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How we aren't keeping track of our health

IronAgeComb

Healthcare technology providers will find something to love in the Pew Research Internet Project that collects data on how Americans use Interent devices and apps; for instance, the fact that 72 percent of us have gone online for information about health. But as wired as we are, the data also shows we're closer to the Iron Age when it comes to actually tracking ourselves.

While close to 90 percent of U.S. adults use the Internet, only 33 percent track health indicators or symptons like blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches, or sleep patterns.

Only 60 percent of U.S. adults say they track their weight, diet, or exercise routine.

The numbers suggest we're not as proactive about our health as we could be; that we're delegating our health to medical providers to treat as problems arise; and that the information we communicate to them is likely to be anecdotal and vague.  

What would happen if we tracked basic health indicators ourselves? Read more research. 

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