Here comes a diabetes app to forecast blood sugar levels

New Delhi: All the diabetics around the globe, there is something to happy about for all of you.

Researchers have developed a new personalised app that can allow people with type 2 diabetes to keep a track on their blood sugar levels.

The app, Glucoracle, comes with an integrated algorithm that predicts the impact of particular foods on an individual’s blood glucose levels.

“While we know the general effect of different types of food on blood glucose, the detailed effects can vary widely from one person to another and for the same person over time,” said David Albers, from Columbia University Medical Centre (CUMC) in the US.

“Even with expert guidance, it is difficult for people to understand the true impact of their dietary choices, particularly on a meal-to-meal basis,” said Albers.

“Our algorithm, integrated into an easy-to-use app, predicts the consequences of eating a specific meal before the food is eaten, allowing individuals to make better nutritional choices during mealtime,” said Albers.

The algorithm uses a technique called data assimilation, in which a mathematical model of a person’s response to glucose is regularly updated with observational data – blood sugar measurements and nutritional information – to improve the model’s predictions.

(With PTI inputs)