Frequently Asked Questions


what does the app do?

Quin helps you make a decision about how much insulin to take for a food, or how to treat yourself for a walk or a run. The app also gives you a snapshot view of some of the different forces acting on your blood glucose at the current moment, taking into account food, “bolus” and “basal” insulin.

who can use Quin?

At the moment Quin is only available on iOS. Quin is currently most valuable to people following a multiple daily injection treatment (MDI), who aren't taking any other blood glucose lowering medication medication and are using a continuous glucose monitor that integrates with Apple Healthkit.

what is the big symbol in the app when I tap on "onboard"

We call it the onboard wheel. It's a representation of the things affecting your blood glucose at that moment in time. For now, we only show food - that pushes up your blood glucose and “bolus” and “basal” insulins - that push your blood glucose down. In the future we’d want to show more of the many factors that can have an effect on blood glucose.

what do the blue and green bands represent?

Blue bands are Quin’s way of representing insulin. We use different shades of blue to differentiate between “bolus” and “basal” insulins. The length of each band is how long that insulin acts on your body, according to the pharma manufacturer. The gradients on the bands show the acting strength of the insulin (again, according to the manufacturer). A darker blue corresponds to the strongest acting phase of the insulin.
Green bands are Quin’s way of representing food. We show them as acting 2 hours on your body (ie. pushing up your glucose for 2 hours), which is a generalisation. Some foods will last longer, some will last for less time. This is dependent on so many internal and external factors, known and unknown, so we have to generalise to find a simple way of showing it in the app. We chose 2 hours as this is the average lasting time of food in the body according to the available research from food science.