Mexico’s first digital diabetes clinic, CLIVI, opened just a few days ahead of World Diabetes Day, observed this Sunday. The clinic will make treatments much more accessible for patients with type 2 diabetes.
Mexico is one of the world’s leading countries for diabetes cases, currently standing as the sixth country with most diabetes patients even though it only has one tenth of the world’s population. The National Survey on Health and Nutrition (ENSANUT), last updated in 2018, determined that 10.3 percent of Mexico’s population lives with type 2 diabetes. Of the country’s population above 20 years of age, there are 8.6 million diabetes patients, representing 11.4 percent of the female population and 9.1 percent of the male.
The International Diabetes Federation expects diabetes cases to rise by the end of the decade, as the number of people living with diabetes could rise to 578 million by 2030, gloabbly. The federation also warns that Mexico could climb to fifth place in the number of diabetics in the world.
This expected rise goes hand-in-hand with the rising of overweight and obesity among Mexico’s population, with the percentage of obese individuals in the country expected to reach 88 percent by 2050. The links between rising levels of obesity and diabetes type 2 diagnoses are firmly established, with medical professionals estimating those who are obese are 80 times more likely to develop diabetes.
CLIVI aims to address the country’s growing need for effective and affordable diabetic medical attention through its digital clinic. To access, all one needs is a glucometer and a mobile device with the communication app WhatsApp.
The program makes managing health easier through reminders of the blood’s glucose level and body weight and access to monitorial graphics and content relevant to diabetics. It also provides invitations to workshops and seminars with a medical team, guides on diabetes care and the opportunity to communicate with and ask questions to CLIVI’s medical team.
Through CLIVI, users have saved MX$12,000 (US$582) compared to traditional diabetes care. An estimated 98 percent of users have increased their glucometer control three times, 10 percent have reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) in the first three months of subscription and 95 percent have reduced their glycosylated hemoglobin by more than 1.3 percent in their first three months using CLIVI.
User testimonies mention more energy, finding nutritionists and fitness coaches and an overall easy-to-use setup allowing them to better control their type 2 diabetes. CLIVI already counts with more than 9,000 subscribers across the nation. Diabetic individuals can register through the clinic’s website, clivi.com.mx, for a completely digital experience.