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How health start-ups are battling diabetes

By 21 September, 2017 April 11th, 2019 No Comments

Periodically, Americans come up with new fad diets and aids for diets. Yet, there seems to be no appreciable difference between the waistlines of people here and the spiralling levels of obesity that is rampant in the United States. However, with the help of updated scientific knowledge and clinical studies, healthcare providers and influencers of industry are getting together to make a positive difference to lifestyles around the country.

Take, for instance, health care start-ups that propose a novel way of treating type 2 diabetes, which center on personalized nutrition and being in close contact with a diabetologist. It aims to get rid of diabetes entirely by recommending a diet plan that actually works and a Smartphone app.

The start-up route

Start-ups usually introduce patients to a nutrition plan that is devoid of bad carbs and sugar. Just to ensure that patients stick to the diet, the start-up keeps them in close contact with a trained doctor to exchange text messages and video calls through the day.

The start-up produces a personalized diet plan for each patient, ranging from the latter’s food intake to their recommendations on physical activity levels and customized medication for patients’ individualized conditions. According to preliminary tests conducted, about 87% of such subjects withdrew from using insulin entirely or reduced their daily dosage significantly.

Diet plan

The diet plan recommends that patients eat carbohydrates (40%) and fibre (20-35 grams). Food sources of this combination include fruits, beans, veggies and whole grains. Proteins like fish, turkey and chicken, tofu, legumes and low-fat dairy products are necessary. Fat should come from olive oil, canola oil, salmon, nuts and seeds.

The more informed patients read a lot about their condition and often meet with such start-ups to find out exactly how they can be helped out of being diabetics. From their many interactions with these health start-ups, it becomes clear that there is a definite pathway being used by these start-ups to reverse type 2 diabetes with the help of diet, without starving them of daily nutritious food. These were not empty promises on the part of the health providing company but all that they said was backed by published papers that proved that this was indeed possible.

From all that has been documented till date, one thing remains clear: That there is not a universal formula for diabetes management. Now, instead of giving patients diet advice that may or may not work, start-ups now offer clinical diet guidelines based on studies. This is ideal for the overweight and obese, and those suffering with pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and those with a high risk for type two diabetes.

Health start-ups have one overriding goal through their diabetes management plan: to ensure that patients have better heart health, lower body fat and greater insulin sensitivity. Together, these can reduce their risk for diabetes and its related complications, renal problems, heart disease, retinal

Lifestyle changes

Diabetes management by health start-ups indicate losing 250 calories or more every day through 60 minutes of daily exercise. Only such inclusions in one’s life can make all the difference to good health and solid diabetes management.

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