The Withings Body Comp scale measures vascular age and nerve health
Ahead of the global consumer electronics trade show IFA 2022, Withings unveiled the Body Comp scale, which complements its portfolio of connected health products. The device tracks vascular age and nerve health. The company has also announced a service called Health+ designed to help people change their behavior to optimize health.
The French company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of intelligently networked scales. The company says this latest product will be its most accurate scale yet thanks to new multi-frequency BIA capabilities.
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Interestingly, this isn’t the device that was announced earlier this year. As a reminder, the Withings Body Scan scale for $299.95 was unveiled at CES in January. In addition to standard metrics, it can assess nerve activity, detect Afib, and monitor segmental body composition. At the time, Withings said it would need to secure FDA approval before releasing it. We expect this to arrive in the second half of 2022.
Body Comp is the latest smart scale from Withings
While we wait for that product, Withings has unveiled a smart scale called Body Comp. The device looks very similar to the rest of its lineup and is chock full of health features.
One of them is vascular age. We’ve seen this on other high-end Withings scales. The function is a revised version of the Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) function.
This is a measure of artery stiffness, or the time it takes for the pressure wave generated by the heart to travel down the arterial tree and reach your feet. Such information cannot be found on other brands of smart scales. The resulting value can be useful in assessing your risk of having or developing high blood pressure. The score is between optimal, normal and not optimal and is adjusted to the chronological age of the user.
Nervous Health & More
While vascular age has been available on select Withings scales for some time, this is not the case when assessing nerve health. Calculated from skin electrochemical conductance, users receive a nerve health score that monitors the sweat glands in their feet. A low Nerve Health Score is a sign of decreased innervation of the sweat glands associated with small nerve fiber degeneration. The score can be improved with daily health adjustments.
This feature will initially only be available in Europe. The Nerve Health Assessment feature can also be found in the yet-to-be-released Withings Body Scan scale.
As mentioned, the latest improvements for this scale relate to weight and body composition accuracy. You get the full range of data, including weight, muscle mass, fat mass, water percentage, bone mass, BMI and, for the first time, visceral fat. Last on this list is the fat hidden around the organs in your abdomen.
Body Comp is the first Withings device compatible with a new subscription service called Withings Health+. This will add additional functionality to the existing Health Mate app. The idea is to give users tailored and actionable insights into their health and motivate them to make behavioral changes through six-week habit-building modules.
The service is free for 12 months when you purchase the $209.95 Body Comp scale. Availability of both products will begin on October 4, 2022.
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