Last week I participated in a bone health assessment conducted by Tulane University’s Department of Biostatistics. It is a very interesting study on osteoporosis. And I do not think I was at risk for that particular disease but I decided to participate anyways.
The part that I was most interested in was my body scan. So my bones are fine, but the test was able to calculate that percentage of fat in my different body parts and show me this creepy boy scan of a snowman looking thing and trying to convince me it was me! Ok, I’m joking it was me, but I think it looks quite similar to a snowman. Here’s the link to the snowman picture, which is hard to see and an example of one of the four scans of my bones. 20111214071846277
Here are my fat percentages:
|Trunk (mid section)||38.2%|
A healthy percentage for my age is below 31.5%. So interesting enough excluding my head, the only part of my body that has a healthy fat percentage is my left leg. But my left body has more muscle than my right even though I’m right-handed. My right leg is almost there! But that right arm? I have to work on that.
But for anyone who is interested in the study here are the details:
- You must be 18 years old
- No severe uncontrolled chronic diseases
- Be willing to have blood drawn for genetic testing
The test didn’t take long at all less than an hour including everything. You get rewarded with a $25 gift card (mine was a Walmart card). The tests are given in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. You have to make an appointment for your scan though. You can contact them and ask about the Louisiana Osteoporosis Study.Baton Rouge 3870 Convention Street Baton Rouge, LA 70806 225-381-2721 or 225-381-2723 firstname.lastname@example.org New Orleans 1440 Canal Street NOLA 70112 504-988-1016 or 504-988-1056 email@example.com
Go out and get your bone scan and find out how healthy your bones are! Who couldn’t use a $25 gift card?
And as far as my strenuos week goes I’m hanging on. Looking forward to a victory on Saturday! I’ll tell you all about my week on Friday.