Diabetes Solutions Landscape, US Phase 2, Part 1 CLEAN UP - Noom and Fitness Buddy
The data for Noom and Fitness Buddy has been reviewed, formatted and corrected or clarified where necessary and is in the attached spreadsheet.
Noom's Diabetes Management Platform and App is a coaching program to help a person modify behavior, lose weight and improve fitness with the end goal of improving health outcomes particularly regarding prediabetic conditions.
The following information has been clarified on the spreadsheet:
The CDC manages the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) where public and private organizations work towards improving health outcomes for those who are prediabetic or predisposed to diabetes. For a Diabetes Prevention Program to be accredited by the CDC, it is required to met certain standards including efficacy.
In a peer-reviewed study, Noom was able to demonstrate that of the study's 35,921 participants, 77.9% achieved weight loss whilst using the app with 22.7% losing over 10% of their body mass.
Usage information for Noom's app is not publicly available, however, in a scientific study published 7 November 2016, the median duration of use was 267 days, with men using it slightly longer than women at 276 to 264 days.
It is stated in a press release that two health centers in South Korea, Suji gu and Kwangju-si, took users through the 16-week program with improvements in fasting blood glucose levels from "pre-diabetic levels (124.9 mg/dl) to healthy levels (91.1 mg/dl). Triglycerides levels and blood pressure also improved in participants." We have looked for evidential information regarding the blood glucose levels returning to healthy levels, however, were unable to locate any peer-reviewed study or data to support the claim.
Azumio's Fitness Buddy is a tracking and exercise app which also provides coaching on overall health. Azumio has a range of health related apps and the Fitness Buddy integrates with these programs.
In seeking to identify the scientific studies completed on this app, we can advise that no scientific studies have been undertaken. However, whilst there were no published studies for Azumio's Fitness Buddy app, Azumio has provided data sets to scientific researchers -- including 717,5217 anonymized Argus app users with 68,000,000 days of "minute-by-minute step recordings" and another data set from 5,000,000 Azumo app users for a "NIH backed Standford study" -- from the following app programs:
Though we know that Fitness Buddy integrates with other apps, including Argus, we are unable to determine if data from this particular app was presented to scientific researchers.
Whilst these references are aged, we did find a 2013 article where medical professionals note the positive health benefits when using the Fitness Buddy app and the "AppRx Top Health & Medical Apps for Android Annual Report" in 2015 where it notes that a Dr. Mitchell Vogel +73 doctors recommend the app.
The requests for formatting, correction and clarification on our previous research have been completed and can be found in the attached spreadsheet.