Body Analysis

What is Bone Mass?

Bone is a living, growing tissue. During youth, your body makes new bone tissue faster than it breaks down older bone. In young adulthood, bone mass is at its peak; after that, bone loss starts to outpace bone growth, and bone mass decreases. But it's a long and very slow process that can be slowed down even more through calcium-rich diets and weight-bearing exercise.

Who should monitor bone mass?

Most people have no need to monitor bone mass, but certain groups — postmenopausal women, men and women with certain diseases, and anyone who takes medications that affect bone tissue — might want to watch for decreases in bone mass. The bone mass reading is to be used as a guide only. Watch for trends over time and contact your healthcare provider for a more detailed explanation of the readings and with any questions or concerns.

Why should I measure my bone mass?

It's important to measure changes in your bone mass over several years. Try to maintain healthy bones by exercising frequently and consuming a calcium-rich diet.