What’s your body trying to tell you? How lesser known symptoms can indicate how well you are

Is your body trying to tell you something? Some commonly overlooked health indicators could reveal a lot about your overall wellbeing.

Prevention is better than cure

It’s now well-established that diet contributes heavily to many of the current major illnesses including Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. As the number of diagnoses rises, it’s clear that prevention is better than medication. And the best way to prevent disease is to address adverse problems before they can progress to illness.  

There are a number of ways we can highlight what’s going on underneath the surface, and that’s by looking at some key health indicators.

What are health indicators?

Your health isn’t made up of just one factor. That’s why a range of health indicators can be used to assess your current state of health and highlight points of concern.  

You might only worry about your dry skin, bad breath or bloating when you’re out at a social event, but these physical symptoms could be much more than surface-level. They can communicate a great deal about your wellbeing. Some of these indicators are known to point to disease, but we are also interested in understanding more about the range of indicators to see which can be useful to improve your health.

Even minor, seemingly unrelated issues like greasy hair or cracked lips could actually be indicators of ‘sub-optimal’ wellness. But don’t worry – taking note of these areas of concern can help you make changes.

Some symptoms can be a pointer to serious disease. If you have any concerns, please go to www.nhs.uk to explore further. Or, you could try this symptom checker which helps you understand what symptoms might mean.

How can you measure your health indicators?

In the Evergreen Life app, you can take a Wellness Check about the symptoms that you find most significant as indicators of your overall health.  

Not taken the test yet? Download the Evergreen Life app and turn on notifications to take our app Wellness Checks and discover more about your health and wellbeing.

With the questions, our aim is to expose what health indicators most people judge as important to them. This will mean in the future we’ll be able to provide further insight based on your answers, combined with the rest of your health data you store in your app.

Why should I take a wellness check?

Despite there being a wealth of health research out there, obesity and diabetes are at an all-time high. And did you know that in the UK, we spend the last 20 years of our life in ‘ill health but countries like Japan have as little as nine years? Basically, there’s a lot more to learn – and that’s where you come in.

“What can we learn from others, and about ourselves, to increase our wellness years?”

We’re inviting you to join us in creating an information bank from a wide range of people. By asking these questions to a large group about their wellness habits and areas of concern via the Evergreen Life app, we can get some all-important feedback - and share that with you. By pooling this ‘crowdsourced’ information, we’ll start to see the ‘Big Picture’ and expose trends, comparing healthy or unhealthy habits with health indicator symptoms.

You are crucial. Your data can help shape a future of better, more-informed healthcare for you and others, advancing medical research into how we can all stay well for as long as possible.  

It’s your data: you own it, you share it

Here’s where the Evergreen Life approach differs… the information you enter is owned by you. It’s completely up to you if you want to act on the insights provided and share it for the benefit of others, or simply observe what we find out - you decide.  

By sharing your data as a Data Donor you can help others in a similar way to donating organs, for use by research bodies such as universities. You’ll be doing your bit to help us all be fit and healthy.

Become a Data Donor

If you’d like to be part of our Data Donor programme:

  1. Tap the top left menu in the app
  1. Select ‘Data and Consent’
  1. Go into the ‘Data Sharing Options’
  1. Tick ‘On’ within the ‘Data Donor’ section

We hope you’ll be as excited as we are to begin this journey and we’d like to say thanks in advance for taking the time to help with answering the app questionnaires and agreeing to be a Data Donor.

If you do decide to share any information you contribute, it’ll be entirely confidential. Your personal data is pseudonymised. This means that any identifying characteristics are replaced with a pseudonym, where you won’t be directly identified. If you’d like to find out more information on the programme, please go to ‘Data Donor’ within our Privacy Policy.

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