Jana Care, the creators of Habits Diabetes Coach, have been working extensively with Dr Mohan over the years to find sustainable solutions for diabetes patients in India. Dr Mohan is a renowned diabetologist in India with over 31 years of experience of diabetes research and patient treatment.
Dr Mohan’s chain of specialized diabetes centres, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, is headquartered in Chennai with 20 more branches spanning across South India including Hyderabad, Pondicherry and Madurai. Over 360,000 patients have been treated through these diabetes centres.
Jana Care’s collaboration with Dr Mohan dates back to the launch of Habits Diabetes Coach and the adaption of the Diabetes Prevention Program to an Indian context. Habits Diabetes Coach is thus equipped with reference points, such as an expansive Indian food database, which allows Indian diabetic users to incorporate use of Habits in their daily routine with ease.
Studies and Trials
In 2013, a pilot study was conducted by Madras Diabetes Research Foundation & Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, WHO Collaborating Centre for Non-communicable Diseases, IDF Centre for Education, Chennai, in collaboration with Jana Care, to look at the effect of the Habits Program on changes in weight, caloric intake and physical activity in 64 overweight adults at high-risk of developing diabetes, over a period of 16 weeks.
The participants of the study achieved moderate weight loss of 4.2%, up to a maximum of 11kg.
Additionally, once Jana Care commercial deployed the app, approximately 13,000 individuals also showed self-reported weight loss of 4.3% and physical activity improvement of 26% at 12 weeks.
Another randomised-control trial, mDiab, to assess the effectiveness of the Habits program is currently underway in India which is being funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, in collaboration with Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.
Participants of the study are overweight adults with a BMI of at least 25.2 and have prediabetes. They are then randomly assigned to either a control group or an intervention group. The control group participants receive a standard care kit which will contain brochures on healthy lifestyle. They will be offered a consultation with a physician based on their blood sugar levels.
The intervention group participants go through a reality TV based prevention program administered through a mobile health application “mDiab”. The content of the reality TV based prevention program is adapted from the D-CLIP curriculum which has been developed into 12 weeks of video lessons.
Post intervention both these study groups (control and intervention) will be invited for post intervention testing after 3-4 months (12-16 weeks) of the intervention period. They will then be given questionnaires about their health, physical activity and diet and will have their height weight, body weight and blood pressure testes. They will also be tested for Fasting Insulin Assay, Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and lipid profile.