When Julian Shapley and David Haines started creating an app focused on the impact of the food we eat as individuals, they knew how important this breakthrough innovation could become.
Unhealthy diets and more sedentary lifestyles have created something approaching a global health crisis – with 48 million people dying each year from cardiovascular disease; and 2.1 billion people classified as obese, worldwide.
Their Glucose Republic, headquartered in Cardiff, is meeting this challenge in the most remarkable way: by combining biology and software to help us live better and eat better – thanks to a system unique in the world that provides information personalized insights into the metabolic impact of the foods we eat, allowing us to make the meal choices that are right for us.
Julian once led the world’s first connected diabetes management platform and as a proven team of inspired innovators, Glucose Republic is now set to unveil a system that will help us all feel better, look better – and to be better – with key investments from Deepbridge Capital and the Development Bank of Wales supporting an innovation that will potentially bring food freedom to hundreds of millions of people.
Bring food freedom to everyone around the world
“Each person has a unique food fingerprint, which shows how we react to food and drink,” says David, co-founder and CEO of Glucose Republic “and we can access that fingerprint by tracking our own glucose levels. helps provide personalized information to users about the metabolic impact of the foods and beverages they consume, allowing them to choose what is right for them.”
“Helping people understand the impact each food has on them – and enabling everyone to access their own unique food footprint – is at the heart of what we do,” says David. “The Glucose Republic system allows users to directly measure how their body reacts to the foods they eat and the things they do. It’s a platform that will enable greater control over food choices and food freedom – and we believe we can have a substantial social impact, enabling people to eat and live better by accurately understanding food. impact of their choices.
“As an example, one member of our team has a strong taste for cider and discovered that a particular brand raised his blood sugar quite significantly, whereas switching to an alternative brand had much less of an impact. Repeated spikes in blood sugar can have a very negative impact on weight and health – and eventually lead to diabetes and other diseases. Glucose Republic’s goal, therefore, is to provide users with better tailored information about their diet and, in doing so, reduce reliance on generic diets and exercise regimens that often have little or no impact on some people. .
Healthier individuals and huge healthcare savings
David and his team view the Glucose Republic platform as a game-changer for macro and micro-level health: “The extrapolated effect is, of course, healthier individuals making more informed decisions, resulting in better population health, lower incidence of obesity and diabetes – and huge healthcare savings in terms of time and money.
“Until now, blood glucose monitoring has been almost exclusively the domain of diabetes – because keeping track of glucose peaks and troughs is extremely important, to adjust insulin levels. This involves blood punctures. and frequent monitoring – or the use of newer devices that constantly monitor but are expensive and still invasive.
“Little is known, however, that glucose has a major impact on the health of people without diabetes or pre-diabetes – those who begin to have problems with insulin regulation and who have a poor response to glucose. In fact , glucose rather than fat is probably the biggest link to obesity rather than fat But most people don’t know what their glycemic profile looks like until it’s too late and they suffer type 2 diabetes.
“Type 2 is probably a lifelong disease unless you can resolve the underlying issues within months of diagnosis. It’s further complicated by the fact that everyone’s body handles different foods in a different way – while I might be able to eat some Greek foods for example with little impact, you might find that it makes you take weight and your glucose spikes up.”
“Thus, Glucose Republic gives people without diabetes a better understanding of how different foods affect them and, in doing so, helps them make better food choices, thereby reducing their risk of becoming diabetic or having other more serious health problems. late in life”
Ultimately, this means we can each have our own tailored eating plan that works for us. If everyone processes food differently, why should a standard diet work for everyone? The few Indian takeaways might not be a problem for you or me, but I should avoid the chicken tikka and you should stick to the saag aloo. That’s what the Glucose Republic platform will tell you.
We’re excited to see the development and launch of the groundbreaking Glucose Republic app, especially since it’s based on a freemium model, with basic features free and a subscription for more advanced features. It could completely change the way we eat, drink and live our lives.
Food for thought, indeed.