You may be wondering — what in the world a "wearable" is.
Prior to this big push on measuring devices for health maintenance my answer may have been: a pedometer. But, times have changed rendering pedometers as old-school devices, simplistic as #2 pencils.
Wearables are basically personal tracking devices that measure things such as steps per day or sleep patterns. The name "Fitbit" may ring a bell or you may have noticed gangly-looking rubber bracelets on more middle-class wrists lately.
Who are wearables for?
According to Forbes, "Fitness technologies work best for people who are already motivated and have a disciplined fitness routine." It's even suggested that these devices will simply gather dust in the basement of the obese alongside unused exercise equipment.
Perhaps we feel healthier because we own one and good intentions create a feeling of well-being. It makes me wonder if the cheaper alternative may be a bathroom scale and a glucometer?
Diabetes and Wearables
I argue that wearable devices for a disease that's sensitive to and appreciative of diet, movement and rest one can benefit greatly with these wildly popular technologies. By setting goals, recognizing your efforts and steering the ship in the right direction, they can be a great investment and motivator.
Don't be afraid to start small and simply exercise (think #2 pencil) without paying the $100+ first.
No wearable is the 'total package' unfortunately. Finding a streamlined tool is important with diabetes — we already lug around glucometers, insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, and the kitchen cabinet for low blood sugars.