I’ve been consistently tracking my biomarkers for over 25 years, using various wearable technology and I’m amazed at the advances being made in this field today. Wearables have gone from only being able to count your steps or monitor your heart rate to now being able to provide you with a wide array of health status information at the touch of a button.
I got my very first wearable in 1991 when I was training intensely – running six miles per day, six days a week for 10K races. I wore the monitor around my chest and it connected to a wristwatch which gave me my target heart rate. That was it – it could only monitor one biometric and nothing else! It was uncomfortable but a state of the art tool at the time, and I was grateful to have one. Since then, I’ve used the Fitbit, Jawbone and the Oura Ring (which I still love, although it’s limited in capabilities!) and I’m familiar with many other wearables. I’m so glad that this technology has become so much more compact, innovative and functional in recent years. This means that we can wear one all the time for maximum benefit (the more time that we wear it, the more info it can gather) while barely noticing that we’re wearing it.
But why does trackable health data really matter to us? What can we do with it? The immediate feedback that wearables gather arms us with detailed knowledge that we can use to make wiser lifestyle decisions and to help identify potential health issues early on. Self care is the new health care, and prevention is key to ultimate wellness and longevity. It allows us to give our medical providers a much more detailed and complete picture of our current and past health status. Ultimately, wearables give us the tools to take charge of our health in real time and give us a much more accurate understanding of how we’re doing than we would have without them.
I’ve recently discovered a new wearable that really blew my mind! HELO, short for Health and Lifestyle Oracle, is a ‘smart’ A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) wristband that’s capable of much more than any other wearable that I’m aware of. Check out this comparison chart for an ‘at a glance’ view of the capabilities of a bunch of different wearables, including HELO.
It can track everything from the more common biometrics like steps taken, calories burned, heart rate and sleep quality, but it can also take an ECG/EKG (Electro-cardiogram), blood pressure, and soon, HELO will even be able to monitor levels of blood sugar, blood alcohol, oxygen saturation and ovulation. Imagine how useful HELO will be for diabetics and others with blood sugar imbalances and metabolic syndrome. No more finger pricks 4 to 6 times per day! HELO can even monitor your mood, breathing and energy levels. Wow!
Beyond biometric markers, HELO also has a panic button (and GPS) that can alert family or friends immediately (by text and email) if you’re in distress and it allows for remote monitoring of your loved ones biomarkers – great for piece of mind when you’re concerned about elderly or ill family members. The more you use HELO, the better it becomes at recognizing your health behaviors and patterns and the more accurate it becomes as a result. That’s how A.I. works. In the video below, I show you my HELO band and explain a bit more about why I’m so excited about it.
I’m convinced that HELO is going to create a new era of preventive medicine by facilitating people to be their own health advocate, empowering them to self-monitor and take charge of their body. I’ve partnered up with HELO so that I can share it’s amazing benefits with my patients and my community in a much bigger way.
For any health practitioners in my community who are interested in potentially sharing the HELO band with your patients and clients, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love for us to team up together to help the world feel better and live longer, starting today!
To find out more about how you can self-monitor with real-time feedback by using wearables that will revolutionize your ultimate wellness and longevity, click here for a free Wearable Devices 101 guide book!
Have you tried any wearables yet? If so, what’s your favorite and why?