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New smartphone app to help people cut diabetes risk

A new smartphone app aims to tackle type 2 diabetes by allowing users to track their exercise and eating habits to curb the risk of developing the disease.

The app, called Noom, developed by a New York City tech startup, will administer a 16-week diabetes education programme developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In addition to its educational software, Noom provides users with health coaches who answer questions and let them know when they could use some exercise - and when to lay off the ice cream, ‘New York post’ reported.

Noom’s app is an alternative to the CDC’s traditional in-person classes, in which attendees typically keep pen-and-paper journals for their diet and exercise.

The app will be distributed to at-risk patients by CityMD Urgent Care, which operates 40 clinics in the greater New York City area, including Long Island, Westchester and Rockland County.

“It’s one thing to know that you have to make lifestyle changes to improve your health, it’s another thing to actually do it,” said Noom CEO Saeiu Jeong.

“Having the guidance and motivation right in your pocket makes it easier than ever to follow through,” Jeong said.

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Printable version | Aug 10, 2020 5:35:56 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/new-smartphone-app-to-help-people-cut-diabetes-risk/article7177096.ece

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