Bathroom scales are a common, popular device in nearly every household, especially among people trying to lose weight. However, there are quite a few reasons why anyone would benefit from using a personal scale from time to time, outside of weight loss. Read on to learn more.

It is a Useful Diagnostic Tool

We all know scales detect weight, but the number on that scale doesn’t always need to be smaller. People who are both overweight and underweight are susceptible to serious health concerns. If overweight, someone’s risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, osteoarthritis, and even some forms of cancer greatly increase. On the flip side, underweight people may experience weakened immune systems, skin problems, hair problems, teeth problems, lethargy, and even decreased bone density.

 

By using a scale, people concerned about their weight can check to make sure they are at a good average for themselves.

You Can Detect Physical Changes

Weight fluctuations aren’t necessarily bad, but when someone starts a new medical treatment, diet, exercise regimen, or daily medication, it is vital to track weight changes. Some treatments and medication may cause unhealthy weight loss, which can severely harm the body. Fad diets may also cause rapid weight loss, which is extremely dangerous and ineffective in the long run.

 

Signs of rapid weight loss (aside from on the scale) include drastic drops in energy level and muscle mass, electrolyte imbalance, and increased risk of gallstones.

Monitor Progress

On a positive note, a personal bathroom scale is an excellent tool to monitor progress. While losing weight isn’t necessarily equivalent to becoming fit, for many people, it is. On the other hand, individuals trying to gain long-term weight can also benefit from tracking their progress.

Extra Tips

Before stepping on the scale itself, there are a few other things to keep in mind. First, remember that scales only measure weight. Muscle mass adds quite a few pounds, and it’s essential to keep your muscle mass. Second, your weight fluctuates during the day. If you gain or lose a few pounds within 24 hours, that’s natural. And finally, obsessing overweight can quickly become detrimental to physical and mental health. Always consult a friend or loved one you trust before choosing to buy a scale.

 

To browse weighing scales and other diagnostic tools, visit Medical Supply Depot.

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