The Intersection of Smartphones and Wellness
posted by The Live Better Team | November 23, 2017
Mobile technology has a powerful influence on nearly all aspects of life, including health. According to the American Heart Association, smartphone apps and wearable sensors are promising devices for improving cardiovascular health behaviors, and may help encourage positive health changes for some people.
How might technology impact your health, and how can you use your smartphone to help with your wellness? Let’s take a look.
As of 2015, about 1 in 5 American adults used some technology to track health data. The most popular apps relate to exercise, counting steps or heart rate monitoring.
When researching the statement about the potential benefits of smartphone apps and wearable sensors, the following areas—all part of the American Heart Association’s Simple 7—were considered:
There are two primary types of health apps available:
There are several areas that these apps can be useful for, including:
Know that for apps that rate things like heart rate or blood pressure, more clinical studies may be needed before these can be considered completely reliable.
Your doctor can offer additional recommendations about your use of technology and smartphone apps in your overall well-being
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“Mobile technology may help people improve health behaviors.” ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150813171201.htm
“How smartphone apps could help you stay healthy.” Kaiser Permanente. https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/live-healthy/all-articles/live-healthy-2015/how-smartphone-apps-could-help-you-stay-healthy/
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.