Fourth of July Sparks Rise in Blood Sugar for People with Diabetes
Report Reveals Trends and Tips to Improve Health for those with the Condition
By: Livongo Health
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - July 3, 2018 - PRLog -- Late summer marks the beginning of a steady rise in blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, a U.S.-wide trend that lasts throughout the second half of the calendar year then drops precipitously at the start of the new year, report researchers from Livongo Health.
Issued today, Diabetes Across America: Seasons, Regions & More sheds light on how factors such as time of year, geography and gender may influence Americans living with diabetes. Livongo data scientists examined more than two years of data from its members and approximately 20 million glucose checks to spot trends, such as how average blood sugar levels vary across regions of the country, days of the week, and between men and women.
"Thirty million Americans live with diabetes - until such time that there is a cure, diabetes can be managed," says Dr. Jennifer Schneider, a Johns Hopkins and Stanford-trained physician, serving as Chief Medical Officer for Livongo. "This Insight Report aims to empower people with diabetes, their loved ones and their caregivers with information about previously hidden health trends and actions to address them."
"Knowing what factors tend to drive spikes in blood sugar levels -- and when and for how long they are likely to occur -- presents an opportunity for people with diabetes to make informed choices about where and when they need the support most," Dr. Schneider said. She advises people with diabetes consider actions including:
Diabetes Across America: Seasons, Regions & More marks the first Livongo Insight Report, a new ongoing series from Livongo Health that explores what improves and informs health in a tech and data-driven world, and how to apply those insights for better outcomes. The reports are intended to empower people with chronic health conditions with information and tips to get and stay healthy for a lifetime.
About Livongo Health
Livongo empowers people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives. We make it easier for people to stay healthy, starting with our diabetes prevention, and diabetes and hypertension offerings, by driving behavior change through the combination of consumer health technology, personalized recommendations, and real-time support at the point of impact. Powered by advanced data science, we create personalized experiences for our members, so they receive the right information, tools, and support, at the right time. Our approach is leading to better financial and clinical outcomes while creating a better experience for people with chronic conditions and their care team of family, friends, and medical professionals.
Livongo signature offerings include Livongo for Diabetes, Livongo for Hypertension, and Livongo DPP powered by Retrofit. Livongo's objective is to serve the whole person, addressing each of their chronic conditions on a single platform, creating a truly seamless experience. Using reinforcement learning, Livongo can understand the personal health narrative of each member and offer real-time recommendations that are tailored to each person's unique health experience. For more information, visit: www.livongo.com.
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