One of the latest trends in the health area is the use of smartwatch and smart bands to track your day. Every technology brand has developed a model with its particularities, but the basic features of step count, heart rate, overall performance during physical activities, and sleep analysis are always present. More advanced features are stress monitor, blood oxygenation, electrocardiogram, and tracking of diets.
Having this data to take on your next medical appointment is great, so you and your physician can understand and monitor what is happening and even help with the diagnosis. This is especially true for patients with cardiac or sleeping disorders. They can also be helpful for medications, as the devices will automatically remember to take the right pill at the right time.
Recent studies have shown that the use of a smartwatch also helps us to stay stuck to our fitness routine, as it will send notifications to remind the user to exercise. With activity tracking, it is easier to meet the fitness goals, with more direct objectives and can keep you updated on progress. Some devices even provide tutorials of easy and short workout sessions to do at home.
It is also possible to pair the watch with other apps and devices so the data can be used in features that may help detect atrial fibrillation, sleep apnea, hypertension, and even diabetes, depending on the linked devices. Some clinics are trading some expensive tests for the use of the personal wearable device, as it will be used every day at home and can substitute surgically implanting a device to track the patient’s heart rhythms.
Some situations might need attention, as the constant tracking of everything, can trigger people with eating disorders or obsessive-compulsive behaviors. So, it has the possibility of doing more harm than good for them. Other than that, the trend of having a smart device on your wrist can be very helpful, as it has the potential to prevent diseases, help you focus on your health goals, and are stylish.
About the Author: MSci Maísa Melo is a Pharmacist and a current PhD student in cosmetic technology, from São Paulo, Brazil. She has earned her master’s degree from the University of São Paulo and has been involved with the development, stability, safety and efficacy of cosmetics since 2013. She has specialized in the clinical efficacy of cosmetics by biophysical and skin imaging techniques as well as the use of alternative models to animal testing. Her research work has been published in several scientific journals and book chapters from the field.