Fitbit just released new features which focus on health monitoring and offer users easy access to statistics relating to their health. Owners of the Fitbit Charge 4 in particular will benefit the most a recent update.

First reported on Wearables, the new updates give access to health data that was previously paywalled. Originally a premium service, Health Metrics is now freely accessible to more people.

New Features

Charge 4 users can now access blood oxygen readings directly the watch face the SP02 sensor. Previously, this feature was only available on the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3.

Charge 4 owners are able to see their readings in the Estimated Oxygen Variation graph via the app. SP02 figures should be high to reflect good health, but the figure may vary throughout the day. People with good general health should possess readings 95% to 100%, but this can vary from person to person. 

Another new feature, that was originally only available on the Fitbit Sense, is the temperature metric. For most people, the average core temperature is 98.6 degrees, but this can fluctuate a couple of degrees for various reasons. With the update, the Charge 4 fitness tracker can now gather temperature data the surface of the skin and checks the skin temperature every minute.

Blood glucose tracking is another new feature which is available on the app. With over 34 million Americans living with diabetes, according to this CDC report, it is more important than ever to take control of this aspect of human health. This new feature requires manual input, similar to the nutrition and hydration tracking features on the app. Health conscious users can now set a personal, blood sugar range which can help them spot patterns and identify trends in their glucose levels.

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In addition, users can now also benefit the ECG (electrocardiogram) feature. Fitbit claims that the ECG feature can detect 100% of normal heart rhythm cases and 98.7% of Afib cases. If an abnormality is detected, users can notify their doctor who in turn can conduct further tests. This ECG feature has the potential to save lives.

Variable breathing rate, heart rate and resting heart rate data can now be viewed directly the wrist. This data is collated on easy to digest graphs and can help users monitor their health more efficiently.

Health Metrics Dashboard

The Health Metrics dashboard is now available to all non-Premium Charge 4 owners, though with access only to 1 week’s worth of data. People with a premium subscription pay $79.99 a month and can view one month of data.

Apart making sense of all the data collected from the Charge 4, the dashboard also offers proactive health tools such as Active Zone Minutes. According to data, a sedentary lifestyle increases death rate by 71%. the heart rate sensor from your Fitbit devices, the dashboard can accurately track how active you are throughout the day and provide exercises and tips on how to increase your activity levels.

Fitbit Charge 4 retails for $150 USD.