"The aim and design of the game is simple," said Arnd Prilipp, Launch and Established Products CVM Boehringer Ingelheim. "However, effective management of type 2 diabetes and its complications is not. To simulate this, players are tasked with simultaneously saving the healthy lifestyle items whilst combating the many complications - and it is not easy."
The objective of the game is to effectively manage type 2 diabetes and its complications by clicking or swiping the complications and 'friends', which are the healthy steps for managing the condition, to the correct side of the screen to maintain optimal patient health for as long as possible. During the course of the game, the user learns about the diverse range of complications that can be associated with type 2 diabetes and also about positive lifestyle choices that can help combat the progression of the disease. As the game becomes increasingly difficult, the user learns just how challenging it can be for physicians and patients to take all of these complications and lifestyle choices into consideration at the same time.
Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes can lead to hyperglycaemia which, if untreated in the long-term, can cause serious medical complications in all parts of the body.(1) Diabetes-related complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye problems and foot ulcers.(2)
Complications Combat can be played at www.complicationscombat.com and iPad users can download the free touchscreen app at https://itunes.apple.com/hk/app/complication-combat-how-long/id640173022?mt=8.
An estimated 371 million people worldwide have Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.(1) Type 2 Diabetes is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 90% of all diabetes cases.(3) Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body either does not properly produce, or use, the hormone insulin.(4)
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company
In January 2011, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company announced an alliance in the field of diabetes that centers on three compounds representing several of the largest treatment classes. This alliance leverages the companies' strengths as two of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, combining Boehringer Ingelheim's solid track record of research-driven innovation and Lilly's innovative research, experience, and pioneering history in diabetes. By joining forces, the companies demonstrate commitment in the care of patients with diabetes and stand together to focus on patient needs.
About Boehringer Ingelheim
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 140 affiliates and more than 46,000 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.
As a central element of its culture, Boehringer Ingelheim pledges to act socially responsible. Involvement in social projects, caring for employees and their families, and providing equal opportunities for all employees form the foundation of the global operations. Mutual cooperation and respect, as well as environmental protection and sustainability are intrinsic factors in all of Boehringer Ingelheim's endeavors.
In 2012, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 14.7 billion euro. R&D expenditure in the business area Prescription Medicines corresponds to 22.5% of its net sales.
About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organisations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical needs.
1. International Diabetes Federation. Available at: www.idf.org. Last accessed January 2013.
2. Dang CN BA. Changing perspectives in diabetic foot ulcer management. Int J Low Extrem Wounds 2003;2(1)::4-12.
3. World Health Organization. Fact Sheet No. 312 Diabetes 2009 [cited 2013 January 2013]; Available from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs312/en/index.html#
4. International Diabetes Federation. What is Diabetes? IDF Diabetes Atlas. 2011; (5th Edition).