Obesity is one of the biggest health problems and leading causes of death in the world. Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) is a useful way to get to know your body using medical-grade technology that can help to transform your health and fitness with science.
A DXA scan provides one of the most highly accurate measurements of body composition available, registering fat and lean mass distribution throughout the entire body. In simple terms, the scan is capable of detailing overall, as well as regional, fat mass, lean mass, and bone mass.
What does a DXA Scan show?
- Total body fat
- Visceral fat
- Diffuse fat deposition
- Muscle mass
- Bone mineral density
Who Should have a DXA Scan?
- People classed as overweight based on body mass index (BMI).
- Men with a waist circumference of ≥90 cm. and women with a waist circumference of ≥80cm.
- Athletes and active people.
- People who suffer from chronic ill health, such as muscle disorders and metabolic disorders.
DXA has become well accepted as a standard tool for measuring body fat. DXA tests are easy, fast and painless. By doing a DXA assessment, you can immediately see changes in your body composition so you can be proactive with your health. Remember, it is important to measure body fat correctly to manage it effectively.