As we move on to 2017, we wish you all a year filled with peace, joy, and success. I extend our gratitude to our mentors and advisors for standing by us and having faith in us that we are moving in the right direction.
The year 2016 was a pivotal time for HabitNu. The company we were, versus the company we have become, shows us that our mission remains intact and impactful. After several reiterations and piloting, we developed a robust diabetes prevention program aligned with the national diabetes prevention program by the Centers for Disease Control. While our passion for helping 150 million people with diabetes and pre-diabetes in India is still alive, we decided to focus locally because the city of Chicago doesn’t have an active national diabetes prevention program!
In March 2016, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services took a strong step towards prevention by announcing that the national diabetes prevention program will be eligible for reimbursement starting in 2018. As you all know, 2017 is a year of uncertainty, but one fact remains the same. Diabetes and its co-morbid conditions are not going away. One out of ten adults in the US has Type 2 diabetes, and one of three has pre-diabetes. Among adults under the age of 75 diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness, kidney failure, and non-accident/injury leg and foot amputations. If current trends continue, as many as one in three adults in America could have diabetes by the year 2050.
HabitNu diabetes prevention program was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control in September 2016. We thank the 800+ people who tested the HabitNu program at different stages of development. Our CTO Gregg Cooke and our technical team worked very hard to build a stable and robust platform that can be used for managing not only diabetes but also other chronic conditions.
With great pride, we launched the first active community diabetes prevention program in Chicago this year (dppchicago.com). I thank our partners, the American Diabetes Association and the Advocate Heart Institute for joining us in this effort. Thank you Humana for providing the generous produce bags every month. Currently, we are expanding the Chicago diabetes prevention initiative in various institutions in Chicago and across the country.
Our commitment to preventing diabetes continues to be as strong as ever. With that note, I wish you a happy and prosperous new year.
Sindhu Rajan, Ph.D.