Published on November 18th, 2012 | by Kira0
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 Scale. We 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.