61 years old, retired Sr. Administration officer at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at the age of 46. He has stopped Insulin and reduced his HbA1c from 8.3% to 6.0% with BeatO.
As none of his parents have diabetes, Mr. Idrisi admits his diabetes was born out of his unhealthy lifestyle. His job was stressful – his 8-hour-workday at the hospital often extended to 10-12 hours.
“I was always tired and was experiencing frequent urination. The symptoms were not prominent but my diabetes got spotted. I took it very easy in the beginning. I thought I’ll be fine soon, without any formal medication. I tried everything from exercise, homeopathy to ayurveda. But things did not get better.“
Mr. Idrisi recalls, “there are incidents that move you. One of my colleagues was also diabetic. He never took proper care. He didn’t take medicines on time, didn’t control his eating habits, and was very casual about his condition. We lost him to Diabetes. I still think about him. He was a senior accounts officer and a very good friend of mine. That’s also when I decided to do something about my Diabetes.“
Mr. Idrisi used several glucometers but was never satisfied with their accuracy and cost-effectiveness until he stumbled upon BeatO.
“Once I went to get my routine tests done. I got my HbA1c results. And to my surprise, it was exactly the same as predicted on the BeatO app. I thought it was a coincidence. But when this happened again I was convinced and satisfied with BeatO’s accuracy. Now it is the only glucometer I use. I find it extremely cost-effective and easy to use”
Regular monitoring using the BeatO App started bringing his sugar down. He used the glucometer and BeatO app’s log and trend features for two things – “One I tested to find out what foods suit me and second, to analyse and monitor my sugar so I could get rid of insulin.”
Over time he reduced from 15 units to 10, to 8, to now injecting no insulin at all! Mr. Idrisi’s HbA1c levels have also dropped – from 8-plus to around 6!
Mr. Idrisi’s wife is also diabetic and on insulin. After his success with BeatO, he motivates her by saying if he can leave insulin, she can too!
He laughingly mentions, “my wife really likes the colour coding of the readings. Whenever it’s green, she’s really happy. When it’s red she feels alarmed and says – kuch gadbad hai, lagta hai kuch galat kha liya aaj. (Reading is high, I guess I ate something wrong today).“
Mr. Idrisi is retired now. He stays home, focusing on his health and helping his wife in the kitchen nowadays. He is very happy with BeatO and openly advocates for us. He has advised many people in his hospital to use BeatO.
“I have worked as a procurement officer for a hospital so I know – what BeatO gave me for Rs.800, I would have got the same things from other places for Rs.1500!” With a smile he adds, “If BeatO came to my life 10 years back, I would have a log of 10 years of my sugar readings!”