Navigation Links
Text messages helpful in controlling diabetes
Date:6/13/2014

"Don't forget! Check blood sugar before and after physical activity."

"Use small plates! Portions will look larger and you may feel more satisfied after eating."

"Tick, tock. Take your medication at the same time every day!"

These are just a few of the text messages that participants received as part of the Dulce Digital study conducted by the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, a subsidiary of Scripps Health and one of the nation's leading diabetes research, patient care and education organizations.

Initial results of the Dulce Digital study were presented at the 74th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in San Francisco on June 13. The study findings suggest that a text message-based self-management intervention improves glycemic control in high risk Latinos with type 2 diabetes.

"The use of mobile phones in health care is very promising, especially when it comes to low-income populations with chronic diseases," said Athena Philis-Tsimikas, M.D., corporate vice president for the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute. "We found that by using text messages we were able to circumvent many of the barriers these patients face, such as lack of transportation or childcare, while still being able to expand the reach of diabetes care and education."

Scripps partnered with a San Diego-based community clinic that provides services to a large proportion of Latino patients with type 2 diabetes. The 126 study participants were randomized into one of two arms: standard diabetes management care (control) only or text messaging and standard care. Standard care consisted of regular visits with a primary care physician and a brief computerized presentation conducted in English or Spanish that included; diabetes nutrition standards; desired targets for blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure; and medications recommended to achieve control.

For the text messaging group, the same standard care was provided but in addition messages were sent to their mobile devices at random times throughout the week. The messages focused on healthy nutrition tips, the benefits of physical activity and medication adherence, and requests to check blood sugar and send back results. Two to three messages were sent each day at the beginning of study enrollment, and the frequency tapered off over a six-month period.

"At the six-month mark, we found that the Dulce Digital participants had a significantly larger decrease in hemoglobin A1c test levels than the control group," said Dr. Tsimikas.

Potential next steps include incorporating text messaging into conventional self-management education programs. Patients may be seen in one-on-one visits or groups visits and then have the text messages added as supplements once they get home. Messages would continue as ongoing reminders of care over the next six months.


'/>"/>
Contact: Lisa Ohmstede
ohmstede.lisa@scrippshealth.org
858-361-7031
Scripps Health
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Political values influence peoples response to health disparities messages
2. Kids movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity
3. Influence of pro-smoking media messages lasts 7 days, study finds
4. Electronic whisper: Disney Research technology transmits audio messages via fingers touch
5. LDM and gMed Partner to Bring Clinically Relevant Healthcare Messages to Patients and Specialty Specific EHR Providers
6. Make This Yom Kippur More Special with Religious Blessings and Warm Messages from 123Greetings.com
7. Over 1 Million Eid Ul-Fitr Wishes Viewed at 123Greetings.com, To Share Celebratory Messages and Religious Blessings for Eid
8. Ecommerce Solution Expert Shopping Cart Elite Adds Dynamic Tags for Populating the Auto-Responder Support Desk Messages
9. MessageSolution Showcases its Cloud Archiving and eDiscovery Platform at HostingCon 2013, Introduces its Enhanced MSP Partner Program
10. MessageSolution Showcases its Newly Released Enterprise Archive and eDiscovery Platform 7.0 at Tech Expo, Supporting Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint 2013
11. MessageSolution Releases Enterprise eDiscovery Platform 7.0 at LegalTech 2013 West Coast Expo
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... 2016, a powerful cellular therapy software application that helps blood and marrow transplant ... , Since Transtem’s initial launch, Mediware has continued to enhance core application features. ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... International Conference on Obesity and ... 2016 at Las Vegas. It aims to bring together academicians, scientists, dietitians, surgeons, ... organizations across the globe; making the conference a perfect platform to share experience ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) ... of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in ... than 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters. , “I’m pleased to welcome ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... , ... Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates ... possibility in her keynote address at Georgia State University’s spring commencement on ... rich experience as a scientist, physician and executive, Desmond-Hellmann leads the Gates Foundation’s efforts ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Baltimore, Md. (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... devastating consequences of inappropriate or excessive levels of alcohol use. Alcohol and its ... fetal alcohol spectrum disorders to the susceptibility to strokes in those 65 years and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... OSWEGO, Ore. , May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... endovascular medical technology, today announced Food and Drug ... cardiac resynchronization defibrillator that provides heart failure patients ... scans. Iperia devices also have remote monitoring with ... that adapts the heart rate in response to ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016   BIOTRONIK ... of extending care beyond the implant at the Heart ... 4-7 in San Francisco . ... delivering the highest quality of patient care and satisfaction ... cared for each and every tomorrow," said Marlou ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 2016 Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & ... a woman who says its talc-based powder products caused ... Ristesund $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) , This is the ... In February, the same court awarded $72 million to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: