Latest Innovations to Beat Prediabetes
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Medical science is continuously evolving, and scientists are striving hard to develop new-age tools to improve health outcomes and patients’ comfort. Notably, when it comes to managing patients with diabetes and borderline diabetes, the emergence of new technologies like painless glucose monitors, mobile health apps, and personalised digital coaching have significantly improved patient satisfaction and bridged the gap in care.
Prediabetes or borderline diabetes is a common precursor of diabetes. But in prediabetes, your blood sugar levels are not high enough for your doctor to diagnose it as diabetes. It is a hidden condition, so you might not even realise that you already have it.
Currently, in India, 1 in 6 people are living with this silent condition. If you do not take proper steps to arrest prediabetes at the right time, sooner or later, it will progress to full-blown diabetes.
If you are diagnosed with prediabetes, your blood sugar is higher than average, with fasting blood sugar values of 100 -125 mg/dL and HbA1c of 5.7% – 6.4%.
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Experts have estimated that a staggering 70% of people with prediabetes will develop diabetes.
– American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Prediabetes Symptoms – When to see a doctor
Prediabetes is the warning bell for diabetes that you shouldn’t miss. Instead, you should take steps under guided supervision to stop, delay and prevent the progression to diabetes. But the trickiest part of prediabetes is that its symptoms are so mild and subtle that you won’t even realise that you already have this condition.
Since prediabetes symptoms are so hard to pick up on, Diabefly – A Diabetes Prevention Program – has developed a Prediabetes Risk Calculator to assess if you are at risk for prediabetes. Take the 2-min test to check your risk score of prediabetes.
One of the prediabetes symptoms that you should watch out for is the darkening of the skin on certain parts of the body like the neck, armpits, elbows, knees and knuckles. But if you neglect your prediabetes symptoms, it will progress to classic symptoms of diabetes shortly. Click here to learn more about prediabetes symptoms and its risk factors.
Can prediabetes be cured?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for prediabetes, but the good news is you can reverse prediabetes by using the latest innovations or technology. In addition, by making simple lifestyle changes under the supervision of expert Diabetes Educators and Coaches, you can manage prediabetes smartly and lower your risk of developing diabetes.
Latest technology to beat prediabetes
In prediabetes management, these breakthrough technologies have significantly changed both patients’ and doctors’ experiences.
Here is a list of the most advanced technologies to manage prediabetes:
1. Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device (CGMS) empowered with personalised coaching
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device (CGMS) or Ambulatory Glucose Monitoring (AGM) is a wearable health technology to manage prediabetes. This device consists of a small sensor patch that measures blood glucose levels 24/7, and you can wear it on your arm for 14 days. This device records 1300+ readings in 14 days (even while you are sleeping) without any needle pricks. The meaningful data generated by the CGMS device generates reports of your glucose trends. And with the help of personalised coaching, an expert Diabetes Educator & Nutritionist can help you understand how your overall lifestyle affects your blood sugar fluctuations. For every person, multiple factors such as diet, sleep, stress and physical activity affect their blood sugar levels. This is known as Personalised Glycemic Response (PGR), and it varies from person to person. For example, a medium bowl of white rice may shoot your blood sugar level to 230 mg/dL, but for someone else, it may still be at the target level of 130 mg/dl. Based on the valuable information of your CGMS reports, your Diabetes Coach can make changes in your lifestyle. This way, you don’t have to live a restrictive lifestyle. Additionally, you don’t have to give up on your favourite foods due to the fear of developing diabetes in the future. This is where the role of Diabefly Pro – A Diabetes prevention Program for prediabetes comes in. Diabefly Pro uses CGMS empowered personalised coaching. Based on your personalised glycemic response, our Diabefly Coaches will make changes to your lifestyle that will be customised according to your needs and wants.
Click here to watch the video on how Diabefly Pro harnesses the power of personalised glycemic response for better blood sugar control.
Although CGMS devices have been there in the market for some time now, coupling it with personalised coaching offered by a Diabetes Prevention Program like Diabefly Pro is the latest innovation in the treatment of prediabetes.
2. Mobile health technology
Earlier, a phone was only used to answer and make calls, but now with advancing technology, you can use it for healthcare purposes too. Mobile health (mhealth) technology has had a meaningful impact in the healthcare industry. It allows you to track your health on your own, improve access to care, fast and efficient communication with your doctor and much more. You can use several mobile prediabetes applications to track blood sugars, set up medication reminders, maintain a food diary, track physical activity, and much more. Plenty of mHealth apps are available these days that you can easily download on your smartphones to achieve your health goals. For example, Fitterfly Metabolic Health App, a free mobile app developed by a health tech start-up, Fitterfly can be used to record your daily diet, water intake, exercise and much more. Click here for a free download.
3. Wearable Health Technology – Fitness trackers and smartwatches
You can use fitness trackers for tracking various health parameters like the number of steps taken, heart rate, calories burned etc. According to your needs, do your market research and then pick the best one for you. You can choose from a wide variety of fitness trackers like Xiaomi, Honor, Amazfit, FitBit that can help you achieve your health goals. Fitness trackers help you stay targeted in your weight loss journey by counting calories burned as a part of a diet and exercise effort. And by reducing your weight, your risk of progression from prediabetes to diabetes is reduced drastically.
Medical Research has proved that moderate weight loss of 5-7% of body weight reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%.
– New England Journal of Medicine 2001
Similarly, you can use smartwatches of various companies like Apple, Fossil, Samsung, FitBit, Matrix PowerWatch that are more advanced than fitness trackers. In addition, you can use smartwatches to perform multiple functions by pairing them via Bluetooth to your smartphone.
Diabefly Pro: A breakthrough personalised technology to beat prediabetes
Diabefly Pro uses all these latest technological innovations like CGMS device with personalised coaching, PGR-based guidance, an app to – track your blood sugars, maintain a food diary, track physical activity, and you can use it to integrate data from your fitness trackers & smartwatches as well. Empowered with these latest innovations, Diabefly Pro offers you customised care under one roof to stop the progression from prediabetes to diabetes.
Diabefly Pro, A Diabetes Prevention Program for prediabetes, uses a multidisciplinary approach to beat prediabetes. Our team of experts comprises of three coaches — a Nutritionist, a Physiotherapist and a Psychologist who will guide you in every step towards prediabetes reversal. This program was designed and formulated by India’s top Endocrinologists, Diabetologists, Nutritionists, Diabetes Educators, Technology Experts and many other specialists with the sole aim to flatten the curve of diabetes by tackling prediabetes early on.
Set realistic and lasting goals with Diabefly Pro to beat prediabetes together. Call us at 022 48971077 (Ext. no.1) or visit our website at https://www.fitterfly.com/prediabetes to know more.
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