Intellin, Chris Genders, diabetes health information app, Type 2 diabetes

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The quest for good info about

his diabetes and potential

complications from the

condition lead Chris Genders

to create the Intellin app.

Intelligent Info

A

n international app could

help prevent diabetes

complications. Intellin,

by Gendius, allows

you to track how you

are managing your diabetes - such as

recording blood sugars, carbohydrate

intake, body mass index, and insulin

dosages - with the unique benefit of the

app indicating your risk of developing

complications.

During the setup, you are taken

through three sections of background

questions, and the app uses these to

generate a risk profile. The app then sends

daily hints and tips on how to limit the risk

of these complications. The platform has

been built after extensive collaboration

with people with diabetes and healthcare

professionals.

Gendius co-founder Chris Genders,

who has Type 2 diabetes, says, "After

being diagnosed with diabetes… it is great

to now see an app on the marketplace

that is unique and based around the

individual's needs. Everyone's diabetes is

different but the complications we go onto

develop are the same. The name Intellin

came from 'intelligent information'. We

wanted a smarter app to look at - more

of a satnav showing direction of travel - a

look at the road ahead - more than just a

simple tracker, which tend to look at the

road through the rearview mirror, what's

happened in the past."

Three tiers

Gender's experienced a

diagnosis of diabetes when

he was 50, and although he

was diagnosed with Type 2

diabetes, he was on insulin

within three months. He

says, Therefore I know what

it's like for people with Type

1 too, injecting insulin and

blood testing for patterns

and to avoid highs and

lows."

As mentioned, the app has three

tiers. Genders explains, "The first requires

basic information such as your name,

ethnicity, date of birth. The second level is

information about your diabetes that you

are likely to know yourself. The third and

final level is more clinical and may need

input from your HCP."

In all there are 32 questions over all

the sections. "It can still work just on the

basic level," says Genders, "but once

all the factors are put in it can start to

predict likely outcomes more accurately.

So, if one of the factors inputted is that

you have high blood pressure, the app

will tell you that this adds to your risk of

developing diabetic retinopathy."

It's not all bad news though, the app

includes a library of hints and tips that can

help steer you towards slowing down the

disease progression and related risk of

complications.

Genders has now been on insulin

for 15 years and says, "While I quickly

understood about blood testing, insulin

injection and being careful with my diet,

I also realised I still had to get on with

life. I also appreciate that getting this

kind of information can be quite scary for

some people, therefore it will not appeal

to everyone. It is difficult to tread the

line between trying to motivate people

by giving them information about likely

outcomes, and just scaring them. If they

are scared, they are likely to go into denial

and not be able to act. But diabetes is

not a benign disease; the app is meant

to show you that if you can improve your

control, you can improve your outcomes.

It is meant to assist you."

Download on the Apple App Store and

Google Play.

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