Fitbit: More Than the Tracker That You Think


Fitbit is an intuitive tracker used to monitor the physical activities of a person. Just wear this device in your wrist, and you will get analytics regarding your heart rate, sleep pattern, and the number of steps you take in one day.

Fitbit has long been used to detect early signs of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases; however, current developments suggest that this device can do more than mere assessments of the vital signs.

Recent research confirmed that Fitbit could also catch early signs of any digestive anomalies such as celiac disease, malabsorption, short bowel syndrome, and Crohn disease.

The said study subjected 56 people to check the relationship of heart rate and physical vigor to the onset of digestive diseases. For one year, researchers recorded the participants’ level of physicality, heart resting rate, and their colonoscopy data.

A couple of weeks before the participants undergo a final medical test, Fitbit registered a drastic fall of their heart rate and the number of steps they can do in one day. This result alarmed the researchers, and they thought that the Fitbit tracker is providing a clear signal about the onslaught of a severe disorder. The result of the medical tests confirmed that most of the people who recorded a drastic change to their Fitbit result actually suffer from severe digestive ailments.

Meanwhile, the participants did not show any difference or discrepancy in their sleep pattern in the entire course of the study.  Also, the weight of the participants did not change that much.

Experts believe that the result of this study is sound proof that using Fitbit is not only helpful in monitoring the body’s vital signs. In fact, Fitbit can provide early and crucial signs for you to check the condition of your gastrointestinal tract before it becomes too late.