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Bone mass - what should it be?

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robinia Thu 18-May-17 07:32:58

I have these fancy scales that give a BMI reading along with fat percentage, muscle mass, water and bone mass. I can find ideal ranges for everything except bone mass. All I can find for bone mass is some calculation where you are measured according to an average and given a plus or minus score - usually as small as 1 or 2 it seems. My bone mass reading is 5.6 - so what does this mean and what is the ideal range?

robinia Thu 18-May-17 19:53:18

Bumping in the hope that someone knows what it's all about!

PacificDogwod Thu 18-May-17 19:57:19

I know of know scale that could assess 'bone mass' in any way reliably confused

Body fat is calculated according to how fast a current passes through your body, so I get fat percentage. Muscle = water in terms of measuring it on a set of scales. I suspect they are promising more than they can deliver?

I'm intrigued...

robinia Fri 19-May-17 19:07:01

I have no idea how it thinks it is done! There are lots of similar scales on the market which also advertise bone mass readings. There is definitely a way of measuring bone mass/mineral density because that's how your osteoporosis risk is assessed. And that's what this +/- average reading is about. But that's as much as I've found out so far.

PacificDogwod Fri 19-May-17 19:47:17

Yes, osteoporosis/bone densinomety is done used x-ray - I sincerely hope your bathroom scales don't use that grin

DEXA scan

And may I take the opportunity to apologise for the truly shocking spelling/grammar? blush
"I know of no scale..."

PacificDogwod Fri 19-May-17 19:47:40


I give up.
<slinks off>

robinia Fri 19-May-17 20:24:05

Haha! One day mumsnet will allow us to edit our posts grin

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