Fitbit devices can predict whether you will have the flu?

Fitbit partners Singapore HPB on population-based Public Health Initiative in Singapore
Fitbit partners Singapore HPB on population-based Public Health Initiative in Singapore
Launch of Fitbit Spring collection – (L-R) Steve Morley, Louis Lye, Vanessa Tang, Joshua Kwah, Joanna Soh

Your Fitbit wearable device might be able to tell whether you are coming down with the flu, according to a study by Scripps Research Translational Institute.

The study compared sensor data of more than 65 million measurements from 200,000 users of a Fitbit wearable device between 1 March 2016 and 1 March 2018.

Researchers found that the data collected based on the resting heart rate (RHR) and sleep patterns of the individuals were able to predict influenza-like illness (ILI).

They believed that “elevated RHR and increased sleep duration as compared to an individual’s average might be indicative of ILI.”

The research was done based on data collected in the USA with a focus on the top five states with the most Fitbit users – California, Texas, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

The study can be found on The Lancet, Digital Health.