“Am I healthy?” It’s a question many of us might ask ourselves on occasion. You may look healthy, you may feel healthy, you might eat well and track your activity, but are you actually healthy?
How do you track and monitor your health yourself? In this article we review what is work monitoring when it comes to your health.
Your Health and Data
While we can never know everything about what’s going on inside our bodies without the help of medical professionals, we’re now living in the data age. We have more information about our health at our fingertips than we’ve ever had before. From Fitbits to home blood pressure monitors, body fat scales to home blood tests, you can now access and monitor vital information about your health.
But what’s worth tracking?
How do you feel?
A great starting point when it comes to monitoring your health is to consider how you feel. What’s driving you to want to monitor it? Are you feeling lacking in energy? Bloated? A little unfit?
Keep a record of how you actually feel over time.
What are you eating and drinking?
There are countless apps that allow you to track what you’re eating and drinking quickly and easily. Keeping a track of your food and drink intake can help you modify your diet if needed.
With a Fitbit, Apple Watch or other type of fitness tracker, you can monitor:
Steps taken in a given day
Heart rate over the course of the day
How much sleep you’re getting and the quality of it
Activity levels give you an idea as to how much you really move in any given day outside of workouts.
But heart rate metrics are particularly interesting to track as this data could be useful to a doctor if you have any concerns about your cardiovascular health.
Home Scales and Monitors
You can easily track your weight or even body fat with specialist home scales. And you can pick up a blood pressure monitor for under £30 these days to track that too.
Important Blood Markers
In truth, while all the above information really is important, it doesn’t tell you what’s going on inside.
If you’re suffering certain symptoms, a GP might give you blood tests or refer you for them. But what if you want to simply proactively monitor your health?
You can now do this from home with simple finger prick test kits. With our Baseline subscription you’ll get information about a host of key biomarkers at regular intervals during the year. We’ll test for markers related to:
Liver and kidney health
Nutrition and diet
Handling the Data
The insight available to us around our health is phenomenal. But what do you do with it?
Well, for most of us, it’s about ensuring we’re doing the best we can to keep ourselves healthy proactively. But if you do find anything in your monitoring or assessment that you have concerns about, you can take this to a medical professional and get the right advice.