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Tech to improve health
Posted 6/13/2013 7:49:00 AM

The week leading up to Father's Day each year is Men's Health Week. So here are a few gadgets (we know how our men LOVE gadgets!) that could help guide him to better health - and work just fine for women as well.

First up - the FitBit Flex band. It's an electronic device, smaller than a flash drive, that you wear on your wrist. The FitBit tracks how many steps you take each day, the distance you've walked and the calories you've burned. What really sets the FitBit apart from a typical pedometer though, is it's sleep-tracking ability. Wear the FitBit at night and it'll measure how long it takes you to fall asleep, how long you slept overall, and how many times you wake up during the night. It's a great way to find out why you feel so tired all the time - and more importantly, could help you discover if you have sleep apnea - a real health concern - and determine whether you need to address the issue with your doctor. You can read more about the FitBit here.

Then there's Elegant Portions. It's a line of drinkware and dinnerware designed with subtle marks to help you control portion sizes without being obvious or keeping measuring cups handy at all times. So if you want your daily glass of red wine to stay heart-healthy, you'll know if you're having 4, 6 or 8 ounces - and the corresponding 100, 150 or 200 calories!

Finally, there's the AliveCor heart rate monitor / iPhone case. For real. This nifty gadget will actually do electrocardiograms on the go. Obviously this is a more serious piece of medical equipment, so you do need a doctor's prescription. If you have concerns about your heart (yes, heart disease is still the #1 killer of both men and women), check out this info about AliveCor and bring it to your doctor to see if it makes sense for you.

Posted By: Ellen Jaffe  

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