Survey: Most Americans want wearables to track fat

A majority of Americans want to monitor their health with connected , wearable devices, according to a recent survey from A&D Medical. In addition, “most Americans” are concerned about their weight, yet less than half are concerned about their blood pressure, the survey said. A&D Medical, which manufactures and distributes bio-metric monitoring devices likes blood pressure […]

A majority of Americans want to monitor their health with connected , wearable devices, according to a recent survey from A&D Medical.

In addition, “most Americans” are concerned about their weight, yet less than half are concerned about their blood pressure, the survey said.

A&D Medical, which manufactures and distributes bio-metric monitoring devices likes blood pressure monitors, activity trackers and weight scales, surveyed more 2,000 Americans using Harris Poll. The results include:

— Two-thirds, or 66 percent, of Americans are concerned about either weight, with men between ages 55-64 the most concerned, at 74 percent, followed by women between 18-34, who were at 73 percent

— Nearly half, or 48 percent, of those surveyed were concerned simply with “being overweight” while only 26 percent were concerned with the risk of diabetes; 19 percent were concerned with being considered unattractive.

— Nearly half, 48 percent were concerned about blood pressure, with one in four Americans concerned about either having a stroke or developing hypertension.  More than one in five Americans are worried about heart attacks.

The idea of tracking such concerns with a health monitor was high, with respondents expressing the desire to have monitoring devices connect online with their doctors or other care takers.

The most popular vital sign Americans wanted monitored was blood pressure, at 37 percent. That was followed by:

— Weight, at 33 percent
— Chronic conditions such as hypertension or diabetes, at 25 percent
— Sleep, at 23 percent
— Physical activity, at 22
— Diet , at 19 percent
— Vision, at 18 percent.

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