How To Prepare for a Dexa Scan

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Dexafit is dedicated to providing our customers with the health and wellness tools, benefits, and information they both want and need for their fitness journey. We are always working to push the limits of how you view your body, your fitness, and your health and wellness goals. While we offer many exclusive services that can revolutionize how you exercise and live, one of our most popular services is the Dexa (DXA) Scan. We at Dexafit understand that your body is changing all the time, but you can only tell so much from just looking at the outside. Our Dexa Scan offers you one of the most trusted and accurate methods of finding out whats going on inside your body.

What is a Dexa Scan?

The Dexa (DXA) Scan is an FDA approved procedure that gives you a closer look at your body than you have ever had before. It offers you an advantage in meeting and surpassing your health and weight loss goals while also returning data on how you're doing on the inside. The Dexa Scan is an easy enough process, but it does require some prior preparation. But what exactly is a Dexa Scan? If you're still a little unsure, you are not alone:

The DXA in Dexa Scan stands for Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry. This means that the scan uses two (dual) X-ray beams to scan your body in a thorough yet noninvasive way. Due to this, we can guarantee that the exposure to radiation is low. The DXA Scan itself is brief, taking between 10-20 minutes to completely and accurately test your body composition. The two X-ray beams scan your body from top to bottom, carefully measuring your bone density, muscle composition, as well as the amount of fat you carry and how it is distributed throughout your body. Before undergoing the scan, however, there are a few ways to prepare.  

How to Prepare for Your Dexa Scan

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One of the best things about the Dexa Scan is that preparing for the procedure is a breeze. The only prior requirement is that you avoid calcium supplements for 24 hours before undergoing the scan. Aside from this, all preparations take place just moments before the scan and are all extremely easy. Many people find the Dexa Scan to be super convenient because it allows them to pop in and out without much hassle. The Dexa Scan itself is quick and simple. All you have to do is show up to the proper Dexafit location at your allotted appointment time, put on a gown, and remove jewelry and any metal objects from your person. Once this has been done, you'll take the scan and be done with the whole procedure in thirty minutes or less. After the scan, most people return to their daily activities without issue.

If you are pregnant, however, be sure to alert your physician as well as the x-ray technologist. Though the scan is safe, there are further adjustments that can be made to minimize exposure and risk to your baby. While you can certainly take the scan while pregnant, we do recommend waiting until after your baby is born, if possible.

What Exactly Does the Scan Do?

The Dexa Scan is designed and used to identify any and all problems, diseases, and conditions in the body. By looking at bone density and body composition, the scan can check for certain diseases like liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis before they actually occur. The scan looks for internal warning signs of these diseases that might not show themselves until after its too late, giving you a useful advantage in reclaiming your health before problems develop.

In addition to looking for these diseases, the Dexa Scan can also find weak points in your body. These weak points include areas where muscle mass is thinning or where fractures are more likely to happen. With this knowledge, you can give special attention to these areas to strengthen them and lower the risk of injury.

Finally, the Dexa Scan also measures your body composition. This includes the amount of body fat you carry as well as how and where it is carried in the body. The Dexa Scan returns measurement data on deep belly fat, also known as visceral fat, and can be used to help identify and diagnose certain diseases and health problems like cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and type-2 diabetes. The scan is so thorough that it will be able to find excess fat between organs, identify problem areas, and determine issues like high cholesterol and metabolic disturbances. With the Dexa Scan, you are really getting a behind-the-scenes look at your body, giving you the knowledge and control you need to prevent health issues, lose weight, and improve your overall fitness.

Results: What You'll Learn and How to Proceed

After the Dexa Scan, your results will return data on your percentage of visceral fat, weak points within the body, warning signs of possible health issues and diseases, and more. This information might be overwhelming at first, but it offers you a comprehensive look at where your body is healthwise.

The results of your Dexa Scan are meant to help you know how much exercise you need, the type of diet you should start, the best ways to build muscle mass, and how to pull your body into the best shape of your life. You can learn how to target specific problem areas of visceral fat, thinning muscle, and brittle bones as well as gain pointers on how to improve fitness and overall health and wellbeing.

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Creating workouts, dietary plans, and wellness goals around the specific needs of your body are important steps for feeling better and living longer. For example, with the help of the Dexa Scan, you can identify the exact location of lean muscle in your body. This information is important because lean muscle plays an important role in the regulation of your metabolism as well as prevents bone thinning and helps prevent chronic diseases and pathologic conditions. Focusing on your muscles and strengthening them also improves blood sugar, sleep, and your balance! When your blood sugar is regulated, your balance is stable, and your sleep is sound and refreshing, you will find that your quality of life improves exponentially. Imagine how much better you can feel and look when you work on improving the different areas indicated in your Dexa Scan results.

Why You Should Get a Dexa Scan


In short, the Dexa Scan has the power to improve your life. This scan offers a simple way to tremendously alter how you view your health and wellness, while also giving you the tools to change how you approach fitness and diet. The scan also helps you to work closely with your doctor about potential issues with your body. By pinpointing and determining problem areas, you and your doctor can make plans prevent and handle any health issues that come your way. With the help of the Dexa Scan, you will always know what's going on with yourself.

Sign Up for Yours Today!

The Dexa Scan is all about the individual. It provides accurate results about your body that help you understand it better than ever. This information is absolutely priceless when it comes to finding ways to improve your health, wellness, and quality of life. If a Dexa Scan sounds like a great idea to you, you can sign up for one today. We have locations from San Francisco, California to Boca Raton, FL, and just about everywhere in between. When you find a location nearest you, you can easily set up an appointment to get your own Dexa Scan done!