A new interactive mobile phone app called DiabetesIQ, released this week, challenges people to test their knowledge of diabetes and to compete with one another as they learn about the complexities of the disease, which affects more than 25 million Americans, including 4 million Californians.
Developed as a free download by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Diabetes Teaching Center and QuantiaMD, a company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, the new app is intended to help improve human health by turning the task of managing diabetes into an interactive game experience and bringing it to users of the Droid, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
The new game follows a quiz-show format where players answer multiple-choice questions about diabetes and then see how their answers compare to the other users in real time. Users are asked specific questions, ranging from, "How does regular daily exercise affect insulin?" to "What happens when you combine dancing with alcohol?"
The app is intended to explore how the lifestyle and diet decisions play out in terms of blood sugar. Its end goal is to connect the theory of managing diabetes to everyday reality.
"Education is a fundamental part of therapy," said Martha Nolte Kennedy, the Medical Director of the UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center. "Almost anything you do can change your blood sugar and your response to insulin."
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The app originated with material developed over the last few decades at the UCSF Diabetes Teaching Center, which has helped thousands of people with all types of diabetes manage their disease. Traditionally, the center has offered general information, individual counseling and multi-level classes, but in recent years the center developed a comprehensive web site to offer the same information to the masses online.
According to, Nolte Kennedy the app was the logical next step a way of reaching a
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