Tag Archives: Bioelectrical impedance analysis

BIA Continued

23 Mar
English: bone density femur female

English: bone density femur female (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought I’d finally tell you the  results of the BIA I had last month. You’ve waited long enough. I know You could hardly wait. It’s ok. You can exhale now.

All kidding aside… the results overall were good. I’m in a healthy range on all the measurements. My weight which is perfectly fine for my height is about 10 pounds higher than I’m used to. I’m trying not to care about that. The one thing I am slightly worried about is my bone density. While in the normal range, my bone density is on the lower side of normal. The dietitian explained to me that you stop growing your bones at age 15 and after that it’s all about maintenance. I prefer not to take supplements but rather get my vitamins and minerals from my food.

I’d love to hear how you ensure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin d.

Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA)

19 Feb
English: Soehnle body scale with integrated bo...

English: Soehnle body scale with integrated body fat and water monitor. Dansk: Soehnle badevægt med integreret kropsfedtmåler og kropsvandmåler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today I am having my first Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA). I didn’t even know what that was before today. BIA is being offered as part of our wellness plan at work. Should be interesting. I thought I was just meeting with a dietician. I admit to being a little scared when I read, “due to the use of a small electrical pulse, those who are pregnant or have a pacemaker should not use BIA.” Of course I am neither pregnant nor do I have a pacemaker. But still.

 

Apparently the BIA device looks like a bathroom scale and you just stand on it barefoot for a minute to find out your body composition profile, including weight, body fat % (total and segmental), body water %, muscle mass, bone mass, daily calorie needs, metabolic age and physique rating. It’s a way to track your progress over time, for things like trying to become more fit, better hydrated or to simply have an idea of health status as time goes by.