January 16, 2024


Fully fundable up to $150 for CrowdHealth members in January 2024.

What is a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA scan, which stands for Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, is a medical imaging technique provides detailed information about body composition by measuring different components of the body. The key measurements obtained from a DEXA scan include:

  1. Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT): DEXA scans can estimate the amount of visceral fat, which is the fat stored around internal organs. This measurement is important for assessing abdominal obesity and associated health risks. More on that in a minute! 
  2. Bone Mineral Density (BMD): DEXA scans assess bone health by measuring bone mineral density. This measurement helps in diagnosing osteoporosis and assessing the risk of fractures.
  3. Total Body Fat Percentage: DEXA calculates the percentage of total body weight that is composed of fat. This measurement helps in evaluating overall body composition.
  4. Abdominal, Hip and Thigh Fat Distribution: DEXA can provide specific measurements of fat distribution in key areas of the body, such as the android (abdominal) and gynoid (hip and thigh) regions.
  5. Fat Mass Index (FMI): Similar to Body Mass Index (BMI), FMI is a measure of body fat content adjusted for height. It provides a more accurate assessment of body fat levels.

We like DEXA scans primarily for assessing Visceral fat!

The importance of reducing visceral fat lies in improving overall health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Here are some key reasons why reducing visceral fat is beneficial:

  1. Metabolic Health: Excess visceral fat is linked to insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. By reducing visceral fat, insulin sensitivity will improve, helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
  2. Cardiovascular Health: Visceral fat is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. Losing visceral fat will contribute to better heart health.
  3. Inflammation: Visceral fat is metabolically active and can release inflammatory substances. Chronic inflammation is a risk factor for various diseases, so reducing visceral fat lowers inflammation levels in the body.
  4. Liver Health: Excessive visceral fat can contribute to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). By reducing visceral fat, the risk of liver-related complications decreases.
  5. Overall Well-being: A healthy body composition, with lower levels of visceral fat, is often associated with improved energy levels, better mobility, and an enhanced sense of well-being.

We are excited to allow members of CrowdHealth access to DEXA scans that are full fundable up to $150 in January! These DEXA scans must include a measurement of visceral fat to be eligible. We unfortunately do not have a comprehensive database so look on your favorite search engine to find your nearest DEXA location.