Doctors show some health concern related to wearable devices

Some doctors are worried about potential health issues related to newer wearable products.

Published Fri, Mar 20 2015 3:48 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:16 PM CDT

The wearable electronics market is booming, and some consumers and doctors are wondering what type of health impact these products could have on owners.

Doctors show some health concern related to wearable devices | TweakTown.com

Considering the Apple Watch - which is expected to quickly propel the wearables market - isn't even out yet, and there has been no research into possible health-related issues, this is more of a general concern than outright risk.

"The radiation really comes from the 3G connection on a cell phone, so devices like the Jawbone Up and Apple Watch should be okay," said Dr. Joseph Mercola, alternative medicine specialist, in a statement to the New York Times. "But if you're buying a watch with a cellular chip built in, then you've got a cell phone attached to your wrist."

As more consumers began to use smartphones, which emit low levels of radiation, there were similar health concerns. However, people tend to have their smartphone nearby, but may not have direct access to it - but wearables could change that.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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