Half of us have a chronic condition and these conditions are responsible for most deaths
According to The Department of Health, 50% of people suffer from at least one of the prominent chronic illnesses (i.e. arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or mental health conditions). And the most burdensome diseases (cancer, cardiovascular and mental health conditions) can be prevented not by medical treatments but by removing exposure to risk factors such as tobacco use, high body mass, alcohol use, physical inactivity and high blood pressure.
How can Chronic Illness Self-monitoring help?
So what is this telling us? Obviously not every health problem can be managed, prevented or cured by changing your lifestyle, but as stated above, a lot can. Chronic Illness Self-monitoring can drastically help when being diagnosed. And can help you see if the changes you’re making, no matter if it’s medical or lifestyle based, are effectively working to counteract your illness.
This is why apps like Wanngi, are such big game changers within the health industry. Wanngi is handing back control to consumers by allowing them to not only be able to have their complete health record with them at all times. But also allows them to track changes in their health and the reasoning behind it.
And with chronic illness accounting for around 9 in every 10 deaths in Australia, and responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths in the US we need to realise the importance of chronic illness self-monitoring right now.