New Phone App Helps Diabetic Patients Accurately Monitor Blood Sugar While On The Go
Posted Apr 25 2013 10:00pm
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that a new mobile phone application can help a diabetic patient accurately monitor their blood sugar levels.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/diabetes-articles/mobile-help-for-diabetics) notes, the mobile age is here to stay. By now, most have probably succumbed to the lure of owning a cellular phone. Not only can a person take that cell phone with them wherever they go, but they can also stay connected to the Internet. With new applications, or apps, being developed each day, people can now use their smartphones to help them choose the healthiest items at the grocery store, find a registered massage therapist along with reviews, and even find maps, phone numbers, and other useful information regarding their health and health care providers.
But as the article “Mobile Help for Diabetics” reports, mobile phones can do even more than that: now they can be used to check a person’s blood sugar. That’s right: just download an application, or app. This is a helpful tool for those with type 2 diabetes who must monitor their blood sugar each and every day.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that researchers from University College London recently investigated if online programs could help diabetics to better manage their condition and improve their symptom outcomes. Part of the appeal of online tools aimed at managing diabetes is that there is little to no cost for the patient or the healthcare system. And, of course, as was already touched on, cell phones can’t be beat when it comes to getting instant access to information on the go—no driving to the healthcare clinic needed!
As the article outlines, to determine if computer-based software applications are helpful in any significant way, the research team reviewed how different programs performed in a number of different areas. The programs that were most effective offered feedback, advice, reinforcement, help with goal-setting, and what the researchers called “patient decision support.” Mobile apps were more effective at helping people with blood glucose control than using computer-based interventions.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by advising its readers that this is definitely something to look into if they must monitor their blood sugar day in and day out. By getting this extra support and carry it with them, diabetics may just get the motivation they need to keep managing their diabetes and to stay as healthy as they can.