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Text messages may help control diabetes

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Diabetes can be a very difficult illness to manage. A recent study has found text messages may help to manage this condition. Text messages are helpful in controlling diabetes reported Science Daily on June 13, 2014.

A study has shown a text message-based self-management intervention program improves glycemic control in high risk Latinos who are suffering from type 2 diabetes. In this study the messages focused on healthy nutrition tips, the benefits which are seen with physical activity and medication adherence. There were also requests to check blood sugar and to send back the results.

Text messages are really helpful in controlling diabetes reports Scripps Health in a review of this study. This research was part of the Dulce Digital study which was conducted by the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute. This is a subsidiary of Scripps Health and is one of the leading Diabetes research, patient care, and education organizations.

Athena Philis-Tsimikas, M.D., corporate vice president for the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, has said the use of mobile phones in health care has been found to be promising. There has been particular promise to this approach seen in dealing with low-income populations with chronic diseases. The use of text messages helped to get around many of the barriers these patients face, such as difficulties with transportation or childcare, while still being able to offer diabetes care and education. It appears text messaging offers a promising new dimension to help with successful control of diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

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