Measuring VO2 Max With PNOĒ

VO2 max is a measure of how efficiently your body uses oxygen. Not only that, VO2 max can even be used to predict future medical costs.

What Is VO2 Max?

VO2 max represents the maximum volume of oxygen that an individual can consume and utilize over a certain time period.

What Is VO2 Max?

The measurement reflects the efficiency of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in delivering oxygen to the muscles and other areas of the body.

What Is VO2 Max?

In the past, measuring VO2 max was relegated to the fitness community. It is still widely utilized by professional athletes, who tailor their training based on their numbers.

What Is VO2 Max?

Now, VO2 max has emerged as a critical indicator of the body’s cardiorespiratory health.

What Is VO2 Max?

In fact, the American Heart Association has issued a statement recommending that VO2 max be added to the list of vital signs measured by medical providers. 

How Is VO2 Max Measured?

At Balanced Body Health and Wellness, we utilize the PNOĒ breath analysis system to measure your resting VO2 max. 

How Is VO2 Max Measured?

You will be fitted with a mask that will analyze your respiratory gasses as you breathe normally. 

How Is VO2 Max Measured?

Your VO2 max measurement can then be utilized to create a treatment plan based on one of three metrics:  Longevity, Performance, or Weight Loss.. 

How Is VO2 Max Measured?

You choose which metric you’d like to focus on, and your provider will suggest ways to best reach your goals. 

What Is A Healthy VO2 Max Measurement?

Your optimal VO2 max measurement will depend on a few factors, including your age, gender, fitness level, and whether or not you live at elevation.

What Is A Healthy VO2 Max Measurement?

Ranges can vary quite a bit from person to person. In general, however, the following ranges are applicable:

VO2 Max for Assigned Male Gender

Age   Target VO2 Max (ml/kg/min)

≥ 45

≥ 44 

≥ 42 

≥ 39 

≥ 35 

≥ 32

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

70-79

60-69

VO2 Max for Assigned Female Gender

Age   Target VO2 Max (ml/kg/min)

≥ 39

≥ 37

≥ 36

≥ 33

≥  30

≥ 28

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

70-79

60-69

What Is A Healthy VO2 Max Measurement?

Again, these are guidelines, and your goal VO2 max will be based on factors unique to you. The main idea is to work continually toward improving your score.

How Does VO2 Max Predict Longevity?

VO2 max is the best way to measure Cardiorespiratory Fitness (CRF), which is considered a highly accurate predictor of longevity.

How Does VO2 Max Predict Longevity?

Low CRF levels are associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality, independent of traditional risk factors such as age, gender, and smoking status.

How Does VO2 Max Predict Longevity?

Many diseases are associated with poor oxygen absorption (see below). 

How Does VO2 Max Predict Longevity?

Monitoring and improving CRF via VO2 max measurements can be instrumental in promoting longevity and mitigating the risk of premature death.

Can VO2 Max Predict Disease?

VO2 max can also serve as a valuable tool in predicting the presence of certain medical conditions including... 

Can VO2 Max Predict Disease?

Risk of heart failure, coronary artery disease, and metabolic syndrome. VO2 max testing can also aid in risk stratification and treatment planning. 

VO2 Max Testing In Omaha

In Omaha, Balanced Body Health and Wellness is proud to offer VO2 max testing as part of our functional medicine program. 

VO2 Max Testing In Omaha

We are currently offering a special promotion to make this valuable assessment even more accessible to you. Call or go online today to schedule your analysis!