Mobile app Technology to track diabetes


The articles explain the role of technology in monitoring blood sugar for diabetic patients and the Importance of awareness regarding diabetes, holds the key solution to counter the alarming increase of diabetic patients in India. With the advancement in technology , life has become more comfortable. Lack of physical activity has led to lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cancer, etc. There has been an alarming increase in cases of diabetes. India is now looking at technology-driven applications to monitor diabetes. Mobile apps Mobile apps like glucose Buddy, MySugar, Sugar Sense, One Drop, Map My Health etc help log blood sugar, carb intake, medication doses, A1C results, and exercise among others. India is the diabetic capital of the world with 72 million cases and is expected to rise to 98 million by 2030. On average, Indians get diabetes 10 years earlier than in other developing countries. World Diabetic Day is observed on November 14 and the theme this year is Diabetes and Family. A recent launch is the Eddii virtual health app powered by Artificial Intelligence. Farhaneh Ahmedi, CEO, eddii said that this app enables the user to track health and management. It uses machine learning to engage the user in a conversation. We have worked with a psychologist to build techniques common in Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Dr. P Tandava Krishnan, senior consultant, Maxivision Hospital noted that a study conducted in south India indicated a similar prevalence of diabetes in both rural and urban areas. According to Dr. Ganapathi Bantwal, endocrinologist and professor, St John's Medical College and Hospital, while drugs like metformin and insulin are pillars of type 2 treatment, Indian physician can now choose from a range of new medications including GLP-1RA, a class of drugs that behave like a natural hormone, helping the body to release insulin. These drugs reduce fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. Some only need to be injected once a week. One can lead a good life if diabetes is managed with constant efforts. Dr. Rahul Patil, Interventional Cardiologist & Head, Premature Heart Division, Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences & Research noted that it is important for diabetics to pay close attention to symptoms like issues in normal breathing, continuous tiredness, sleepiness, uncontrolled glucose levels, swelling in ankles, legs and abdomen. Dr. Priya Chinnappa, Consultant Diabetology Endocrinologist Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru said, "Important question that needs to be asked to ourselves as doctors, is that if we are equipped enough or spreading awareness about the disease. Karnataka accounts for one doctor for every 13,699 patients and one bed for 326 patients. Hospitals should take equal responsibility to spread awareness on diabetes and proper endocrinology teams in place to manage patient-doctor ratio." Insulin is vital for people with type 1 diabetes as often the medicine does not work and thus lifelong therapy is required. Some Type II diabetes also require insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal, said Dr. Subrata Das, Senior Consultant Internal and Medicine & Diabetology, Sakra World Hospital.