The Promising Future Role of Smart Watches in Personal Health
Technology in the health industry is developing at an impressive rate. The doctors are continuously researching for simpler ways in which one can be able to maintain optimum health and prevent ill-health. As a result, gadgets aimed at helping in personal health such as smart phones and smart watches have been developed. Smart watches have continuously shown promise in helping individuals maintain good health as they can access physiological data that the hand held mobile devices might not be able to access.
The following article highlights the bright future of personal health care with smart watches.
1. Revamping of the Fitness trackers
The market is flooded by wrist watches used for fitness. The fitness trackers can help individuals monitor their pace and the distance when jogging. In future, these trackers are going to help in controlling a myriad of other physiological functions so that their role can extend beyond the track and the gym. Other Functions include measuring a number of muscles, and fat percentage gained, measuring the heart rate.
2. Sleep Tracker
Some smart watches can help one track their sleeping rhythm. These watches do not only have a reminder to help one maintain a regular sleeping pattern but also can track the sleeping pattern of a person. These watches are going to see a lot of improvements so that they can be more efficient in helping one maintain a healthy lifestyle by having an adequate and quality sleep.
3. Measuring Blood Sugar levels
Medicine aims to increase people’s ability to detect any signs of ill-health and also manage the chronic lifestyle conditions. The smart watches are bound to see an increase in their usage by the people managing certain lifestyle diseases such diabetes. The smart watches will have an impeccable ability to measure the blood sugar levels. Also, they will have a way to alert the patient and the caregivers in case of emergencies.
4. Measure the calories consumed
According to Abhilash Jayakumar, the co-founder of Airo Health, smart watches will be able to measure the calories consumed accurately. They will have a spectrometer which will indicate the specific nutrient in the blood stream using different lights. The complex apps will be able to differentiate between complex starch and the simple starch. This will be very instrumental in helping people who are checking on the calories they consume in an attempt to remain fit.
5. Assist in managing the stress levels
The smart watches are being improved on their ability to check the heart rate. It is a key indicator of the stress levels. The watches will also alert the user to take a few breathing exercises to reduce the stress levels when necessary.
Dr. Daniel Friedman of the University Langone Medical Center indicated that the Electra dermal Activity (EDA) could be used to detect the stress levels as it related to the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system also controls the breathing rate, the heart rate, and other unconscious physiological activities that help in determining the stress levels. The developers are coming up with watches that can measure the EDA and therefore correctly assess the stress levels.
6. To help in managing epilepsy
The ability to measure the heart rate and the EDA will enable the watches to predict when a patient is about to have an epileptic episode. This data will be sent to the caregiver so that they can attend to the patient in time.
According to Mateo Lei a CEO of Empatica which is a technology development company, the smart watches will be instrumental in gathering data on the factors that cause epilepsy.
7. Prevent heart attacks and stroke
With a lot of the physiological data, the watches will be highly efficient in detecting heart attack and stroke. The information will be particularly useful to the patient so that they can take the necessary measure to prevent the attacks.
8. Create treatment plans
As a health care partner, the smart watches will aid in helping the patient create a treatment plan. After accessing the lifestyle of the individual, the gadgets will also be at a point to suggest ways in which the user can improve their health.
9. Manage medication
The elderly struggle with memory. At the same time, they need to remember to take their medication In time. The other users who use other health pills will also benefit from the smart watch as it will be able to measure the blood and tell when its time to take the next pill. This will help in effective medicine and adherence to medication.
10. To predict lifespan
The extreme of smart watches will be able to predict lifespan. They will be able to access data from the physiological patterns, the lifestyles of a person and so on. With the raw data, the watches will calculate an approximate of how long one will live if they do not change their lifestyle. It is geared to act as motivation so that one can have a concrete reason based on empirical data to change their lifestyle for the better.