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Aug 17, 2021

She’s applying artificial intelligence to healthcare in groundbreaking ways.

At the age of 22, Noosheen Hashemi launched her career at Oracle. Those days during the 1980s were exciting times. Oracle the company experienced exponential growth - Noosheen was one of the power brokers who helped Oracle double its revenues for five straight years. 

Noosheen moved from Oracle in the mid-90s to a fintech company that was instrumental in bringing financial, educational content to companies like E-Trade and Charles Schwab during the dot com heyday. 

After this dot com was sold, Noosheen started a family and a couple of foundations who began investing in many companies, which involved Noosheen working closely with nonprofits and think tanks. 

During those think tank years, Noosheen “became very wonky.” Her interest in the government's ability to solve problems (and create problems) took off. 

With a deep interest in creating lasting change for the betterment of humanity, and after careful, systematic research, Noosheen decided to “bet on herself” by starting her own tech company: January AI

There are reasons why Noosheen pursued the private sector to make a difference. She shares with Wade those reasons in this episode. Listen as she shares how her multiple careers prepared her to lead today’s brand new seed-stage precision health tech company that’s got people talking. 

Wait till you hear what January AI offers - user-friendly AI that helps prevent, predict, and postpone chronic disease. 

Diabetes is where Noosheen’s company is already making waves - did you know 80% of the population is prediabetic and doesn’t know it? 

Are you? 

Tune in and discover how AI can help you predict and prevent future illnesses. 

In this podcast, we cover: 

  • The incredible technology Noosheen’s company is developing to stop diabetes
  • Which is more effective at bettering society: business or philanthropy? 
  • How to know if you qualify as someone who is pre-diabetic
  • How technology can be used to help you eat better and feel better
  • How January AI can predict your glycemic response 33 hours into the future
  • Using personalized technology to find desserts that are a good fit for YOU while avoiding foods that spike YOUR blood sugar
  • How to create “psychological leverage” to foster self-discipline in your food choices
  • The two tech “wearables” January AI requires that take data from your body to provide digital glucose management solutions
  • Changes in U.S. healthcare Noosheen sees coming in ten to twenty years
  • What does January AI do (and NOT do) with your health data
  • China’s role in the future of AI and genome data harvesting
  • Will “singularity” become our reality? 

Do you have diabetes? 

January AI started with a focus on diabetes for a good reason - far too many people end up with one type of diabetes or another at some point in life. 

In her conversation with Wade, Noosheen says we should think about diabetes as a spectrum. We all are on a metabolic health spectrum, some more healthy than others. The healthier side of the spectrum is where a person has better metabolic fitness. They can go from fasting to feeding quickly as their body makes speedy adjustments. This person has enough insulin to process glucose. 

According to Noosheem, 34 million Americans have diabetes, and 88 million have prediabetes - many of them don’t know this. 

Why is this possible? Because with no symptoms and no testing, how else would someone be able to know they are prediabetic? 

While Noosheen goes into further detail on this situation, she points out a test you can pick up at a local store that provides a quick and easy way to tell if you are prediabetic or not. 

Here is a glimpse of AI helping people live healthier lives:

Here is Nooshen describing how January AI works with the average user:

“We look at what you have been doing and eating. We create a behavioral model and a biological model of your body. This is the core data that tells us what you’re going to do next.”

This provides a “prediction ability” that the AI service can use for your benefit. Noosheen explains, “For biohackers, instead of putting things through your beautiful body that you fine-tuned so much, why don’t you instead put this info through the AI, and let the AI tell you how you’re going to respond. Why eat this? After only four days of training, you can take off the CGM, and the AI will continue to predict for you.” 

“The AI tells you which pizza you should eat, this pancake vs. that pancake, this grocery item vs. that grocery time. You can compare graphs to decide what you should do. You can compare any two grocery items or recipes. We have 2 million recipes in our database. How will you respond to eating this or that? Our AI will tell you.” 

“It will tell you how many minutes you have to walk to get back into a healthy blood sugar range after eating. So, if you eat a huge meal, you need to walk an hour and a half, for example. If it’s Saturday and you don’t have an hour and a half, it tells you the price of walking in minutes. To get your blood sugar back in the healthy range, it guides you. The AI can tell if you have been fasting for 15 hours. It makes recommendations as you go, like ‘maybe you should drop that particular yogurt because it has a high glycemic index. Instead, why don’t you shift to this yogurt instead?”

“We train people’s pallets over a period of time to move to lower glycemic foods without making it so extreme.” 

Wade’s questions took a deep dive into some topics surrounding AI and the future of healthcare. As a Silicon Valley veteran of almost four decades - Noosheen provides many glimpses into what awaits us as AI technology marries healthcare. Episode 156 is one fascinating interview you don’t want to miss. 

Noosheen says “singularity” is inevitable - possibly as soon as 2030. 

Are you ready for the “brave new world” of futuristic healthcare technology? Find out by listening! 

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