Apple Watch & Fitbit Bring New Era of Health Monitoring Devices

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Apple Watch & Fitbit Bring New Era of Health Monitoring Devices

Today’s modern technology is making it easier to take charge of your health and be alerted to any abnormal changes our bodies may be experiencing.

The Apple Watch is a device that connects to your iPhone and is worn on your wrist. Besides giving you the time and working as an actual watch, it notifies you of messages that come in, phone calls received, and many allow you to track things such as calories eaten or burned, steps taken, and the amount of general daily activity that we partake in each day. It uploads the information through a wireless connection to your phone.

The Fitbit is slightly different from the Apple Watch — it tracks your activity while awake, the amount of steps taken, and your sleep habits and patterns. The Fitbit will keep track of the amount of hours you sleep each night and how many times you get up each night. The Fitbit comes with a wireless base station that uploads the information gathered every time you pass by. It can hold the data in its system for thirty days when you are away from your home. To view the information collected, you simply login to your account on the Fitbit website. The battery life of the Fitbit is ten days, and must be fully recharged after that time.

 

Power to help us take better care of our bodies

 

These two advances in technology have the power to help us take better care of our bodies. Both of these devices can measure our heart rate, our oxygen intake, and our blood pressure at the touch of a button. They can alert you to abnormalities in your bodies normal functions, and they can help you know when you need to seek professional medical care and head to the emergency room.

But there’s so much more these devices can do to help you watch your health, with all of the Apps and add-on hardware available today! Both the Apple Watch and Fitbit are able to monitor glucose levels. In diabetics, your glucose level dropping too low or staying too high can mean death, and other health complications. The “normal” way to test blood sugar is by picking your finger with a device to draw blood, and feeding that blood into your meter. These devices offer pain-free monitoring, that is as easy and constant as pressing a button. Those who utilize either device for glucose monitoring have less drastic high readings and low readings, and spend less time in the hospital, and more time just living life.

The Apple Watch and the Fitbit both are able to track breathing patterns, heart rate patterns, and have been known to detect heart attacks before they become serious. They pick up on dangerous heart rhythms, and alert you to them, allowing you to get medical help. These features are wonderful for those with heart issues, blood pressure issues, and irregular heart beats. They allow you to monitor them at the push of a button, without having to drag around bulky medical equipment.

Both have an app that allow you to monitor the air quality, making it a valuable tool for those with asthma, COPD, and other respiratory issues. They pick up and sense the air quality, which allergens are in the air, the pollen count for where you are, and how well you are breathing. A mobile spirometer, which tracks the usefulness of the breaths you are taking, can alert you to potential dangers before you have symptoms. There is also a feature that measures lung capacity, how well your body is using oxygen, and your oxygen levels. Those who use this feature have less rescue inhaler use, leading to less time in the hospital.

The Apple Watch offers an app for anxiety control, offering prompts and warning you, based on your body’s vital signs, when you need to slow down and just take a deep breath.

Another useful feature of the watch is the app that helps you track the amount of alcohol in your blood, preventing accidents caused by imbibing too much alcohol and attempting to drive. With this feature, you will know when it would be prudent to take a taxi or let someone else drive.

And of course, the most popular use of the watch is to track the levels of physical exercise you engage in each day. These devices expertly track and monitor your calorie intake and the amount of calories you burn, as well as your weight itself, allowing you to better take control of your weight. It tracks the amount of steps walked, the amount of steps ran, and how far you walked or ran each day. It gives you an accurate reading of how effective the workout you are engaging in is for your body, and a map of your walk or run. It monitors your heart rate while engaging in exercise, and can alert you to a dangerously high heart rate and low oxygen levels. It also alerts you to low glucose levels, and how well your lungs are functioning, distributing oxygen throughout your body, and preventing cramps. It can help you monitor and keep track of the foods you are consuming, and alert you to when it is time for you to eat again.

There are so many different things the Apple Watch and Fitbit can do to help you to take charge of your health! There are so many innovative technological advances available to help you monitor your health, that can help alert you to potential problems before they arise. Both of these devices will empower you to take charge of your health, to pay attention to how you feel, and to seek help when you need it.

 

 

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