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Celiac patient develops app to manager her disease

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2017-09-21 15:36

About the solution

“It is very difficult to follow a gluten-free diet because gluten is added to many foods as a preservative or a binding agent. Paper diaries have been the most frequently used tool for self-monitoring dietary behaviours. But they aren’t the most effective. Diaries can be tedious, time-consuming and often inaccurate”, the inventor explained.

First Justine did a research, and came to the conclusion that 78% of smartphone owners in Canada don’t leave home without their phones.

“Furthermore, apps that focus on diet, food or calorie-counting are the second most commonly downloaded health and wellness apps”, she added.

The app allows the user to follow a user-friend diet and have a symptom diary. It also helps users monitor symptoms, it also assists users to follow a nutritious gluten-free diet. It lists 50 of the healthiest gluten-free foods, a seven-day nutritious gluten-free meal plan, tips on how to cook for someone with celiac disease and has functions to help plan meal plans and grocery lists.

Justine invented the application with Desiree Nielsen, a dietitian, and Darlene Higbee Clarkin, a holistic nutritionist.

The app is free and is available for iOS.

More info: https://myhealthygut.com

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2xi9TBX

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

DISCLAIMER: This story was written by someone who is not the author of the solution, therefore please be advised that, although it was written with the utmost respect for the innovation and the innovator, there can be some incorrect statements. If you find any errors please contact the patient Innovation team via info@patient-innovation.com

About the author

Justine Dowd, from Canada, always had stomach problems, but it was only when she was 25 years old that she was diagnosed with celiac disease. She wanted an effective way to identify food that caused her problems, so she built MyHealthyGut, a mobile app to help manage the disease.

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