‘Clinic-in-the-Cloud’: Residence-delivered weight-loss program tailor-made to your wants – Information
The health-tech start-up has launched a virtual weight-loss plan that promises results based on each person’s unique metabolic data
Released: Wed, Dec 28, 2022 at 6:00 am
Imagine a personalized, clinic-in-the-cloud based weight loss program, delivered to your home, tailored for you and only you. A health-tech start-up has launched such a virtual weight-loss program that promises results based on each person’s unique metabolic data.
Based on her experience working with diabetes management through her platform GluCare.Health, meta[bolic] decided to expand by launching Zone and bring value to non-diabetics who are on the weight loss journey.
Ali Hashemi, co-founder of meta[bolic]said: “meta[bolic]Zone’s data analytics platform helps Zone members and their trainers identify the biological blockers preventing the person from losing weight. The multidisciplinary Zone team is helping patients achieve sustainable weight loss results over a six-month period through a combination of physician-prescribed FDA-approved medications, wearables that deliver digital biomarkers, and behavior modification.”
He added that the outcomes and clinical outcomes of GluCare.Health are vastly superior to regular episodic diabetes care.
Meta[bolic] Co-founder (L) Dr. Ihsan Almarzooqi, (R) Ali Hashemi. Photo: Delivered
Unlike GluCare, which consists of two components, a physical infrastructure that includes a clinic, labs, and doctors, and a digital infrastructure that monitors patients remotely and continuously, Zone includes only the latter.
“We have recognized that the current treatment of diabetics – episodic and heavily drug-based – will not change anything. We see it all the time: advances in every aspect of healthcare, from medicines to diagnosis to access and still very poor outcomes,” said Dr. Ihsan Almarzooqi, co-founder of meta[bolic].
The reason, according to Dr. Almarzooqi is that healthcare providers have not adapted the model of care to the 21st century. “Diabetes has a genetic component, but it’s essentially a behavioral disease, not genetics, and you can’t solve a behavioral problem in an episodic five-minute conversation with your doctor every quarter,” he said.
Zone collects metabolic data throughout the day from digital wearable devices, and program participants are constantly monitored by a health team consisting of a trainer, an endocrinologist, and a nutritionist who monitor, engage, and empower members through the zone.health app give continuous feedback. This holistic approach of monitoring personal data and precise medication improves metabolic health and achieves sustainable weight loss quickly and safely.
“We have an entire clinical team in the cloud,” said Dr. Almarzooqi.
After an initial home visit and a two-week observation, which the company calls Continuous Metabolic Monitoring, the first drug titration is administered and glucose levels continue to be monitored. Thereafter, the drug is titrated up or down each month. “That’s what doctors don’t do. You will be given medication for three months,” he said.
Studies show that guaranteeing weight loss just by using weight-loss drugs — and without accompanying behavior changes — can result in a five percent loss in a person’s body weight. In contrast, Zone Health’s pre-launch clinical study of its members showed that, on average, a person who completes the full program loses 10 percent or more of their body weight over six months. In fact, the latest Zone Health research with 179 members showed an average weight loss rate of 11.48 percent over that period.
During the six-month program, participants must submit pictures of the foods they eat so that glucose data is accurately measured. “The glucose monitor is a great behavior change tool. It shows the foods to avoid for each individual as you see the top. We don’t have this binary approach of stopping eating carbs or not,” he said.
By closely monitoring participants, much of the guesswork is eliminated. “Any data point that helps move the behavioral needle, we collect it and we want to synthesize it and correlate it with other data sources,” he said, adding, “We don’t have a prescribed approach to how much movement is needed and how.” much food must be eaten.”
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