Fitbit wearables now support blood oxygen monitoring

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If you have a Fitbit device, you may want to look for a software update because, according to reports, it seems that the company has silently enabled blood oxygen monitoring on some of its portable devices. This includes devices such as Fitbit Versa, Ionic and Charge 3, where some users report seeing the new feature.

For those who are unfamiliar, blood oxygen monitoring can be used to detect and control certain health problems such as asthma, heart disease and even sleep apnea. Fitbit devices released in recent years actually came with the necessary hardware to track blood oxygen levels, but for some reason, the company has chosen not to turn it on, at least until now.

It is not clear who gets the function first and if there is any type of organization for this release, but the company has confirmed that the function is being implemented for its customers. Fitbit also warns that when the function is used, the figures you see are not relative numbers, but they add that you should not see a variation that is too large if you are relatively healthy.

This is a fair statement from the company, since even Apple itself has stated that the integrated ECG heart rate monitoring and monitoring tools should not be used as a diagnostic tool. Instead, it is understood as a kind of guide and you should still seek professional medical help if you are worried.

Filed in Contraption. Read more about Fitbit, Fitness, Health and Wearable Technology. Source: engadget

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