For Matthew Diamond MD, PhD, Medical Director of Misfit Wearables and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, a unique aspect of wearables is that they can be useful for a wide variety of patients, from healthy individuals to those with chronic illnesses who are looking for support in incorporating lifestyle changes as part of a prescribed treatment plan. In particular, patients with metabolic syndrome could benefit from wearables as an intervention tool to prevent disease progression. “There are millions of Americans with metabolic syndrome (MetS); for these patients, physical activity and dietary changes are two of the most important things they can do for their health. For an individual in their 50s or 60s, they may be told for the first time that their cholesterol and blood pressure are elevated and that they are developing prediabetes. They’re likely to be recommended medicine for these conditions, but it can also be an opportunity for the doctor to have a conversation with them about activity goals and to provide an exercise prescription. I do see the importance of exercise as a vital sign for healthcare providers to evaluate their patients every time they see their patient.”3

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