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    Default good bone density numbers

    Just wondering, that is an average / good bone density number? My scale has an option to calculate it, not sure how accurate it is, nor do i have any clue of what a good number is.

    It gave me a reading of 8.2 (up from 8.0 back in May) is that good?

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    Not sure (havent got to that yet in my training...lol) BUT I do know that good aerobic exercise will actually make bones stronger... I'll see what I can find out...
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    thanks!
    i've heard weight lifting and actually just walking do wonders for bone density. I've looked all over the net so far to get a chart of whats good and whats not, (like you can find for weight / body fat) and can find nothing. so weird!

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    My scales keep going from 7.3.1 to 7.3.5 i dont know what it means either, lol.

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    I'm pretty sure that Bone Density through a scale is probably about as accurate as looking into a crystal ball! LOL

    I'm trained on screening bone density through an Ultrasonometer, in where the ankle is put in a well, then these balloons fill up with water on either side of the ankle and the ultrasound waves are sent through.

    The results or Stiffness Index are in 2 scores:
    A T score
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    a Z score

    The T score represents the patient's stiffnes index above or below a reference "Young Adult" mean. The "Normal" region is +1 and -1. The Osteopenic reage is from -1 to -2.5. The Osteoporotic region is anything below -2.5.

    The Z score represents the patient's Stiffness Index above or below the expected age-matched value. In women, decreases in teh Stiffness Index begin after age 35. The ideal Z score is 0.

    I'm not sure what your scale is measuring and what those numbers mean.

    But the good news is, men are 1/3rd likely to suffer from bone density issue than women.

    Lifting weights, and impact aerobics help increase bone density greatly!

    I'm going to see if I can find out any more.

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    if it is as accurate as its body fat reading i am not putting much faith in the scale. Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BolanRox View Post
    if it is as accurate as its body fat reading i am not putting much faith in the scale. Thanks for the help!
    I just use mine as a guide, but you can tell if you are losing fat after a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BolanRox View Post
    Just wondering, that is an average / good bone density number? My scale has an option to calculate it, not sure how accurate it is, nor do i have any clue of what a good number is.

    It gave me a reading of 8.2 (up from 8.0 back in May) is that good?
    Any increase in bone density is good. However, I wouldn't rely on scales, for either that or bodyfat levels. The waist measurement along side weight gain is a better way to work out muscle/ bone mass. Don't be fooled by the supposedly low number of men that can get osteoporosis, my husband has it, medication caused (necessary medication to keep him alive).

    Okay, here goes on bone density increasing, excuse errors in terminology, but it is effectively correct if you follow: when stress is placed on a muscle, weight bearing, the muscle insertion (tendons) pull on the bone, which causes the bone to increase in mass in order to assist the muscle (or something like that). However, the spine will not increase in density if bicep curls are being performed, it will only affect the bone of the upper arm; so bone density may not be equal all across the body, only in those areas where the bone is being challeged via the muscular work done will the bone respond and increase its density.

    The Sun Salutation in yoga does use the spine because the whole body is moved using body weight etc, while the spine is going through an almost complete range of motion; but there are probably exercises out there that will do the same. All you need to work out is which muscle that is attached to which bone(s) is doing the work/ taking the strain, and that will give you a rough idea of which bones are increasing in density.

    Hope this helps...I just realised, my head is full of way too much junk

 

 

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