Why every person with diabetes should do Diabefly once in their lifetime?
Dr Arbinder Singal
MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB, MNAMS, M.Ch (AIIMS Gold Medalist), Co-founder and CEO Fitterfly
- Posted On February 24, 2021
Living a healthy life with diabetes requires some discipline. Your diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, stress levels, weight - everything is monitored. And rightly so.
Lifestyle management centred around these factors form the first line of therapy for type 2 diabetes. Medicines and pills are always secondary.
Lifestyle or medications - one size NEVER fits all!
Before prescribing medicines, your doctor thoroughly checks you, understands your medical history and then prescribes that will best suit you. Isn’t it? If you’ve ever noticed, your spouse or friend or relative might be on completely different medications for the same condition - because that’s what is best for them.
Like your medicines are cherry-picked for you, your lifestyle needs to be too. When it comes to diet, exercise, weight, sleep & stress, too - one size does not fit all.
But why so?
Personalised Glycemic Response - that’s why. Personalised glycemic response is the ups and downs in your blood sugar levels as a result of everything you do. The food you eat, the intensity with which you exercise, your sleep patterns, how stressed you are - everything.
Personalised glycemic response differs from person to person and hence the term ‘personalised’. For example, some people may have a blood sugar rise to 150 mg/dL within two hours of eating a bowl of rice while for others it may have a rise to 180 mg/dL or even 200 mg/dL. This difference is due to various reasons -differences in genetics, muscle mass, age, bacteria in the gut and even pancreatic reserve of hormones. Personalised glycemic response is the key to good diabetes control which has been somehow ignored till date.
To put it simply - your personalised glycemic response tells you the factors that are negatively impacting your blood sugars. Understanding this can help you make better lifestyle choices, thereby giving you better results.
Without understanding your personalised glycemic response, you’re just shooting in the dark, giving up everything that everyone is asking you to give up.
How do I know my personalised glycemic response?
What if we could single out those five or ten foods which have a high glycemic response for an individual and hence are not good for diabetes!
What if we could find out what combination of foods or even their timing in the day works best for keeping blood glucose in control!
What if we could tell you that the food that you’ve been asked to avoid doesn’t affect your blood sugars and you can continue having them?
Well, it is possible now. Recent advances have made it happen!
And there have been three steps to it
- A food database to understand the nutritional value of Indian foods.
- An Ambulatory Glucose Monitoring (AGM) or Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS) device which can give lots of painless blood sugar readings over an extended period of time.
- A software which can enable correlation of these readings to foods.
This is what Diabefly - a Digital therapeutics program all about!
With Diabefly, we monitor your blood sugars and your diet. Then we correlate the two and understand your personalised glycemic response.
With this information at hand, your doctor or your Diabefly Coach can suggest highly personalised recommendations that help you improve your blood sugars.
Why people with diabetes must try Diabefly at least once in their lifetime:
Diabefly makes for a great tool to diagnose diabetes. Diagnosis of diabetes is incomplete without understanding which foods affect your blood sugars and by how much. Even lifestyle therapy, i.e. physical activity, sleep & stress management, should take into account the glycemic response of the person.
Knowing a person’s glycemic response makes existing therapies more effective, leading to better results in the long run.
What’s more, is that insights on a person’s glycemic response also help us identify and prevent glycemic shock. Every time your blood sugars rise above the normal range (140 mg/dL to 180 mg/dL), your body gets a ‘glycemic shock’. While the phenomenon is silent and often does not cause any issues immediately, it can be hazardous in the long run. Such shocks are known to result in or increase the risk for mood swings, fatigue, poor athletic performance, tissue damage, oxidative stress, heart disease, early cataracts and retina damage, cancers and even Alzheimer’s in the future.
Identifying the triggers of a glycemic shock to your body through continuous glucose monitoring and preventing their occurrence can benefit your overall health along with helping you manage diabetes. Glycemic shocks are also known to cause premature ageing - another phenomenon that can be easily prevented.
Apart from this, Diabefly also acts as a stellar first line of therapy for people newly diagnosed with diabetes. Diabefly reports and data help a coach and the doctor (diabetologist/ endocrinologist) to work together to achieve the best lifestyle management. In certain cases, this can even lead to reversal or remission of diabetes in early stages of pathology. In other cases, it can help people manage their glycemic control much better with Diabefly at their side.
Diabefly is a digital diabetes management program and is an innovation in the lifestyle management of diabetes. The science behind Diabefly helps people prevent, reverse and manage their diabetes and prediabetes. The program is available on the Fitterfly App and is available along with CGMS/ AGM device across major cities of India. Diabefly outcomes have been presented at International and national conferences and is currently one of the best diabetes management programs available in India.
More information at www.fitterfly.com/diabefly
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