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JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/23/13 9:00 P

Actually, reduced bone density is showing up at earlier ages. All women should be aware of their current bone density in order to prevent further and more disruptive bone loss. The latest recommendations (no need for DEXA scan until age 65) are, in my opinion, the equivalent of closing the barn door after the horse is out.

Men need to be aware, too, but can usually get by waiting until their 50s or 60s.

That being said, I doubt I'd trust a scale to measure my bone density.

Edited by: JULIA1154 at: 1/23/2013 (21:01)
DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,699
1/23/13 8:41 P

I have a Tanita professional scale for my dietitian work. This link will take you to their web site. You can get the pdf of all their owners manuals---which gives information about % body fat, muscle mass, bone mass, etc. It may help explain some of the numbers. What is your type machine, have you checked the website for a manual??

www.tanita.com/en/downloads/

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
1/23/13 4:19 P

They're trying to tell you what percentage of your body weight is from bone or muscle, I'd imagine. However, those scales are notoriously unreliable. Mine only does body fat, but I only use it as a rough guide, to see if I'm going up or down, but I don't take the number as the actual, definite number.

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1/23/13 4:18 P

I've always wondered how they calculate those things -_-;
Googling either term will give you wiki pages and other places that explain what numbers are 'good' and exactly what each means. In general;
Bone mass is just that, mass of your bones. Reduced bone mass is something that menopausal women fear as it means their bones are losing calcium and becoming brittle. Still not sure how a scale determines that.
Muscle mass is, again, mass of your muscles. How much of your weight comes from your muscles (the bigger the number, the more muscle you have). Again, no clue how they determine that or how accurate it is.
I'd stick to using the scale to tell me how much I weigh (though mine isn't even great at that; move it two feet and the number changes -_-; )

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1/23/13 4:13 P

I have one of those newfangled scales that displays all sorts of numbers, just about everything but my hat size, but then gives no indication as to what these various numbers mean or where they fall in comparison to the norms. Anybody have any idea what the "bone mass" measurement is and what the number might mean? Same thing with "muscle mass." No idea what that measurement means either. What are these number trying to communicate? And how do they compare to what's healthy or normal? There's no chart or anything in the instructions, and nothing on the manufacturer's website.

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