Category: Educational

We Learn and Understand During National Diabetes Awareness Month

Happy World Diabetes Day (WDD)! This day is a part of the broader National Diabetes Awareness Month that is celebrated globally on November 14 to raise awareness about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. During National Diabetes Awareness Month, we focus on education and advocacy about one of the fastest growing global epidemics that  Continue Reading »

My Two Weeks Using Glooko

“The central premise of user-centred design is that the best-designed products and services result from understanding the needs of the people who will use them” -UK Design Council I began working at Glooko this summer as the company’s first user experience researcher. User research focuses on understanding users’ behavior, needs, and motivations by talking to  Continue Reading »

Health Plans: Using Innovation to Improve Outcomes

Health plans are the organizations that provide health insurance – if you have health insurance, you probably know if you go to the doctor or have a prescription that needs to be filled, you likely pay a small amount and your health plan takes care of the rest.  Because health plans cover most of the  Continue Reading »

4 Ways to Feel Health Creating Gratitude

We talk to a lot of people with chronic disease here at Glooko. In addition to the challenges that daily life can give us, along with political, economic and social challenges that we all can feel, chronic disease can make life particularly hard. I have always found that showing and feeling gratitude makes me personally  Continue Reading »

How Glooko employees learn diabetes

How does Glooko, an insights-driven digital health platform that combines mobile self-management with clinical coaching, gain insight into the world of diabetes?  How do the product managers, software engineers, and marketing folks understand a disease that varies from person-to-person? One word: empathy. Glooko employees constantly look for ways to understand diabetes: the diagnosis experience, blood  Continue Reading »

When natural disasters and diabetes collide

Natural disasters significantly affect the lives of millions of people worldwide each year. This year, we have seen our share of natural disasters in the US alone: hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and wildfires. Obviously, there are other tragedies that can be equally disastrous, but most often natural disasters are the types that unexpectedly take homes, loved  Continue Reading »

Diabetes Management Programs for Employers

Employee wellness programs are all the rave these days. They represent an employer’s investment in the social, mental, and physical health of their employee population and can help to reduce absenteeism, improve presenteeism and generally create happier employees. Specific programs differ widely across employers and include both lifestyle and chronic disease management programs. It isn’t  Continue Reading »

The reality of diabetes care in the US

People with diabetes (PWDs) have medical expenditures 2.3 times higher than those without diabetes. Nearly 30 million people in the US have diabetes, and over 1.4 million new PWDs are diagnosed each year. Treating diabetes is no straightforward task – it requires people to manage their own metabolic rate, which is a 24/7/365 job. PWDs  Continue Reading »

The Use of Cloud Computing in Healthcare

What is the “cloud” that technology companies talk about? Why is it important and what does it do? When companies tell you that your data will be stored in the cloud, they are really telling you that your data will be located on a network of servers instead of locally on your computer. This data  Continue Reading »

10 Delicious Low-Carb Meal Recipes

People with diabetes (PWDs) have to be knowledgeable and conscious about what they eat in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Carbohydrates are the sugars, starches and fiber found in fruits, grains, vegetables and dairy products that raise blood sugar levels when consumed. Growing up with a mom who is a dietician and has diabetes,  Continue Reading »

Diabetes Management Programs for Employers

Employee wellness programs are all the rave these days. They represent an employer’s investment in the social, mental, and physical health of their employee population and can help employees exercise more, lose weight, and improve nutrition and overall health. Specific programs differ widely across employers and include both lifestyle and chronic disease management programs, so  Continue Reading »

Winning at Life with T1D

I was 10 years old when I was diagnosed with diabetes. Back when I was that young, there was no blood sugar testing or HbA1C test. Pork insulin and urine testing were the norm for any person living with diabetes in those days. With so few resources, education became critical. So I went to a  Continue Reading »

Individual Differences in Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG)

A fasting blood glucose (FBG) reading between 70-100 mg/dL is typically regarded as normal in people without diabetes1. While this range serves as a standard reference for assessing one’s glycemic status, inter-individual differences exist across the population. A better understanding of one’s own FBG range might provide a more actionable basis for reference. Mobile health  Continue Reading »