Indirect Calorimeter Market Size forecast indicates a steady upturn from 2022 to 2028, fostered by the growing preference for non-invasive procedures. The increasing prevalence of obesity is one of the major drivers of the market. As per the 2020 NHS report, ‘Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England’, during the period 2019-20, more than 876,000 hospitalizations across the United Kingdom were associated with obesity, representing a 23% rise from earlier years. About 11,117 of these hospital admissions were directly attributable to obesity, indicating the need to address dietary changes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at-home metabolism tests are expected to gain traction over 2028.
Also known as a metabolic cart, an indirect calorimeter is designed for studying the metabolic system of a patient. It involves the measurement of the respiratory gases, such as carbon dioxide and oxygen, for determining various outcome parameters. As information regarding these parameters, such as metabolic rate, nutritional requirements, and aerobic fitness, can help dieticians and nutritionists to cater to the specific needs of a patient, these devices are increasingly being deployed by healthcare establishments.
Assessing physical fitness, nutritional needs, and metabolic rate are crucial for several other applications including research and clinical trials, nutrition, and sports and overall fitness testing. Owing to the rising investments across R&D ventures, the research institutes segment is likely to exhibit a stable growth through the analysis timeline. Technologically upgraded metabolic carts are an affordable, user-friendly, and portable alternative that support clinical and research applications. Pushed by the availability of comprehensive packages, diagnostic centers are anticipated to represent a substantial portion of the indirect calorimeter industry share by 2028.
Portable indirect calorimeter industry share is recording a considerable growth in terms of revenue, driven by the growing ICU admissions across the world. Healthcare practitioners are deploying indirect calorimeters for accurately determining the energy requirements of ICU patients. As the energy requirements of patients can increase after trauma, sepsis, surgery, and burns, these devices play an important role in preventing underfeeding and overfeeding. Handheld indirect calorimeter market share is expanding due to the rising product use across ambulatory surgical centers amidst the pandemic.
The rising incidence of burn injuries is powering the indirect calorimeter market outlook. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), fires are responsible for more than 265,000 deaths every year across the globe, with causes being electrical burns, scalds, and other types of burns, for which data is unavailable. In India alone, nearly 7 million individuals suffer from burn injuries annually, as per the National Health Portal of India statistics. Patients with burn injuries rely upon these units for meeting their changing caloric requirements.
COSMED, KORR Medical Technologies, MGC Diagnostics, Microlife USA, and ParvoMedics are a few top indirect calorimeter manufacturers in the international landscape. Identifying the potential of innovation for attracting new customers, while retaining the older ones, industry participants are investing in R&D activities for introducing next-generation systems.
In May 2021, U.S.-based health tech, Lumen, announced that it has received peer-reviewed validation for its new product, the world’s first portable metabolism measurement device, after successfully completing clinical trials in 2020. The new handheld product meets laboratory standards, enabling individuals to measure metabolism from the comfort of their home. For the first time, individuals can access real-time metabolic information, enabling them to lose and maintain weight, enhance muscle gain, prevent diabetes, obesity, and metabolic conditions.
Due to the worldwide lockdowns imposed during the consequent waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers are facing unexpected challenges. Having faced supply chain disruptions, shortages of raw materials, and suspension of production and distribution activities, these companies are focusing on bridging the demand-supply gap. They have accelerated their R&D for introducing diverse products in the indirect calorimeter market.
During the pandemic, the concerns regarding metabolic disorders have grown, inducing metabolic cart manufacturers to focus on developing wearable, home-based products. Latest research by the Coronavirus Clinical Characterization Consortium, U.K., reveals that obesity increases COVID-19 mortality rate by nearly 37%.
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