Bioelectrical impedance scales/DEXA

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   Posted 9/2/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know if home-quality bioelectrical impedance scales that measure your body fat percentage are accurate?
My old university's exercise science lab charges 10 bucks to have it done on theirs, I'm sure they have a version that costs $1500 though and is intended for commercial use...
Edit: Also meant to ask about DEXA(Dual X ray absorptiometry).  This scan measures both body fat percentage and bone density.   I'm interested in measuring bone density because of years of drinking 80% pepsi /virtually no water; and they say a lot of soda can leach the calcium out of your, does anyone know where you can do these scans, and how much they cost?  I don't currently have insurance(declined over Lyme) and it will be a few months before I become eligible for my state's assigned risk health plan(and even then it may not pay for this).

Post Edited (rcenters) : 9/2/2009 7:51:49 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/6/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi rcenters,

Sorry I cannot address the questions about measuring body fat etc. because I don't know anything about this. The bone scans are pricey, but the first scan I ever got was a free screening done at a local pharmacy. It is not unusual for free screenings to be done at chain-type stores or even local health clinics or heath "fairs". The typical screening is done on a little device that measures bone density in the heel of your foot. They typically give you a report right there on the spot that tells you where you are on a "scale". It will recommend you see your doctor if the test shows you are in the abnormal range. It's not as good a test as the expensive scans, but it can help you decide if you need to seek medical advice. Plus, you can take the free screening report with you to the doctor to show why you are concerned. It came in handy for me. It's one of the best free things I have ever received!

Best wishes to you, bablymers mom
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