Even if you don’t think you live your life all that scientifically, science has improved your health in a number of different ways. These are far reaching and have incorporated themselves into our lives, sometimes without our notice.

That said, the way science has improved your health can help to explain why the average life span is 3 to 4 times what it has been for people in other time periods and why many illnesses that were once considered terminal can now be overcome without even a visit to the doctor in many circumstances.

Consider some of the following ways that science has improved your health:

1. Better understanding of diet and nutrition

The phrase “you are what you eat” isn’t new, but our understanding of what we should eat in order to improve what we are is always evolving. By getting to know the various nutrients and what they do for us, we can give our bodies their best opportunity to function optimally. This can help us to remain healthy, reduce symptoms, and avoid illness among other benefits.

2. Superior awareness of what is involved in a healthful lifestyle

Science has allowed us to know which lifestyle habits are helping us, which do nothing for us and which ones actually cause harm. This has given us the opportunity to play an active role in our own overall health in wellness. We now understand that health isn’t necessarily something that just happens. We can encourage it through very specific actions.

3. Improved understanding of our development and aging

Fetal, infant, childhood, adolescent, adult and senior development and aging means we have different nutrition and lifestyle requirements. This understanding helps us to improve the decisions we make based on our age related requirements.

4. Disease prevention

Everything from hand washing education to sterilizing medical tools and areas of the body about to undergo surgery has helped us to reduce the spread of bacteria, viruses, molds, yeasts and other nasties that would otherwise infect us and make us sick.

5. Vaccinations

These have made it possible to teach the body how to fight off a number of different kinds of infections, stopping diseases from making people sick in the first place. Everything from smallpox to shingles and from the measles and polio to some strains of the flu can be prevented through vaccination.

6. Earlier illness detection

Many diagnostic processes are allowing doctors to detect illnesses far earlier. This makes it possible to begin treatment earlier, too. Not only does this mean treatment can begin before the disease is allowed to develop and become more damaging and unpleasant, but it greatly increases the chances of healing and overcoming the illness.

7. Improved monitoring technology

Fitness tracking to blood pressure monitors and blood glucose detectors to baby monitors all make it possible to track certain body functions or symptoms to know when things are going right and identify when things are going wrong.

8. Better treatments

Treatments for many illnesses are continually improving. This has allowed patients to enjoy greater benefits, reduced side effects and better quality of life.

9. Cures

A growing number of conditions that were once terminal or permanent can now be cured. Scientific advancements have made it possible to overcome many illnesses from basic to complex.

10. Reduced suffering

Science has allowed us to understand the nature of many illnesses and of the body itself. This means that whether a person is recovering or not, it’s possible to offer greater comfort throughout the process in many cases.