Avoid These Types of Health and Medical Apps

AppsSmartphones and tablets have become the norm in today’s world. There seems to be an app for everything, from baby care to games. Many apps have been helpful to encourage healthy living too. There are apps to help individuals keep track of their calories, remind them of important doctor check ups, and more. However, not all health and medical apps are to be trusted.

There are over 150,000 health apps available for users to download and use. The FDA and other health agencies are trying to weed out the bad health apps, but there are still several misinforming ones out there. Here are four types of health apps that everyone should steer clear of.

1. Apps That Utilizes the Phone’s Light: This may sound crazy, but there are some apps out there that claim that they have medical powers through the glow of your phone’s light. For example, some apps have claimed to help acne with the light, and others have claimed that they can help you fall asleep.

2. Apps That Act as Spot Checkers: Everyone is afraid of skin cancer, and so it seems wise to get an app that will tell you if your mole is cancerous or not. However, checking moles is better left to human eyes. There are specific signs to check for when it comes to moles and other skin spots, but a dermatologist is the best source of knowledge.

3. Apps That Cure with Sound: Another type of health app to look out for are the ones that claim they can benefit you through sounds. The most popular one claims that they can help cure headaches with sound, and it is just not medically accurate.

4. Calculators for Insulin Dosage: Diabetics should be cautious over apps that claim they can help calculate the appropriate insulin dosage. These apps will give you a dosage based off of your daily food intake. However, while food is an important factor in determining your insulin dosage, it shouldn’t be the only factor to consider. Instead, insulin dosage should be determined by a doctor and based off of your blood sugar levels.  

There are so many apps to be leery of, especially when it comes to your health. Thankfully, there is a site that can help you determine which health apps are best for you. The site, iMedicalApps, is run by doctors and has formal reviews of medical and health apps. If a health app sounds too good to be true, then it most likely is. Protect your health by using the right apps for you, and avoid any that are questionable or that have you self diagnosing yourself. Health apps should help you become healthier, but they should not replace your doctor or your doctor’s advice. 

 

Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.

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