Body Composition Specialist

Vital Health Scores

Integrative Diagnostic & Treatment Center located in Traverse City, MI

Douglas Wigton, DO, is an alternative medicine specialist with an excellent reputation for his innovative approach to care. At Vital Health Scores in Traverse City, Michigan, Dr. Wigton uses the DEXA scanner to assess body composition and bone density, which he uses to assist in optimizing your health, well-being, and longevity. To schedule a body composition test, call today or schedule an appointment online.

Body Composition Q & A

What is body composition?

Body composition is a measurement of your fat and fat-free mass, or muscle. Knowing your body composition provides Dr. Wigton a lot of information about your health and helps him develop protocols to increase your well-being and longevity.

What is the DEXA Scanner?

The DEXA Scanner is an advanced imaging tool Dr. Wigton uses to assess body composition. The scanner measures:

  • Total body fat
  • Visceral fat
  • Bone density
  • Muscle mass

The scan is painless, only takes a few minutes, and provides a wealth of information about you and your health.

What is visceral fat?

Visceral fat is a type of fat located in your abdominal cavity. Unlike subcutaneous fat, the fat under your skin that you can pinch, visceral fat produces inflammatory hormones that may increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Determining the amount of visceral fat you have surrounding your internal organs helps Dr. Wigton develop a preventive treatment plan aimed at reducing visceral fat and your health risk.

What are osteoporosis and osteopenia?

Changes in bone health often go unnoticed because they don’t cause symptoms. A DEXA scan can assess bone health and your risk of osteoporosis or osteopenia.


Osteoporosis is a bone condition that causes your bones to become weak and brittle because your body can’t make enough new bone to replace the bone you lose from bone reabsorption. This process increases your risk of fractures.


Osteopenia also causes weakened bones, but to a lesser degree than osteoporosis.

If your bones are weak, Dr. Wigton provides treatment recommendations to prevent further bone loss and reduce your risk of fracture, such as changes to your diet to increase your intake of bone-building nutrients and exercises to strengthen the bone.

Does knowing my body composition help with weight loss?

Yes. Dr. Wigton uses the body composition measurements to assess your body mass index (BMI). Your BMI helps him assess health risks and determine your resting metabolic rate, the number of calories your body burns at rest. He uses this information to develop a weight reduction and exercise program to maximize weight loss and improve health.

To learn about your body composition, call Dr. Douglas Wigton at Vital Health Scores today or schedule an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary.