Can this app help tackle the burden of diabetes?

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 06 December 2016

GlycoLeap is a unique digital program that guides and supports people with Type 2 diabetes toward positive behavior changes and better self-management. Photo by: Holmusk

A new app combines data, artificial intelligence technology, human interaction and psychology to beat diabetes.

GlycoLeap is the flagship product of Singapore-based digital health startup Holmusk. The digital program combines different health tools such as a fitness tracker and glucometer, interactive coaching from certified dietitians and a mobile application to help people manage or reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The app is yet another example of growing innovations in health care that makes use of mobile technology. Organizations, including big and small firms, are increasingly looking at the different ways they can use mobile tech as more people rely on their phones for daily needs such as shopping, booking a cab or fitness tracking.

In Holmusk’s case, the young company aims to tap into and combine the potential value of digital technology and data science, but with a focus on tackling the rising problem of chronic diseases. With GlycoLeap, the company aims to address some of the challenges associated with the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes worldwide according to the World Health Organization. Patients with Type 2 diabetes often find it difficult to alter their lifestyle, such as changing their diets, to stay healthy, according to the American Psychological Association.

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Jenny Lei Ravelo@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.


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