Updated: Feb 6, 2019
Jacinta King is one of the practicing dietitians and nutritionists at Physique Science. Here she talked about DEXA and assessing your bone health.
One of the really great things about the DEXA scan is that it looks at your bone health, something exclusive to DEXA that no other general body composition tool can do.
Because DEXA uses x-rays the DEXA can measure your bone mineral density, which is basically a screening for osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a condition of low bone mineral density. A lot of people are diagnosed with osteoporosis much later in life so we tend to think of it as something that we can worry about later on, but you actually reach your peak bone mass at around 30 years of age.
So it's always a good idea to know how your bone health is tracking from an earlier age so you have more of a chance to improve it.
With the DEXA scans you have with us for body composition, it provides an indication rather than a diagnosis, but if we find that it is tracking low and we think you could benefit from further testing, we can pass that information on to your GP and they can help manage you further.