3 Ways Technology Is Helping Us Live Longer

standard June 9, 2017 1 response

One of the most important aspects of life is preserving yourself for the later years. Usually, this means a combination of healthy eating, exercise, and avoiding injuries and illnesses. Sadly, this isn’t always possible because we don’t live in a plastic bubble. We are all exposed to the outside world and all its harmful bacteria floating around all over the place, tripping hazards, fast cars, rollercoasters… danger everywhere, hah.

Thankfully, researchers are always looking for new ways to improve our lives, and in the past decade, we’ve seen countless new innovations that have helped us bolster our health to make us live longer, healthier and happier lives. To give you three ideas on how technology has helped us, here are a few advances that we’ve seen in recent years that can have a serious impact on your wellbeing.

The Internet

One of the defining features of the internet is the access it gives to an immense amount of information—including healthcare. In the past, we had to rely on things such as books, doctors and relatives to give us information on how to cure something or treat an illness. Although self-diagnosis comes with some dangers, there’s no denying how helpful it is in treating minor illnesses and treating common problems.

In addition, the internet has opened up the possibility of online hospitals and medical centres. Here’s some telehealth technology to take a look at if you’d like a better explanation. Essentially, it allows you to contact doctors over the internet with instant messaging in order to get a diagnosis, advice or even prescriptions. It’s still early, but in the future, we might be able to get on-demand medical care thanks to the internet.

Smartphones

There are some obvious benefits to exercise, but getting fit can be a struggle. That’s why many people have turned to technology to help them. Smartphones come with a wealth of tools now that enable us to track our own health. There are countless fitness apps that help us keep an eye on calorie intake, our pulse and even fitness goals. These features are brilliant for active people and it also helps to promote healthy habits.

A smartphone can be converted into your own personal trainer, capable of keeping track of your health and also acting as a music player to keep you entertained during your workshop—it’s the perfect assistant to anyone who wants to get fit and stay fit.

3D Printing

Prosthetic technology is getting a massive boost thanks to 3D printing technology. The ability to design and print your own prosthetics is going to be a huge boon in keeping ourselves mobile if we’re suffering from disabilities or issues with our bodies as we grow older.

But prosthetics aren’t the only thing that can be 3D printed. Entire organs can also be 3D printed, and although it sounds like something out of science fiction, it will be completely possible in the future and printed human body parts could be a very real thing in the future.

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