With some health conditions, like heart attacks or strokes, it’s often obvious to tell when you’ve fallen ill and need to seek urgent medical attention. But some health conditions can be a lot harder to detect and could even go undiagnosed for months if not years in some patients. Luckily there’s now a lot of technology you can buy yourself to monitor symptoms and diagnose and manage any underlying illnesses you may have. Here’s a look at how you can use technology to help health – especially people suffering from three major health conditions across the world.
High blood pressure
High blood pressure on its own isn’t a major health condition, but it can lead to a number of more serious illnesses. Whilst many people may not be too concerned about being told their blood pressure is too high, it could result in a stroke, a heart attack or even dementia later on in life.
Blood pressure test is one of the most common tests taken when you have a check-up or visit a doctor. The only problem is that many of us could go years without seeing our doctor, and many could be living with the problem without even realising it. Now there are a range of fitness trackers to measure blood pressure that monitor your blood pressure status throughout the day. Gone is the need to wrap a big cuff around your arm and be hooked up to a machine. Instead, these wearable monitors look just like a stylish smartwatch. They can even monitor your sleep patterns and your pulse.
The fitness tracker measures your blood pressure every few minutes. If it gets too high, then the screen will notify you. Then you can consider how to reduce the pressure, whether it’s by consuming less salt, meat and dairy products or even doing more exercise or giving up smoking.
The Apple Watch range of smartwatches can also help measure and alert you to high blood pressure, and you can use smartwatch texting to help you automatically notify your GP if you have a concern.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you might have to closely monitor your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Traditionally, the only way to do this has been to prick your finger with a needle and draw blood that can be measured by an electronic device. This process can be time-consuming, unpleasant and it can also often be very difficult to find somewhere private and hygienic enough to carry out whilst your away from your home.
Now inventors have created devices that can provide CGM, better known as Continuous Glucose Monitoring. This works by inserting a very small sensor underneath the skin on your belly or arm. You then receive regular measurements on your phone so you can keep track of your sugar levels as you eat and then burn off calories during the day.
Obesity is one of the most common health conditions in the world, but many people may not realise just how bad their condition is. One of the best ways of monitoring obesity is by calculating your Body Mass Index. By entering your height, weight and age into an app or website you can calculate just how many pounds you are overweight or indeed underweight. Once you know this figure, there are a number of diet trackers and fitness apps online that can help you change that measurement.
We hope you found this guide on how you can use technology to help health useful.
I love tech things, especially the way they infiltrate our lives without us even realising. I don’t like having to explain how a gadget works to every member of my family though!