Now you can measure your own bone mass at home
Your bones are living tissues, and are constantly being renewed during the process of “bone remodeling”. While old bone is being broken down and and removed in a process known as resorption, new bone is being laid down to replace it during the process of bone formation. Age factors into this process. During childhood and adolescence, bone formation is happening more quickly than resorption so your bones are becoming larger, heavier, and denser. This pattern continues until your hit your peak mass in your early 30’s. Then, the pace of formation slows down while the rate of resorption increases.
Many factors influence your peak bone mass. Genetic factors such as gender and race have the most significant effect on bone mass followed by nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle behaviors such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
As you age, there are health considerations related to decreasing bone mass of which you need to be aware. Osteopenia , or low bone mass, is commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 50. A diagnosis of osteopenia puts you at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis, a disease that results in a structural deterioration of bone. Your bones become very fragile which puts you at an increased risk for fractures.
If you have concerns about bone density, testing is the only way to measure bone mass to determine how strong your bones are. A DXA scan is one of the most common of these types of tests and must be performed by a radiology technician.
However, you can measure your bone mass at home with Ivy Health Labs Body Analysis Scale.
A one step process, literally
Measuring your bone mass at home with the Body Analysis Scale is easy — simply step on our smart scale to monitor not only your bone mass, but seven other measurements, such as muscles mass and total body fat, that provide you with important information on the state of your overall health.
The Body Analysis Scale is easily synced up with your mobile device, and using the Ivy Health mobile app, you can collect and store data about your bone density that can then let you know whether you need to make some lifestyle changes to help keep your bones as strong and as healthy as possible.
Tracking bone mass over time
Measuring your bone mass at home with Ivy Health Lab’s Body Analysis Scale makes tracking bone mass over time a way to establish trends about your bone mass – is it remaining relatively constant or are you starting to see a loss of mass.
Not only does using the scale provide you with information about your bone mass, but it provides invaluable data for your doctor in the form of graphs and charts thanks to our app.
With Ivy Health Labs Body Analysis Scale, you can take an active role in preserving the health of your bones to reduce your risk of developing osteopenia and/or osteoporosis.