Frequently Asked Questions Diabetes 2 Doorbreken

What is the purpose of the planned pilot?

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Ancora Diabetes2Doorbreken aims to pioneer a new approach to diabetes reversal. Through our planned pilot program, we expect to conclusively demonstrate the value of a ‘360 degree’, custom-designed plan for type 2 diabetes, harnessing the latest technology with personal support for each participant in the study. We want the Netherlands to become the world’s first country where the incidence of diabetes among the population goes into reversal!

We expect to start the pilot in summer 2021, with 500 type 2 diabetics taking part. The program is planned to run for approximately six months, subject to confirmation and funding from all partners involved in the study (primary healthcare association, health insurance provider, etc.).

What will the planned pilot look like?

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We plan to start by mailing participants a package including a saliva kit to collect DNA data, a glucose patch to monitor blood sugar levels, a weighing scale and a wearable tech device to track sleep and daily activity levels. Participants will be asked to provide a blood sample as part of a glucose tolerance test, which measures the body’s response to sugar (glucose). We will analyse each participant’s data and put together a personalized diabetes remission plan in consultation with the participant and a diabetes specialist.

Do I have to pay to join the pilot program?

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The costs of taking part in the pilot are expected to be fully covered by our research partners, meaning there would be no costs to you.

Is it possible to reverse type 2 diabetes?

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Type 2 diabetes can be remissioned by addressing the root causes creating it. Everyone’s diabetes is different. For example, your diabetes might be caused by muscle or liver insulin resistance, or it might be triggered by low production of insulin in your pancreas. Ancora Diabetes2Doorbreken helps you identify your individual root causes with a personalized action plan and diet plan for you to drive improvement/remission.

How important is my diet in reversing type 2 diabetes?

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Diet is one of several important factors. With the Diabetes2Doorbreeken pilot program we will give you a personalized diet plan taking into account your needs and preferences. We know it takes an effort from your side to stick to a new diet, but it will be important for you to change your food habits in order to reverse your diabetes. You can count on us for guidance and support every step of the way.

I want to take part. What do I need to commit to?

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You need to be motivated to make serious nutrition choices and to make some adjustments to your daily routines around physical activity, mindfulness and sleep. Of course, we will try to make the adjustments as easy as possible for you and will support you along the way, always keeping in mind the root causes of your diabetes.

What kind of personal guidance will I get?

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We will guide you to achieve your goals. You will be part of a small group community (10-20 people) and have frequent contact with our lifestyle coaches and diabetes nurses during a period of 20 weeks. You will also be asked to continue your regular appointments with your primary care physician or diabetologist to monitor your progress as you go along.

Who can participate in the pilot?

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You must be a type 2 diabetic and be a resident of the Netherlands. You must be willing to commit to the full duration of the pilot, which is expected to start in the third quarter of 2021 and last for 6 months. Register your interest now and we will contact you if you are selected to take part.

What kind of people are you looking for?

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We will prioritize people who indicate a strong motivation to reverse their diabetes through the power of a healthy lifestyle. Register your interest now and we will contact you if you match the requirements.

How can I register my interest in the pilot?

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Register your interest here. We will contact you if you are selected with full details on the program and what to expect.

Who is behind Ancora?

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As one of Europe’s leading preventive health centers, Ancora empowers people to take control of their health, wellbeing and fitness. With health studios in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, we meet all the vital quality requirements to manage this program. You can trust that you will be treated by highly qualified professionals who always have your best interests at heart. You are in good hands with our expert team.

How will my data be used?

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You can trust us to adhere to the highest standards of data protection. We are committed to using your personal information for two purposes: 1.) giving you personalized and actionable information to reverse your diabetes and 2.) using anonymized, aggregate data from the pilot community to improve the science behind our program. For more details on Ancora’s data protection standards, please view our Privacy Policy.

Is diabetes a serious threat to my health?

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In the Netherlands, close to 1 million people (8% of the adult population) live with type 2 diabetes and many more are pre-diabetic. Left unchecked, diabetes can become a serious threat to health, leading to disorders in the circulatory, nervous and immune systems. Yet research shows it’s possible to send type 2 diabetes into remission, or reverse it. Through simple lifestyle changes, you can optimize your blood sugar levels without having to rely on medication.

What is the purpose of the planned pilot?

Ancora Diabetes2Doorbreken aims to pioneer a new approach to diabetes reversal. Through our planned pilot program, we expect to conclusively demonstrate the value of a ‘360 degree’, custom-designed plan for type 2 diabetes, harnessing the latest technology with personal support for each participant in the study. We want the Netherlands to become the world’s first country where the incidence of diabetes among the population goes into reversal!

We expect to start the pilot in summer 2021, with 500 type 2 diabetics taking part. The program is planned to run for approximately six months, subject to confirmation and funding from all partners involved in the study (primary healthcare association, health insurance provider, etc.).

What will the planned pilot look like?

We plan to start by mailing participants a package including a saliva kit to collect DNA data, a glucose patch to monitor blood sugar levels, a weighing scale and a wearable tech device to track sleep and daily activity levels. Participants will be asked to provide a blood sample as part of a glucose tolerance test, which measures the body’s response to sugar (glucose). We will analyse each participant’s data and put together a personalized diabetes remission plan in consultation with the participant and a diabetes specialist.

Do I have to pay to join the pilot program?

The costs of taking part in the pilot are expected to be fully covered by our research partners, meaning there would be no costs to you.

Is it possible to reverse type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be remissioned by addressing the root causes creating it. Everyone’s diabetes is different. For example, your diabetes might be caused by muscle or liver insulin resistance, or it might be triggered by low production of insulin in your pancreas. Ancora Diabetes2Doorbreken helps you identify your individual root causes with a personalized action plan and diet plan for you to drive improvement/remission.

How important is my diet in reversing type 2 diabetes?

Diet is one of several important factors. With the Diabetes2Doorbreeken pilot program we will give you a personalized diet plan taking into account your needs and preferences. We know it takes an effort from your side to stick to a new diet, but it will be important for you to change your food habits in order to reverse your diabetes. You can count on us for guidance and support every step of the way.

I want to take part. What do I need to commit to?

You need to be motivated to make serious nutrition choices and to make some adjustments to your daily routines around physical activity, mindfulness and sleep. Of course, we will try to make the adjustments as easy as possible for you and will support you along the way, always keeping in mind the root causes of your diabetes.

What kind of personal guidance will I get?

We will guide you to achieve your goals. You will be part of a small group community (10-20 people) and have frequent contact with our lifestyle coaches and diabetes nurses during a period of 20 weeks. You will also be asked to continue your regular appointments with your primary care physician or diabetologist to monitor your progress as you go along.

Who can participate in the pilot?

You must be a type 2 diabetic and be a resident of the Netherlands. You must be willing to commit to the full duration of the pilot, which is expected to start in the third quarter of 2021 and last for 6 months. Register your interest now and we will contact you if you are selected to take part.

What kind of people are you looking for?

We will prioritize people who indicate a strong motivation to reverse their diabetes through the power of a healthy lifestyle. Register your interest now and we will contact you if you match the requirements.

How can I register my interest in the pilot?

Register your interest here. We will contact you if you are selected with full details on the program and what to expect.

Who is behind Ancora?

As one of Europe’s leading preventive health centers, Ancora empowers people to take control of their health, wellbeing and fitness. With health studios in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, we meet all the vital quality requirements to manage this program. You can trust that you will be treated by highly qualified professionals who always have your best interests at heart. You are in good hands with our expert team.

How will my data be used?

You can trust us to adhere to the highest standards of data protection. We are committed to using your personal information for two purposes: 1.) giving you personalized and actionable information to reverse your diabetes and 2.) using anonymized, aggregate data from the pilot community to improve the science behind our program. For more details on Ancora’s data protection standards, please view our Privacy Policy.

Is diabetes a serious threat to my health?

In the Netherlands, close to 1 million people (8% of the adult population) live with type 2 diabetes and many more are pre-diabetic. Left unchecked, diabetes can become a serious threat to health, leading to disorders in the circulatory, nervous and immune systems. Yet research shows it’s possible to send type 2 diabetes into remission, or reverse it. Through simple lifestyle changes, you can optimize your blood sugar levels without having to rely on medication.