13th September, 2017

Digital Health startup Changing Health is transforming diabetes education for people with, or at risk of, Type 2 diabetes. Last week it was chosen to be part of DigitalHealth.London’s 2017-18 Accelerator cohort, strengthening its momentum to adoption across London and beyond. The company’s unique combination of evidence based digital education and behaviour change coaching has resulted in its services being used by the BBC documentary, “How To Stay Young,” first aired on 13 September.

Led by Professor Mike Trenell, the BBC documentary explores the ways that lifestyle improvements can increase our “body age” much more quickly than our actual age. The programmes follow 11 volunteers given a complete lifestyle overhaul over the course of the 12 week study.

The results were striking: one 51-year-old participant, seemingly healthy with a BMI of 23, was shown to have a body age of 73 thanks to a diet high in calories, sugars and saturated fats. He adopted a healthier diet for the study, and was able to reduce his body age by nine years in just 12 weeks.

A 50-year-old participant was suffering from less than optimal brain function as a result of an inactive lifestyle. During the experiment, she increased her activity levels from 28 to 343 minutes per week, and was proven to have rapidly improved on her mental function over the course of the study.

Another participant entirely reversed her Type 2 Diabetes over the 12 weeks and is now diabetes and medication free.

CEO John Grumitt said: “We’re excited about these outcomes. It helps to reinforce what our evidence base tells us, in that helping people improve diet and exercise habits can significantly reduce the medical complications formerly associated with older age, such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and other serious illnesses.”

Changing Health hopes to share build on this success with NHS Commissioners in London through DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator. Although the service is currently aimed at people with Type 2 Diabetes, the company will soon expand its offering into three products: diabetes prevention, diabetes management and weight loss.

If adopted at scale, the three products have the potential to dramatically improve public health in London, reducing treatment costs and A&E visits, generating substantial savings for the NHS and improving lives.

How to Stay Young is on BBC 1 at 9pm on 13 September and the following two Wednesdays. Visit www.changinghealth.com for more information on the service or to get in touch.

Cover image: BBC