwondo belts and has just raised £1000 for the Macmillan Cancer Research Foundation by shaving her hair and donating it to charity. She is a true asset to Bodystat and her calm and logical attitude towards tasks help our team members work together perfectly.