Diabetes Tracking App: App That Helps Rural Areas To Detect Diabetes
Million’s of people are living with diabetes, Patients with Diabetes face many challenges and difficult to maintain how to live with proper diet plan and routine with diabetes. Now, This Diabetes Tracking app allows patients to track diabetes, especially in the rural areas.
Diabetes challenges like Shortage of Time(Hectic schedules and limited free time make it difficult to eat properly), Learning a New Diet, Family Life and Meals, Physical Considerations, Social Considerations and Depression.
Researchers have developed an innovative smartphone app “Diabetes Tracking App” that could allow community health workers to track the growing burden of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, especially in the rural areas.
This Diabetes Tracking App Named “Smart Health” assists a person living in rural areas to access timely, affordable and guideline-based healthcare in the community health workers called as ASHAs.
Moreover, These workers will be trained to screen and identify people suffering from diabetes or at high risk of the disease. The Community, ASHAs offer them guidelines, how to live healthy with Diabetes and provide diet advice. Also, refer Diabetes Patients to a doctor for drug treatment, and follow up on their adherence to treatment and control.
What is type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and kills the beta cells of the pancreas.
Type 1 diabetes is always treated with insulin. Meal planning also helps with keeping blood sugar at the right levels.
Type 1 diabetes also includes latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), the term used to describe the small number of people with apparent type 2 diabetes who appear to have immune-mediated loss of pancreatic beta cells.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body can’t properly use the insulin that is released (called insulin insensitivity) or does not make enough insulin. As a result, sugar builds up in the blood instead of being used as energy. About 90 percent of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes more often develops in adults, but children can be affected.
Depending on the severity of type 2 diabetes, it may be managed through physical activity and meal planning, or may also require medications and/or insulin to control blood sugar more effectively.
According to the Reports, “Around 50 million people in India suffered from Type 2 diabetes and that number is rising every year.
Vivekanand Jha, Professor and Executive Director of The George Institute for Global Health, said in a statement, “The app will assist people living in rural areas to access timely, affordable and guideline-based healthcare in the community, reduce the risk of developing life-threatening complications and ultimately save lives”.
“Digital technology coupled with using the experience and knowledge of local health workers. This is innovation at its best,” he added.
The Low income, lack of education and other health problems push Rural people likely to develop diabetes. An estimated 25 million people have diabetes in rural India and the number is rising rapidly, the statement said.
Researchers said, “This move will also serve an example to other countries struggling with the growing cost of providing essential healthcare to their citizens.”