Hey there! You’ve heard about type 2 diabetes, right? This lifestyle-induced condition that develops during 20 years before the first symptoms?
Being diagnosed just means you’ve hit a threshold where complications start to arise. But you’ve been progressing on the type 2 diabetes spectrum for years.
Here is the most important thing you need to know:
Reversal means your blood glucose levels (sugar) or HbA1c are back in normal ranges. Remission means maintaining this healthy state long enough to get off medication and insulin.
Therapeutic approaches employ individualized carbohydrate restriction and nutritional ketosis to restore insulin sensitivity. Although these protocols are mainly focusing on nutrition, medication needs to be adjusted, and symptoms dealt with.
Our mission is to make sure that you and your loved ones can reach these outcomes. We want to eradicate lifestyle-induced conditions like type 2 diabetes by delivering continuous remote care.
Who’s “we”? Well, today I want to tell you the story about why the 3 of us, despite our different backgrounds, came together to tackle the massive epidemic of type 2 diabetes at scale.
As a medical doctor specialised in genomics and longevity, Adam clearly has a deep understanding of cutting-edge medical science. We discovered we shared a vision for the future of chronic care, and are passionate about the problem of aging. We are also huge fans of the same medical and tech podcasts.
Adam is mind-blowingly smart and truly visionary. One thing he said during our first encounter has entirely changed my perception of the epidemic:
Chronic diseases should be looked at through the prism of aging.
Suddenly, everything I knew and had been researching started to fit together in a new and more interesting way: metabolic diseases translate into accelerated aging.
He is not the kind of doctor who likes to prescribe medication as a short-term patch — rather, he was interested in sustainable solutions. We essentially had the same goal in mind: to design personalised lifestyles that optimize healthspan and lifespan, based on the latest science.
As the Chief Medical Officer, Adam designed a therapy for type 2 diabetes based on research and clinical studies using continuous assessment of your metabolism.
Fast-forward to a few months later, and the National Health Service in the UK signed on through their innovation arm. It was a turning point for us: we were able to start a trial for adoption of our digital therapy within the NHS.
More recently, fascinated by our approach, she sent us an email to tell us about her story and approach to nutrition, asking if we would be interested in having her on the team.
When Rachel was younger, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It’s a form of cancer affecting immune system cells. She was in remission for a many years, went to cookery school and worked as a chef, and then later went on to study nutrition.
Then, despite a healthy whole foods diet, a relaxing life in the countryside, and not smoking, she had a relapse. She was a picture of health, so it came as a surprise when the disease reappeared after 9 years.
But this time she was trained as a nutritionist, and started deep diving into the latest medical research.
Rachel knows what it’s like to live with an ongoing illness that needs to be managed.
Most oncologists today would say there is no need to adapt your diet after you’re diagnosed with lymphoma or during the treatment. But based on her research, Rachel created a personalised nutrition plan to leverage the effects of nutritional ketosis and improve gut health. She has never felt better in her entire life.
Rachel is now our lead nutritionist. Her personal experience allows her to understand your challenges and how to face them on a daily basis.
What about me? I’m an engineer by training and a product designer by passion. I’m an avid learner and science runs in my veins.
Last year I reversed my pre-diabetes in a few weeks using the nutritional ketosis therapy we use at Span and became a savvy biohacker in the process.
But my personal drive to help people through Span comes from losing a grandmother to type 2 diabetes, my dad’s experience of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, and my mom and her sister going through cancer, all of which taught me about what it's like to manage an illness.
As Peter Attia, a medical doctor we admire, puts it:
The single most important thing you can do to live longer is pick the right parents.
That’s something we don’t have control over, and I obviously didn’t do a good job there 😂 But the real opportunity comes when you focus on what you can actually change throughout the course of your life. And that’s where we come in.
We have all lived through type 2 diabetes in a unique way: it’s the number one thing on our mind when we wake up.
Our mission? Eradicate it by 2030 🚀
First, we want to provide you with the feedback tools to understand your metabolism. Then we can use the data we get from these tools to design a lifestyle that you enjoy and helps reverse metabolic chronic diseases that affect your daily life.
There’s more! On the way, we’re developing similar therapies based on clinical studies for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases as well as cancer, with the help of leading institutions such as Stanford University.
Here is what you need to know about us:
In upcoming articles, I’ll tell you about our therapies and how we design and deliver these to you in the comfort of your home.
Til next time 🙌🏽
I’m sure you’re curious about the science behind all this 🔬 Here are some recent medical publications our first therapy is based on: