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Apps help Type 2 patients self-manage disease


Cardiff University in October found that smartphone apps could offer patients with Type 2 diabetes a highly effective method of self-managing their condition.

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“As we enter an era where portable technology increasingly is used to improve our lifestyles, as can already be seen with physical activity technology, apps can offer a large percentage of the world’s population a low-cost and dynamic solution to Type 2 diabetes management,” noted Ben Carter from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine. “By the end of the decade, it is predicted that global usage of mobile phones will exceed 5 billion, so apps, used in combination with other self-management strategies, could form the basis of diabetes education and self-management.”

A systematic review of 14 previous studies involving 1,360 patients found that all had reported a reduction in average blood-glucose levels in patients who used an app, compared with those who did not, with an approximate reduction in HbA1c of about 0.5%. The analysis also found that younger patients were more likely to report a benefit.

Diabetes management includes monitoring and managing blood-glucose levels. Current diabetes apps allow patients to enter data and provide feedback on improved management.

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