India-based digital therapeutics company Fitterfly has launched a digital recovery program for diabetics who have contracted COVID-19.
what does it do
The company has added an integrated module to its Diabefly platform called Post COVID-19 Recovery Program. According to a press release, people “can avail the program from the comfort of their home through calls, chats, virtual group sessions and webinars”.
The three-month program includes online consultations with a psychologist and a physiotherapist and provides personalized nutrition plans geared towards diabetes control and immunity. It also offers group therapy and breathing exercise sessions under expert guidance.
This program provides full access to the Fitterfly wellness app and resources on COVID-19 and diabetes.
why it matters
According to international diabetes associationWhen people with diabetes develop a viral infection, treatment will be difficult “due to fluctuating blood sugar levels and, possibly, the presence of complications of diabetes.”
Fitterfly said in a statement that diabetes not only increases the risk of developing “serious” complications from COVID-19, but also slows recovery from its effects. It added that with more Indian citizens contracting the disease, the number of people in need of rehabilitation would also increase.
Dr Sanjay Kalra, former President of Endocrine Society of India, said in the press release, “People with diabetes need special care to keep their sugar under control rapidly as well as recover from COVID-19. it occurs.” .
He said, “The existing health care system and doctors are burdensome and cannot offer all the care these people need. Digital therapeutic initiatives to help people recover faster are welcome and it will go a long way.” will do.”
Dr. Tejal Lathia, a senior endocrinologist at Apollo said, “Post-Covid people with diabetes need help managing stress, fear and anxiety, apart from focusing on their glycemic control and lifestyle changes. Hospitals have also said.
Last year, a research paper suggested Use of virtual reality in COVID-19 rehabilitation. Its authors said that VR provides health practitioners with “the means to conduct fast, temporary and tailor-made rehabilitation services at a distance”.
On the record
“Covid[-19] Glycemic control has been derailed for people with diabetes and we are witnessing a tsunami of new-onset diabetes as some people move from the peak of the second wave of the pandemic into the recovery phase. There is an urgent need to help these people. Otherwise, they are at risk of fungal infections, damage to the kidneys, eyes and nerves and this will become a difficult issue for their families,” said Fitterfly co-founder and CEO Dr.
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