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New digital app assists patients with Type 2 diabetes in Singapore

Nayela Deeba | Oct. 3, 2016
The app aims to reach out to people with diabetes, in an effort to reduce the cost of physical visits to the clinic.

Holmusk, a digital healthcare company in Singapore, launched a smart coach app recently.

Glycoleap,is a human coaching app which encourages people conditioned with Type 2 diabetes to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Through behavioural science concept, the app tracks a diabetic person's health by implementing gradual lifestyle changes which can help deal with weight loss and improve glucose intake (as measured by HbA1c) just within six months of the programme .

As such, users will have to take a photograph of their daily meals using the Glycoleap app. A qualified dietitian from the department will then review their profile and provide feedback on the meal intake. Along with a trained coach, each user will receive several smart devices, such as wireless scale, glucometer and fitness band to keep track of their weight , blood glucose level and workout regime. This will help the coaches assist each user by providing the right feedback and timely support.

"After using GlycoLeap for 6 months, my HbA1c was reduced from 8.7 to 6.2 percent. The feedback provided by the dietitians on food rating has helped me realise what types of food are good at controlling my glucose," said Wen Shi, a user.

Diabetes has affected more than 415 million people worldwide and the number continues to increase with each passing year. A study by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) revealed Singapore as the second-highest developed nation of people suffering from diabetes, with more than 10 percent aged 20 to 79.

Furthermore, the overall cost of diabetes treatment has been a major concern in recent times. According to BMC Public Health Journal, diabetes consultations per visit rose above $1 billion in 2010 and the number is expected to soar significantly at $2.5 billion by 2050.

The app is an initiative to reduce the cost of visits to the hospital or clinic for diabetes consultations.  It will be available on iOS and Android. Holmusk is planning to launch programmes for people with pre-diabetes and other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure in the next six months.


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