Diabetes Forecast

Text Reminders Improve Glucose Control

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

A primary care–based mobile health program that sends text messages to people with diabetes may improve blood glucose control and save money, researchers found in a study of 348 university employee health plan members with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Those receiving reminders, such as “Time to check your blood glucose,” reported they improved taking medicine as directed and ate healthfully. At six months their A1C levels—a measure of average blood glucose—had dropped by 0.7 percentage points on average. Their medicine use increased, but they made fewer non-diabetes-related doctor visits, saving the health plan $437 per patient over the six-month study.  
Source: Health Affairs, February 2014



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