Technology Can Improve Your Health

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(Last Updated On: July 26, 2017)

Technology can have a large impact on users’ mental and physical health.  However, it is vital that we leverage it appropriately.  Therefore, we as technocrats welcome advancements in technology developed to improve any aspect of our health.

Recently, on the show “Technocrats”, guest host Aaron Dabney, Alpha Fitness Coach and Medical Sales Representative joined the panel to discuss the merging lines of fitness and technology.  Dabney passionately shared insights from the industry of health and wellness, and provided his empowering recommendations on which tech to leverage for improving our health.

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What is health? Defining “health” has spurred great controversy, as there are countless definitions.  Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) a specialized agency of the United Nations, in its 1948 constitution defined health in its broader sense as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  As decades passed, the definition of health has evolved over time.

In our modern-day age, healthcare remains a passionate topic yet a divisive one debated throughout the U.S. amongst both its citizens and politicians.  In 2016, the U.S. health care tab surpassed a staggering $10,000 per person for the first time.  There are numerous factors contributing to this trend of rising healthcare costs.  The rising costs of healthcare has led to a greater promotion of preventive health measures.  Research data from study after study shows that primary and preventive care greatly reduces future health care costs, as well as increasing patients’ health.

Awareness along with the advancements in technology are enabling individuals to live in accordance with preventive health measures.  Let us take a dive into some TechTalk about these technological advancements.

Sleep-Tracking Tech

The last few years has seen an explosion of interest in gadgets and software designed to measure and elevate our sleeping habits.  The tech giant Apple is monitoring this spiraling upward trend and recently acquired the sleep-tracking company Beddit.  Many factors have contributed to this upward trend – including a growing awareness of sleep as a health concern, the ubiquity of smartphones, and the increasing affordability of self-tracking technology.

Beddit is “designed to keep your bedroom Zen.”  How Beddit works is by providing you both a hardware and software solution.  Included within the box is a Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor device, USB Power Adapter, and a User Guide.  Setup and configuration is simple and swift.  The Beddit 3 Sleep Monitor works in any bed.  Simply place the monitor underneath your bed sheet and it automatically tracks your sleep behavior.  Beddit includes optional advanced features, which are noise awareness, smart alarm clock, and temperature & humidity optimization.  The monitoring device leverages Bluetooth, so the smart sleep data captured from your sleep session is instantly available within the Beddit App.

Sleep-tracking technology can yield many answers to questions such as: How many hours do I sleep each night? Do I sleep peacefully or have multiple interruptions? Am I getting enough deep sleep, light sleep or REM? Apple’s Beddit home sleep monitoring solution is a step in the right direction for improving your health and well-being.  However, it will not yield the same level of accuracy and diagnostic detail that a specialist sleep center will provide.

Calorie Counter Websites and Tracking Apps

Thankfully, gone are the days of having to keep a ‘written journal’ of food consumption for yourself or a nutritionist/dietitian.  Calorie tracking Apps dramatically simplify food logging, providing a plethora of enhancements, and tools that aid in you remaining steadfast.  Research shows that people who track their food and calorie intake lose more weight and have an easier time keeping the weight off overtime.

MyFitnessPal acquired by athletic apparel maker, Under Armour, is one of the most popular calorie counters available at this time.  The free membership version tracks your weight and calculates a recommended daily calorie intake.  In addition, it enables the use of a stellar food diary and exercise log.  The premium membership version gives you a macronutrients diary, exclusive media content, and so much more to help you reach your goals faster.  Other popular Apps include Calorie King and Lose It!

Glucose-Sensing Technology

An estimated 371 million people worldwide have the disease diabetes.  Glucose, also called dextrose is in plants and fruits that we eat.  Glucose is a component of many carbohydrates known as simple sugars.  It travels through the bloodstream to provide energy to all the cells in our body.  When the glucose level in your blood becomes out of balance, damage to your body and many other problems may result.

According to a CNBC report, the tech giant Apple, in an effort to reduce the contraction of this disease along with its many discomforts; has hired a group of biomedical researchers to work on a top-secret project monitoring diabetic patients using sensors.    Normally, patients with diabetes monitor their glucose levels by pricking themselves in order to get a blood sample.  Apple’s project has been ongoing for at least five years and is ready for conducting trials.  Surely, if Apple is able to get through all the regulatory roadblocks this tech will be game changing.

Tune into “Technocrats” for more exciting TechTalk on Aaron Dabney’s rankings of Top Fitness Smartwear and Trackers, learn about the new Technological Breakthrough for Epilepsy and more where we supply you with the ins and outs of technology to empower the “digital you.”

About the Author: Jonathan D. Davis is a technology geek, entrepreneur, minister, educator, and dedicated mentor to children.  He has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications and electrical industry.  He has traveled extensively, while serving in a wide assortment of IT roles including Research Support Engineer and Subject Matter Expert.  A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jonathan caught the technology bug at a very young age.  Since then, he has developed a curious knack for identifying the next game changing technology and technological innovation.  From the age of four years old, he showed early signs of his gift by his enjoyment of taking any piece of electronic hardware apart to see how they worked and putting each back together.  Shortly after, a school field trip sparked his excitement in learning about robotics, electronic gaming, and aerospace.  He became inspired by his favorite inventors, Granville T. Woods and Nikola Tesla who are Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, to pursue an education in the same disciplines. He currently serves as an IT Business Consultant with AstroTesla, LLC.

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Technology Can Improve Your Health