DEXA Body SCan
How many times have you stepped on the scale and felt defeated by the number you saw?
ME, ME, ME!!!!
What does that number really mean though? We often forget that the number on the scale, is telling us much more than how fat we are. The thing is, it can be hard to understand that without having a full body composition done. There are several different methods of testing your body composition, but one of the most accurate is the DEXA scan. Which I had the opportunity to try out recently!
First off, DEXA stands for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. It's main purpose is to assess whether a person's bones are weak and or at risk of fracture. It's also used to assess body composition and determine a persons level of visceral fat. Which is the fat that surrounds your organs. It also tells you your body fat, fat free mass, resting metabolic rate and breakdown of muscle mass in your body.
The process is SUPER easy. Much easier than the hydrostatic water testing method which is probably the second most accurate but, in my opinion, terrifying! For the DEXA scan you don't have to do much to prepare ahead of time. The only thing they recommend is if you are taking a calcium supplement, to stop taking it 24 hours before hand. Other than that you just show up ready to go!
Once I arrived for my DEXA scan, I was weighed and my height was measured, then I was taken to a room that had a giant table with a mechanical arm above it. All metal was removed then I was instructed to lay flat on the table. The scan itself took about 6 minutes then the doctor discussed my results with me for about 10 minutes. The entire process from start to finish was about 20 minutes which for this busy mamma was perfect!
I left feeling pretty good about my results too! Love knowing that my bone mineral density is perfect at this time, that my body fat is in a healthy range, that I have very little visceral fat and that my fat free mass (muscles, bones, organs, etc.) is in the higher range. A VERY healthy report as the doctor told me.
I'll be honest, when I stepped on the scale and saw the number I was a bit disappointed. However, when I left with an exact breakdown of my full body composition I felt happy and satisfied knowing that number means so much more than just a number! I highly recommend to go and have your body composition tested, preferably with a DEXA scan! While insurance doesn't typically cover it, the cost is relatively inexpensive and the information you receive is very insightful!
Disclaimer: The cost of my scan was compensated in exchange for my review but all opinions are my own :-)