Apps are abundant tools in the modern world and they’ve been an integral part of the world we currently live in. They allow us to do anything from find and book gym classes to finding a date.
Health and fitness companies have also been very active in this space in recent years, with the introduction of successful apps such as classpass and myfitnesspal. Such apps have made the transition into optimising personal health even smoother than 10 to 20 years previous.
Recent advances made by Columbia University suggests that optimising health may yet again be made easier by the inclusion on a new app called Glucoracle.
Glucoracle is a concept app (and one to look out for in the future). Glucoracle uses an algorithm – developed by researchers at Columbia University – that is able to factor in personal, existing health stats, along with daily food intake to determine blood sugar levels.
This advancement in personal technology will have a positive impact on type 2 diabetics: the key demographic for the app and the influence behind the creation of the algorithm.
The app utilises personal, observational data of the app user, including nutritional data and glucose measurements in the blood. It can then use this data to provide the end-user with an accurate forecast of the metabolic consequences of each meal the user is considering, allow people with type 2 diabetes to make more intelligent eating decisions.
Glucoracle achieves such astonishing results by allowing users to upload present blood measurements, along with images of food and proposed macro-nutrient content. Glucoracle then, in turn, will churn out post-meal glucose level predictions.
The app has been studied on just 5 people thus far: 3 people who are type 2 diabetic and 2 subjects with no illness. The results for the two people without diabetes were incredibly accurate, however results were less favourable for the three individuals with diabetes, which researchers believe to be a down to a difference in metabolic fluctuations with the diabetic subjects.
Although there is still work to be done on the Glucoracle app – to reach better accuracy with result predictions – the research team behind the app are confident it will be ready to roll out within 2 years.
This may also layout the framework and trend for health apps that will follow, allowing us to outline our current health status along with updating lifestyle habits to provide health and fitness forecasts and enabling us to better manage our health.