Mobile exercise app helps lower blood sugar

Mon, 25 Mar 2013
A new smartphone app for people with diabetes has been launched, which is designed to help diabetic patients control their blood glucose levels through guided exercise .

The Power20 app was created by technology entrepreneur and fitness enthusiast, Arshad Chowdhury, and his wife Anika Chowdhury as a way of teaching their diabetic relatives the benefits of regular exercise on blood sugar control .

The tool offers a series of guided 20-minute, full-body workouts, which are designed to produce fast and powerful movements that improve strength, balance, and muscle tone, as well as help lower blood sugar levels.

Chowdhury claims that smartphone and tablet applications already have a significant role in diabetes care, with both doctors and patients using mobile apps to help combat the disease.

"Today, 46% of Americans own smartphones, and one in ten Americans has diabetes . The number of diabetics will more than double in the next 25 years, so tools like Power 20 are arriving just in time," he said.

The mobile tool is currently used by staff at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

"We always tell patients to eat right and exercise, but Power 20 gives us a tool to share with our patients on an easy-to-implement exercise regiment," said Dr. Michael Redlener, Director of Prehospital Care at the Center.

"The more specific physicians can be with their patients about how to achieve cardiovascular health, the more likely patients with diabetes and risk of heart disease will be able to reach these goals. Power 20 is an excellent and adaptable option for patients."

The Power20 app is available to download for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets .
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