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Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:54 pm
by Ironman
I thought you were talking about some kind of impedance machine. So I looked up dexa. How are you going to get one of those for $200? They look awfully big too. Is there some kind of dexa home version?

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:27 pm
by ApolytonGP
I'm going to pay for a single measurement, not for the machine.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:36 pm
by frogbyte
That just seems enormously wasteful, both of money, and of being unnecessarily irradiated.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:08 pm
by ApolytonGP
People spend 200 like that on plane tickets, stereo equipment, booze, etc. If I choose to buy a measurement, what's the big deal?

I'll go research the radiation exposure, but I'd beg money that you made your comment without having learned how many mrem I will get.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:10 pm
by ApolytonGP
HEre is the wiki on DEXA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_energ ... rptiometry

Sounds like the dose is not that bad. A tenth of a chest x-ray.

There is a cavea about hydration...but I'm WELL familiar with how my weight jumps around based on water-glycogen so I will consider the baseline, intelligently.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:12 pm
by ApolytonGP
Hmmm...I might even see if I can get insurance to cover it! Just something else to enrage JD who wants to triage me into either the "fine" or "fooked" buckets, rather then "fixable". ;)

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:49 pm
by frogbyte
Well if the benefit as zero, so as long as the risk/cost is non-zero, it's not worth it.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:10 pm
by Jungledoc
How exactly would my life change if I knew my exact BF%? And how would it be better if I was confident that the number was precise?

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:22 pm
by ApolytonGP
JD:

Ironman and I spelled it out. Read the little back and forth we had. The new knowledge will motivate me to drop my weight 5 or 10 pounds.

Note also, that if there is a persistent "offset" in one measurement versus another, I can still use the less expensive one in the future for trending, but with the knowledge of the offset.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:30 pm
by ApolytonGP
In all seriousness, what's so radical about 200 bucks? I never even gave myself any weight loss presents. If I payed 200 bucks for a barbell or some skates or such, you wouldn't object, right?

It's gonna be cool, guys. I will report back and tell you what I learn. We'll see if it was worthwhile or not. Life is about trying things. I mean...it's not like I'm shooting smack or something. :)

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:56 pm
by frogbyte
Pay me the 200 bucks and I'll tell you your DEXA %. You can then use the less expensive one in the future for trending, but with the knowledge of the offset.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:09 pm
by ApolytonGP
OK. Peace.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:42 pm
by robertscott
ApolytonGP wrote:I mean...it's not like I'm shooting smack or something. :)
I'd rather have the smack, be a whole helluva lot more fun, and you'd lose weight into the bargain.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:01 pm
by ApolytonGP
I order you to post something in every thread I have started. Chop, chop!

Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:09 am
by Ironman
The main point is really just so you know how much fat you have to lose.