New mHealth App May Detect Elevated Unhealthy Stress

New mHealth App May Detect Elevated Unhealthy StressA new mHealth app aims to do what some consider to be the impossible – mitigate the stress in our lives.

That’s the claim behind the makers of the new app, which allows anyone with a smartphone to test their cortisol levels – and, therefore, their level of stress — while on the go.

The mHealth app allows users to analyze their saliva and generate quick results. While tests of this nature are not new, they are generally around $50 per test and take a week to receive the results. However, this app utilizes the camera lens and light diffuser to analyze cortisol levels in saliva. It will cost users around $5 per test and delivers almost instant results.

The app was presented to the medical world during the International Congress of Endocrinology in June of 2014. This innovative new app is making others think of how they can utilize mHealth for more than just recording or monitoring vital signs.

“Parts of the United States and the rest of the world that lack facilities to measure cortisol will now be able to perform this essential diagnostic test,” Dr. Joel Ehrenkranz is quoted by the New York Daily News. “Also, measuring salivary cortisol with this technology will provide a way for individuals to monitor their personal biometric stress levels easily and inexpensively.”

Testing stress levels is valuable for patients suffering from a wide range of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, hormone imbalances, and depression. However, stress decreases the immune system of absolutely anyone, so the market for the app is rather expansive.

There are other apps that help individuals track emotions to allow them to better identify patterns and triggers, but most require the user to input information about how they feel throughout the day. While this is effective, there is more room for opinion as opposed to actual biological facts.

To learn more about the technology behind this new mHealth resource, click here.

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