From apps that measure our caloric intake to those that monitor our insulin, health apps have become a daily part of many people lives. It has gotten to the point where medical aid companies use apps to track our health.
Health and wellness expert Vanessa Ascencao says that there are about 500 million health app users currently. This shows the awareness and dedication people have to their health.
We are all taking more responsibility in terms of our health and we are looking for things to better improve our health.— Vanessa Ascencao, Health and wellness expert
The question that arises is, are we too dependent on health apps. On the whole, Ascencao believes the benefits of health apps are a positive thing. She says this is because we can look look at risk factors that contribute to chronic illnesses in a way we never could before.
While this is beneficial in ensuring a healthy lifestyle, Ascencao admits the copious amount of information coming at people online can be overwhelming.
Another downside of health apps, according to Ascencao, comes when one becomes dependent on them and this is stressful.
To become too obsessive with information is not good. Obsessiveness is a form of stress, and one of the things we need to so to reduce our stress.— Vanessa Ascencao, Health and wellness expert
An important part of using health apps is utilising information they give us wisely. She recommends going to see health practitioners in conjunction with the apps.
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