Quick question: What is the most important thing in the world to you?
Chances are good that it involves a vital connection.
Maybe it’s the connection you feel with family and community, or with your goals and aspirations, or your health and happiness.
We appreciate that need and want to assist you in achieving it. That’s why we have teamed up with WeightWatchers (WW) on a connected app to help people living with diabetes better understand how food and activity impact their glucose levels to help them make healthy choices. Through this partnership, glucose data1,2.3 from Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre®2, a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system syncs within the WW app 4, where users will be able to see their data while being guided by the WW Diabetes-Tailored Plan (Plan) .
Connecting Technology and Health
Helping meld Abbott’s innovative CGM technology with WW’s long history of science-based weight loss plans is Dr. Michelle Cardel, a registered dietician and WeightWatchers Head of Clinical Research and Nutrition who understands the complexities involved in managing diabetes from her experience being a clinician for almost two decades.
“Managing diabetes takes around-the-clock attention, which can be stressful for someone without the right support. Maintaining a healthy weight is important for keeping glucose levels under control, and is especially important for those living with Type 2 diabetes who manage their condition through food and activity.”
Using guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the International Diabetes Federation, the WW Diabetes-Tailored Plan is designed to create sustainable weight-loss and lower hemoglobin A1c, lessening the risk of diabetes complications.
Dr. Cardel understands the importance of connecting the science and humanity of diabetes management. “A lot of weight-loss plans can be discouraging because they focus on eliminating or restricting food. We’ve found success with more realistic options, that make it easier to chart a sustainable path forward.”
Connecting Data and Behavior
That path is forged -- in part – by the FreeStyle Libre 2 system’s data connection with the WW’s app. Users can see how food, changes in their weight, daily movement and sleep can impact glucose levels and Time-in-Range (the amount of time those with diabetes spend in the recommended glucose target range).
Users can even note, within the app, the foods or activities that may have contributed to them being out of range, adding to an ongoing understanding of their condition so they can make healthy changes in the future.
“People with diabetes have a lot on their minds so we’ve designed the program to be incredibly easy to use,” said Cardel. “The FreeStyle Libre 2 system data, along with the WW Diabetes-Tailored Plan, helps users eat healthier, drink more water and get active – all behaviors that help manage glucose levels.”