Healthy living and Technology

The old age “health is wealth” could not be more fitting than it is today. Rising lifestyle-related health issues all over the globe has forced people to get that heart pumping more than before. While the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are known to everyone, there are several factors, direct or indirect, acting as an obstacle to leading a healthier lifestyle.

The entire health sector is undergoing a massive change and the technological advancements can be used to enable people to make positive changes for a healthier life. According to a report by World Health Organization (WHO), premature deaths from non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer and respiratory conditions can be prevented with the help of health systems which help to identify and monitor factors such as poor diet and inactivity. Numerous structured diet and physical activity interventions have demonstrated success in preventing and/or reducing chronic-disease risk. The use of health technologies has expanded exponentially in the health care industry; there are a number of consumer-based technologies yielding health information to the individual users. The explosion in technology use provides an opportunity for broader dissemination of health care services and products.

To become a society focused on preventing illness rather than simply treating it, we must use technology to stimulate individuals to take more personal responsibility for their health. It is difficult for people to implement changes in their daily routine- technology can enable them to do so. Currently there are more than 100,000 health applications that people can download on their mobile devices, tablets, etc. which measure physical activity and provide health-related suggestions on improving it if needed.

The data amassed from wearable technology is a smart way for consumers to harness and fully utilize the power of data. The data can be used to analyze and assess where the individual is going wrong and how to improve the fitness level. This encourages them to be less sedentary and instigates them to make behavioral changes as well incorporate changes into their lifestyle.

In addition to this, Genomics, a study of the structure, function, evolution, mapping, and editing of genomes, combined with technology can result in increased life longevity. A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of its genes. A major part of genomics is determining the sequence of molecules that make up the genomic DNA content of an organism. The genomic DNA sequence is contained within an organism’s chromosomes, one or more sets of which are found in each cell of an organism. The chromosomes can be further described as containing the fundamental units of heredity, the genes. Technology coupled with genomics has made it possible to determine the sequences of your chromosomes, and this data can be mined for genetic mutations that cause disease and affect drug response. We can also now interrogate the whole human exome, which reveals which genes are actively being converted into their protein products at a particular time or under specific conditions (such as healthy vs. diseased states). Such technologies have facilitated the advent of a whole new field of human therapeutics. These “advanced therapy medicinal products” (ATMPs) offer significant promise for the treatment of diseases and injuries that currently have no cure.

Today, we have the power to prevent diseases by making healthy lifestyle choices. With advancements in technology happening at breakneck speeds, we should take advantage of the resources at our disposal and live a healthy and blissful life.

References

https://www.philips.com/a-w/about/news/archive/blogs/innovation-matters/how-smart-technology-can-lead-to-healthier-lives.html

https://www.technologynetworks.com/genomics/articles/how-genomics-is-shaping-advanced-therapeutics-314665

https://www.genome.gov/19016904/

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