Virta Health is on a mission to reverse Type 2 Diabetes. The group was formed by leading scientists, technologists and doctors coming from Harvard, Stanford and MIT and backed by big name investors donating $37M to fund the project. Their approach to the project is using personalized nutrition, remote monitoring and one-on-one coaching aimed at being able to reverse the disease, instead of having to turn to surgery or medication.
It used to be that the only way to reverse diabetes was through bariatric surgery. This is the first time that people have an alternative available to them that isn’t costly, risky and not covered by insurance. The goal is to be able to completely reverse diabetes in 100M individuals by the time 2025 hits. While this might seem like a rather ambitious goal, they are dedicated to making it happen. Their motivation stems from the countless lives they have been able to change already.
The group consists of Inkinen, the co-founder and former president of Trulia, UC Davis Professor Dr. Stephen Phinney, bringing 40-years of nutritional biochemistry experience to the table and Dr. Jeff Volek, an Ohio State professor with 20-years of research on the effects physical activity and nutrition have on your health.
Their efforts have been focused on nutritional ketosis and carbohydrate intake where your body burns fat instead of glucose as its primary source of fuel. This eliminates the need for surgery or a bunch of harmful medications. This individualized approach could help lower hemoglobin levels as well.
While there is a lot that needs to be done, there is a lot of progress being made. During the clinical trial run, 87 percent of participants were able to reduce or eliminate their insulin dependence. Out of those individuals, 71 percent also lost 5 percent of their body weight, which is quite significant. If the findings continue down this path, it will only be a matter of time before they have a cure for all Type 2 Diabetes patients.