The Daily Mail reports that “a breath test that works out exactly how many calories you should eat has been launched in the UK.”
The technology, developed by HealtheTech, works by measuring the Resting Metabolic Rate or RMR, which is the number of calories the body burns to maintain essential functions such as heart rate, brain activity and breathing.
RMR can represent up to 75 per cent of the total metabolism in someone who leads a sedentary lifestyle, and is therefore an important factor in how efficiently calories will be burned off.
The machine, which has four sensors, works by measuring the difference between the amount of oxygen inhaled and exhaled.
The sensors take into account surrounding air conditions–the pressure, humidity, temperature and oxygen levels–and from that it calculates how much oxygen is used with each breath.
According to the manufacturer the device has the following features:
The MedGem measurement is easy to administer and provides accurate results in 10 minutes or less. MedGem is important for monitoring your patient’s condition and resulting changes in VO2 and resting metabolic rate. Accurate VO2 and RMR is critical to nutrition assessment for successful weight management, improved medical outcomes, improved diabetic control, and overall health and wellness.
Accuracy: MedGem has been clinically validated against the “gold standard” Douglas Bag technique to demonstrate accurate measurement of VO2 and determination of RMR.
Portability: Weighing less than 5 ounces, MedGem can go with you wherever you go.
Affordability: With bundled purchase options available, you can choose the right per measurement cost for your facility.
Simplicity: Plug it in, begin self calibration (30 seconds or less), and the MedGem is ready to complete a measurement in 10 minutes or less.
Sterility: No complex cleaning or sterilization procedures required, MedGem comes with single-use breathing attachments for easy preparation and clean-up.
MedGem® is an FDA-approved device.
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