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Published on November 18th, 2012 | by Kira

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iHealth: Health At The Touch Of A But­ton

In a world where we have con­trol of just about ev­ery­thing through a click of a but­ton, we def­i­nite­ly can­not say the same for our health. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, our med­i­cal sci­ence has just not ad­vanced to the point where I can ad­just my weight with a knob or turn off my cold. But ad­vances nev­er cease, and new tech­nol­o­gy is al­ways com­ing out so that we can bet­ter un­der­stand our bod­ies and take pre­ven­ta­tive steps.

iHealth just came out with two new de­vices to help us track our bod­ies, the iHealth Wire­less Blood Pres­sure Wrist Mon­i­tor and the iHealth Wire­less Body Anal­y­sis ScaleWe re­viewed a few iHealth gad­gets last spring and we are ex­cit­ed to look at these new­er ver­sions. Both of these new de­vices are FDA-ap­proved and can be eas­i­ly con­nect­ed to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch through Blue­tooth. There is a free app that you can down­load, and sync your iOS de­vice with your new scale or blood pres­sure mon­i­tor. With this you can track your health with the fan­cy added fea­tures of col­or­ful graphs and the abil­i­ty to for­ward the da­ta on­to friends, fam­i­ly, or even your doc­tor.

This is par­tic­u­lar­ly great for the Blood Pres­sure Wrist Mon­i­tor. Say you are an in­di­vid­u­al at high risk for heart at­tacks, this mon­i­tor makes it easy to track your blood pres­sure and even alert your med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­er if any­thing comes up ir­reg­u­lar. It is very easy to use and in­flates just like oth­ers that you may have used so that it can take the most ac­cu­rate read­ing pos­si­ble. The one thing one should note, is that if you want to share your da­ta with some­one else they will need to down­load a sep­a­rate pro­gram, the iHealth Vi­tals app, for them to be able to re­ceive the da­ta. The need for an­oth­er app can be a lit­tle con­fus­ing; how­ev­er, once ev­ery­thing is in place the mon­i­tor is quick and easy to use.

The iHealth Wire­less Body Anal­y­sis Scale looks dark­ly fu­tur­is­tic and sleek, and al­so con­nects to your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch through Blue­tooth, and it has a mo­bile app you can use to mon­i­tor any changes you may go through. Big­ger than the ba­sic non-body-anal­y­sis ver­sion, this one has a set of sen­sors for each foot that help it mea­sure new vari­ables. The coolest part of this scale is that it can keep track of up to 20 dif­fer­ent peo­ple at a time, which means your whole fam­i­ly plus friends can eas­i­ly com­pare notes on nine dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics of your body com­po­si­tion. You can an­a­lyze the changes in weight, body fat, lean mass, mus­cle mass, bone mass, body wa­ter, dai­ly calo­rie in­take, body mass in­dex, and vis­cer­al fat rat­ing- lots of da­ta and lots of de­tails, even if not all of them are eas­i­ly tracked or com­plete­ly easy to use (calo­rie count­ing is al­ways an is­sue). Feel free to use the app to set goals and give you re­minders- this is the per­fect tool for any­one di­et­ing or train­ing. Re­mem­ber that you have to be bare foot though, and will need an iOS de­vice (at least for the ini­tial set­up and ev­ery so of­ten).

With tools this so­phis­ti­cat­ed, you can not be too sur­prised to see the price tags: the iHealth Wire­less Blood Pres­sure Wrist Mon­i­tor will run you $80 and the iHealth Wire­less Body Anal­y­sis Scale around $110. If you are a per­son with any blood pres­sure prob­lems, I think you will feel that the iHealth Wire­less Blood Pres­sure Wrist Mon­i­tor could be a good in­vest­ment, but speak with your doc­tor about it. The iHealth Wire­less Body Anal­y­sis Scale is less di­rect­ly con­nect­ed to a par­tic­u­lar health is­sue, but I can cer­tain­ly see a need for it, es­pe­cial­ly if you close­ly mon­i­tor your mus­cle mass and weight. Di­a­bet­ics, those with heart con­di­tions, and ba­si­cal­ly any­one who has been told to mon­i­tor their di­et or body weight should find it help­ful. The body anal­y­sis rat­ings might not be per­fect, but track pret­ty well over time so that even if the base­line is a lit­tle off, the dif­fer­ences and changes are re­al and seemed pret­ty ac­cu­rate. For an av­er­age per­son who just wants their weight, this is a lit­tle too much, and they’ll prob­a­bly be hap­pi­er with a much less ex­pen­sive ba­sic scale.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.



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