First Up for Google Life Sciences–Tackling Diabetes

diabetes-776999_640Last month, Google announced that it was creating a new holding company called Alphabet and spinning off all non-core activities from the Google brand–including life sciences work inside Google X. According to a report from NPR, the first disease Google Life Sciences will target is diabetes.

With over 30 million children and adults in the U.S. currently suffering from the disease, diabetes is the primary cause of death for 70,000 Americans each year according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Google Life Sciences will research new therapies to improve diabetes care in collaboration with French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi.

Zintro expert Chandra B. Carty is thankful to Google and Sanofi for their research focus. Carty, a Registered Licensed Dietician/Nutritionist, explains, “Each year I encounter more newly diagnosed patients with diabetes who are very confused about diabetes management. Currently, there are a variety of management tools. However, there is no tool that provides the information in a format that is easily understood by the average consumer.

“With the technology we have today, the diabetes community needs a smart device that will help consumers manage their lives easily. Both Sanofi and Google have the resources and technology to do that. I hope this new relationship will not provide some of the old management tools but new cognitive systems between man and computer that take disease management to a different level.”

Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist Judith Coulson has a different opinion. “I think Google is completely missing the point. The world does not need new drugs or gadgets to tackle the global diabetes epidemic. The world needs food and lifestyle education.

“Diabetes Type II is a chronic disease, which means 90% is food and lifestyle choices. Educate people on how to eat, how to cook, how to shop, how to read food labels, how not to listen to food marketing. Put restrictive policies in place for food manufacturers to stop using fat, salt, sugar and wheat as core ingredients in processed food and you will very quickly see the numbers going down. All the published research in the last two years have shown the same results. The lifestyle choices we make are what is making us sick and costing states, individuals, and the economy a fortune.”

Independent Researcher and Consultant Jana Bogs, Ph.D. is also a strong advocate of diabetes prevention or reversal through proper diet. She explains, “This involves a return to a largely raw vegetable-based diet, using ‘beyond organic’ vegetables. ‘Beyond organic’ produce is grown without toxic chemicals in the soil that is carefully balanced with minerals and beneficial microorganisms.

“I’ve done research on human blood glucose response to fruits grown under differing cultivation systems, comparing ‘beyond organic’ apples to those conventionally grown. Even though the apples from the ‘beyond organic growing system’ (BOGS) were sweeter, they have a lower blood glycemic response. We have to work with Mother Nature, not against her, if we wish to experience optimal health. There is no substitute for high-quality foods.”

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