Why you should consider a DEXA Scan

I don’t know about you, but I only heard about the DEXA Scan recently and once I did, I wondered why didn’t I know about it before. Before what, you might ask? Well, if you follow me for a while, you might know that I’ve been struggling with all sorts of diets and for a year now I’m also having some problems with my knee and none of the doctors know what it is.

What can a DEXA Scan do for me? Well for starters, let’s find out more about this technology and I promise you that by the end of this article, you will make an appointment asap.

What is a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) Scan measures bone, fat, and muscle in your body. Doctors order DEXA Scans in order to measure bone mineral density and check if patients are likely to develop osteoporosis. A DEXA Scan is also a reliable way to find out precisely how much fat and muscle you have and how it is distributed in your body.

How can a DEXA Scan help you with weight loss

If you’ve been struggling with diets all the time, you know just how frustrating it gets when you get on the scale and the number doesn’t move an inch. You know you’ve been following it by the book and still, you didn’t lose anything and that ruins everything. Your work, your mood and desire to continue. It’s hard and that’s why a DEXA Scan is by far the best way to get a full and comprehensive idea of your body and what it is made up of.

By taking a DEXA Scan you know exactly the areas where you have to work out more, you know how much fat and muscle is distributed around your body and you can also track your improvement in time. The procedure takes very little time, 7 minutes and you get the results on the spot.

Bone Density

A Bone Densitometry test is used to measure how strong your bones are. DEXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). It is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t take long and has accurate results. It is not so noisy as a CT scan either, which is a big plus.

The DEXA scanner uses two X-ray beams; one high energy and one low energy. It will measure the X-rays that pass through the bone from each beam. This will vary depending on how thick your bone is. Based on the difference between the two beams, the machine determines your bone density.

You can read more about how this procedure works here.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am convinced of DEXA’s Scan benefits and I can’t wait to have one. If you’re concerned about any of the issues mentioned above, do give it a try, it’s better to prevent something than cure it, right?


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