Every time I fire up the Internet I am amazed by the amount in which medical technology is advancing on a daily basis. Just think about this, the life expectancy for a male in the 1950s was nearly ten years less than it is today. That to me is amazing to think about, in just 40 years, we have learned to how prolong the average life of a person by ten years.
In addition to the rapid increase in technology from a larger scale, think about the personal devices that we use that allow us to live happier, healthier lifestyles. There are a number of small, handheld devices capable of tracking numerous dietary needs, heart rate and other health aspects that allow us to better understand how to live well.
What the future holds
We’ve already used artificial hearts, artificial limbs, microchips that monitor blood sugar, and new forms of surgery that allow us to fix people with minimum pain and hassle. And this is within the last 40 years. If medical technology continues to advance at its current pace, the sky is the limit.
Perhaps one day we will be able to monitor the brain activity of someone with a mental illness in order to identify how to better treat it. Or perhaps we can use stem cells to reverse the spread of cancer. There is no limit to how high we can go with the rapid evolution of medical technology. And I, for one, can’t wait to see what the future holds.