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January 24, 2014

Wearable Fitness Devices Help Prevent Diabetes

To help in the fight against diabetes, PreDiabetes Centers now offer clients a wearable fitness device called a Fitbit. The Fitbit falls in line with the latest trends of wearable medical technology in 2014, and can keep track of exercise, diet and even sleep habits.      

PreDiabetes Centers is a major player in the fight against diabetes, and this device is designed to aid in the detection, prevention and treatment of diabetes. They were able to recognize early that wearable health monitoring will be the way of the future, which is why they were able to release the Fitbit on the market. In fact, each client enrolled in the PreDiabetes Centers treatment program is assigned their own Fitbit as part of the process. According to PreDiabetes Centers health coach Tanja Burkinshaw, “[Fitbit] is used devoutly by many clients enrolled in the program.

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Fitbit is worn discreetly on the body, and monitors several metrics like the number of steps taken, distance travelled, and calories burned. Not only is this information useful to the client who is monitoring their own exercise regimen and adjusting it to reach the goals they've set for themselves, but it also transmits that agent to medical professionals at the PreDiabetes Centers. That way, if you're cheating on your diet and exercise plans, they will know instead of simply assuming that the prescribed plan is ineffectual. Because of devices like this, the fitness technology and healthcare sensor industry is booming.

One of the best ways to combat diabetes is through regular exercise, and Fitbit helps make sure that people are getting it. The device itself does nothing to stop diabetes, but those that use it as a motivator to manage their own health patterns see amazing results. Diabetes currently affects around a quarter of all Americans, but Fitbit and the 12-month program with PreDiabetes Centers has helped many actually reverse their progression into diabetes.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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