How Technology Can Help You Live A Healthier Life
It should be no surprise that as ubiquitous as it is, technology can help you improve just about every facet of your life when used correctly. This applies not just also to your health, but some might argue that your health is where you might see some of the biggest benefits of all. From helping you improve your quality of life to helping you get better diagnoses, more precise treatments, and even quicker access to the medication you need, here are some of the ways you can use technology to live a healthier life.
There's an app for every aspect of healthy living
First of all, we have to look at one of the most powerful health care management tools that you can have on you at all times. Of course, we're talking about your smartphone. There are smartphone apps that can help you track and keep up with your health in half a dozen ways. There are apps that can help you measure how much more physical activity you should be doing each day based on your weight, age, and how much you have already done. There are nutrition-tracking apps that help you get a good idea of not just how many calories you should be eating, but what nutrients should be in those calories. There are even hydration tracking apps to make sure you're drinking enough water.
The wealth of information
The internet can be one of the most powerful tools around when it comes to managing your health for another reason, as well. Although there has definitely been a rise in cases of people assuming the worst of their symptoms due to googling them, there is no denying that information on how to take care of ourselves is much easier to find online. Sure, there's misinformation out there, but if you receive a certain diagnosis, the first google results will usually be reliable health care advice on what you can do to manage it. Plus, there are all kinds of general information on the basics of living healthier such as vitamins and minerals. You should just make sure you supplement that information with advice from your own doctor.
Tracking it through the day
One of the more recent revolutions in medical tech is that it's not much easier to wear healthy technology that can accurately measure aspects of our health throughout the day, even when we're well away from the clinic or hospital. Wearable health technology can measure things like heart rate, blood pressure, and there are even things like portable blood sugar testers now. If you're aiming to treat chronic conditions, changes in these stats can have a major impact on your health. Now you can do it all day so that you can provide accurate information that your doctor can then use to more accurately prescribe the right treatments.
Getting the help you need over the net
There is one trend that has been spreading fast through the medical world even before the pandemic, but the importance of social distancing as enforced by the spread of COVID-19 has seen it spread even faster now. Telemedicine practices involve patients getting in touch with their doctors over the internet, usually through a webcam. This way, doctors can prescribe treatments remotely and allow patients to describe their symptoms to get diagnoses without having to leave the home. Of course, there are cases in which a physical examination is necessary so it cannot help treat every single person. However, it is helping both patients and doctors get through appointments in a much more convenient and timely manner.
Make medication more accessible
Often partnered with telemedicine services, there are also those that allow patients to get the medication they need without the hassle of having to travel for it. A private prescription service can help patients get the examination they need, receive a prescription for the medicine required to treat them, and then have the medicine sent out to them. As such, it can make treatment much more convenient for patients that, for instance, might not be able to leave their own home easily due to age or disability. It also reduces the strain on the doctors who can accurately treat more patients in a timeframe if they could see them remotely rather than having them come out to the office.
Getting more information on your body than ever
While this technology is not quite as complete and accessible as some of the others, some of the biggest developments in the world of medicine might come from how well we can understand the genetics of every individual patient. Genome mapping allows doctors to take a precise look at your genetics, helping to find hereditary conditions as well as genetic predispositions for all manner of conditions. While not everything about your health can be understood by looking more closely at your genetics, it could play a big role in the future in preventing and treating chronic conditions, especially those that might start off invisible, meaning they can be detected much more quickly.
The spread of the virtual world
Another technology that is comparably new is that of virtual reality. VR technology can help both doctors and patients. For instance, some doctors such as surgeons are given the opportunity to practice more safely using virtual environments. For patients, there are treatment methods using VR that are revolutionizing certain fields already. For instance, burn patients are able to use VR environments to experience colder environments that have been found to be genuinely effective as reducing their pain signals when they are going through rehab. Though virtual reality is still a technology very much in development and not widely accessible, it could soon be a tool used in all manner of rehab and pain treatment in the future.
Of course, while technology can make it a lot easier to get the care that you need and to manage your health, it still takes effort and active participation from you. You need to put energy into your health.