Could your phone help you quit? Smoking cessation wearable devices

Could your phone help you quit? Smoking cessation wearable devices

A new study shows how smoking cessation wearable devices could work, by monitoring and analysis the lifestyle data of the smartphone user.

Smoking is a major factor leading to accelerated aging and premature death. Giving up smoking increases lifespan and decreases biological age. Despite this smoking cessation advice, many smokers find it difficult to cut the habit. The study from Gero and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center shows how smoking cessation wearable devices, specifically a smartphone app, could work to help people give up cigarettes and stop their smoking-induced accelerated aging.

Measuring aging with wearable data

The bioage acceleration caused by smoking can be detected by analysing physical activity signals from wearable electronics. A new AI algorithm has been trained to spot the patterns in intraday activity changes, which means it can estimate the biological age of a person that has been developed. The study has demonstrated that smoking-induced accelerate ages goes back to normal after quitting smoking, and the process is tracked on a wearable device.

Could a mobile app help you to give up cigarettes?

The research app shows how a person’s lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation affects their physical activity.

Peter Fedichev, founder and Chief Science Officer of Gero, commented: “It’s fascinating that the profound positive effect of lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation could be observed by analysing physical activity of a person. A biomarker of age derived from physical activity is a cheap and convenient way to track how biological age reverts back to normal after quitting. Inspired by these findings, we created a free mobile app, Gero Healthspan, that offers real-time monitoring of bioage changes in response to lifestyle interventions. You can use it to explore how lifestyle changes such as diets, activities and supplements affect your predicted healthy life expectancy. We hope that our research and our research-based app will help people to stop deliberately shortening their lives and help to develop healthy lifestyles.”

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