In Brief Health care startup Virta is proposing a new type of treatment for type 2 diabetes, which revolves around personalized nutrition and constant contact with a medical professional. Down with Diabetes
More than 29 million people suffer from diabetes in the United States alone. Now, a new healthcare startup called Virta claims that it can stamp out the condition for good — and what’s more, it plans to do so using little more than a sensible diet plan and a smartphone app.
Virta puts its patients on a nutrition plan that cuts out sugar and bad carbohydrates. To make sure that they can stick to this diet safely, they’re kept in constant contact with a trained physician, exchanging text messages and engaging in video calls as often as every day.
Each patient’s plan is highly individualized, with everything from their food intake, to their recommended
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