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Good health has always been humanity’s most precious commodity. But we have perhaps never appreciated wellness more than we do today, in the devastating wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the last century has seen remarkable, and remarkably rapid, advancement in medical science and technology.
The progress has been so drastic, in fact, that the average human lifespan has increased by about 30 years since the 19th century. Those improvements are only expected to accelerate in the coming years and decades, as state-of-the-art health technologies continue to flood the market. What might this rising tide of health tech mean for your quality of life, both for today and for many tomorrows to come?
Slowing the Aging Process
As the human lifespan increases, we’re becoming more cognizant of the reality that the number of years in your life doesn’t matter nearly as much as the amount of life in your years. Researchers and healthcare providers are not interested only in lifespan but also, and especially, on healthspan. In other words, it’s not just quantity of life, but quality of life, that matters.
Fortunately, thanks to significant advancements in the science of aging, we are now better able than ever to understand what happens on the cellular, genetic, and molecular levels as we age.
For example, researchers have not only been able to map age-related changes to the
DNA but also to identify and synthesize substances that help slow and even reverse that process. So today, we have supplements such as NAD+ precursors in early and middle adulthood to enhance healthspan later in life.
Get Moving (and Not Alone)
In addition to an increased understanding of the cellular mechanics of aging, research has also shown that lifestyle choices play a significant role in the aging process. And that, too, links in important ways to the power of today’s health technology to keep you strong, sharp, and vibrant well into your golden years.
First, the science shows that staying physically active is not only imperative in the prevention of disease and decline but that also boosts mental health and cognitive function. This is because, among other things, physical activity helps to mitigate both acute and chronic pain. Being physically active, especially with people you love, is also an ideal way to manage stress and stave off depression and anxiety.
Today’s health technology makes it easier than ever both to stay active and socially connected. For example, wearable fitness trackers can help you monitor your activity levels, from the number of steps you take each day to the amount of time you spend walking or standing versus sitting or lying down.
Likewise, physician-prescribed wearable technologies are highly secure and can transmit your data in real-time to your healthcare provider, giving them an unprecedented ability to monitor your status, to provide prompt and accurate diagnoses, and keep track of your treatment plan. In essence, these technologies provide you with 24/7 access to your healthcare team, all from the safety and comfort of home.
Best of all, thanks to video teleconferencing technologies, you can securely access your healthcare team or even take part in a virtual exercise class with your friends and family. That’s not only going to help you keep moving, but it’s also going to give you the social interaction you need, even in this era of lockdown.
The gift of health and longevity is not something to be taken for granted. Today, thanks to a surge in over-the-counter and prescription health technologies, we can fully realize this gift. Now, more than ever, we can optimize not only our lifespan but our healthspan through state-of-the-art health devices as well as evidence-based supplements and therapeutics.