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Lifestyle effects on health

Mapping the lifestyle composition needed to maintain health and prevent disease

Goal
To build a lifestyle habits simulator promoting health maintenance and disease prevention
Impact
Providing people with an evidence-based tool to guide personalized lifestyle choices will promote global health and well-being

Throughout their lifetime, people are constantly making lifestyle choices that affect their health and well-being. However, and despite the huge interest, this field is hardly quantifiable and is based on scattered evidence and research, which limits adapting the findings to everyday life. The knowledge accumulated usually focus on the effects of one, or very limited number, of lifestyle habits on a disease or a certain condition. We believe that in order to get a more accurate understanding of the effects of lifestyle choices on our health, quantification of the relationship between a broad spectrum of lifestyle habits and health conditions is needed.

 

We sift through lifestyle habits data to identify which lifestyle parameters affect certain correlates of health (e.g., diseases, life expectancy, doctor visits, hospitalizations, etc.). We then create a network of lifestyle parameters associated with a defined health status and model how they interact. Our vision is to build a tool that will enable exploration of the effects of lifestyle habits (type and intensity) on health and support individuals in identifying the most essential lifestyle changes they need to make to improve their health.

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