Metabolic Testing

Metabolic Testing

LapSurgery Australia is proud to announce that we are now offering metabolic testing with our new ECAL technology. ECAL is the world’s first Energy Testing System designed specifically to aid practitioner management of Chronic diseases such as Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes.

Using ECAL we can gather key physiological data that allows us to:

  1. Perform a valid, reliable and accurate assessment of your metabolic profile.
  2. Classify your metabolism as slow, normal or fast.
  3. Determine if you are using glucose (carbohydrate) or fat to generate energy.
  4. Assess your mitochondrial function.
  5. Determine the success or failure of your diet, exercise or lifestyle changes.

The test itself is a 5-minute breath test. You will be asked to relax and breathe into a mouth piece for around 5 minutes. The ECAL machine will measure the levels of carbon-dioxide you are breathing out which will be used in calculations to determine your metabolic profile. Your session will also involve an assessment before the test and a summary of the results of the test and recommended actions. The test results are processed immediately.

With ECAL, an individual’s metabolic rate (or energy production) is accurately assessed using Indirect Calorimetry, the gold standard for assessing human metabolism. Information gathered from ECAL includes daily energy requirement at rest in calories, how this energy is being produced (whether from fat or carbohydrate), and the efficiency with which cells use oxygen for energy production. Such technology was previously only available to elite athletes and academic researchers.

Energy production can vary significantly both at different times during the day, and from day to day, depending on different factors such as physical activity, diet, digestion, body temperature, heart rate and stress levels.

To ensure a valid and reliable test result, and to get the most out of the test, it is very important that you refrain from any activities likely to cause an energy fluctuation. It is also desirable to conduct subsequent tests at similar times of the day.

Therefore, you must take certain steps, prior to testing, to ensure it is as accurate as possible:

  • Do not eat or drink anything, apart from water, for at least 4 hours prior to the test.
  • However, you should not fast for longer than 12 hours before the test
  • Do not smoke; consume caffeine or nutritional supplements at least 4 hours prior to the test.
  • Continue to take all prescribed medication as per normal.
  • Do not exercise for at least 12 hours prior to the test.
  • Wear comfortable clothing so as to be as relaxed as possible.
  • If unwell, rebook the test.

To learn more about the ECAL system visit www.metabolichealthsolutions.org/ecal-technology/

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