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Basal Metabolic Rate for Paraplegic


I have a client who is paralyzed from the waist down. Is there a way to estimate his BMR since he is confined to a chair?


Utilize the below procedure to estimate your client’s BMR; however, due to your client’s disability, his BMR will be lower due to loss of lean body mass.

Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the sum of all involuntary chemical activities of the cells necessary to sustain life.

BMR can be estimated by:

Then multiply the outcome by 24 (hrs/day). This final number estimates your BMR.