A recent publication in the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics including 550 participants indicates a high predictive value of ECW/TBW ratio in assessing frailty and locomotive syndrome risk.
The higher the ECW/TBW ratio, the higher the risk of locomotive syndrome risk and frailty.
The ECW/TBW ratio was higher in participants with locomotive risk, frailty and sarcopenia.
A very high ECW/TBW ratio strongly reflected late frailty stage and early locomotive risk.
The findings suggested that “locomotive syndrome risk and frailty were significantly associated with an increase in the ECW/TBW ratio, whereas sarcopenia was not.”
Bodystat’s Prediction Marker, although it is also a measurement of ECW/TBW, the ratio is actually of impedance (200kHz/5kHz).
The reason for using an impedance ratio instead of the actual value of water in litres is threefold:
- No algorithms
- No input data (age, weight, height, gender)
- Direct measurement of the body, resulting in a more accurate measurement.
So with this in mind, it will appear that the Prediction Marker should also be considered as an even more accurate early indicator of frailty and locomotive syndrome risk.