WEIGH Yourself On a Good Scale

Keep track of your weight each day to help you feel better. It is important to write the number down on your calendar. Knowing how much you weigh each day helps your doctor know if your body has extra fluid. Take your weight calendar record with you when you go to see the doctor.

Do I have a digital scale at home?

Please think about what scale you buy to use at home. Talk with your nurse if you are not able to buy a scale.

What should I look for when buying a scale?

Nurses at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines have tested many home scales for ease of use and correct weight. We know how important a correct weight is for your health.

Look for these features:

  • Will weigh up to 440 pounds
  • Large LED display
  • Light stays on after stepping off the scale
  • Low to the ground
  • Largest space for your feet
  • No need to tap the scale to weigh
  • Weighs the same when you test it a few times

What scale or type of scale should I use?

Digital ScaleThe Taylor 7405 electronic scale is available from UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Home Care. Call 515-241-4663 for more information. It is sold at their store on the Iowa Methodist Medical Center campus (across from the Information Desk in the Atrium Gift shop) and also at Iowa Lutheran Hospital and Methodist West Hospital. It is also available online at taylorusa.com, walmart.com, or target.com.

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