Doctors Helping Patients Manage Blood Sugar Via Text Message

Type 1 Diabetes MessageUsing mobiles to send text messages to Type 1 Diabetics from a healthcare professional combined with using an iPhone app significantly improves blood sugar control in adults with type 1 diabetes according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

They used two groups to carry out a randomized controlled trial of 72 people; both groups were asked to visit their primary diabetes healthcare practitioner every three months as usual.

People in to the intervention group were told how to download Glucose Buddy.

(This is a free diabetes self-management app for the iPhone that allows people to manually enter blood sugar levels, dosages of insulin, other medications, physical activities and diet).

Also a text-message program was used to text message the people from a Certified Diabetes Educator.

The intervention period was 6 months 1,714 text messages in total were sent, which is approximately 2 text messages per person per week.

It was found that by using a mobile was effective in improving blood sugar control in people with type 1 diabetes.

Out of the 72 patients who started the trial 53 completed the trial.

The intervention group had significantly improvement of blood sugar control from the beginning to the 9 month follow-up, compared to the control group.

Below is a video of Page who is a Type 1 diabetic and she was part of a small study by her Doctor who sent her text messages, here what she has to say about her experience.

It might be a good idea to find an app for your phone if you are a Type 1 diabetic that allows you to enter your blood sugar levels and other info as well as sending yourself a regular text message encouraging you to check your blood sugar levels at regular intervals.

Glucose Buddy Diabetes Helper: Is a free iPhone app which helps you log your blood sugar levels, insulin dosages, carb intake and daily activities. You can also sync the logs to so you can view your data history for free.

OnTrack Diabetes: This is a free Android app which helps by tracking various items such as blood sugar, food, medication, blood pressure, pulse, weigh and exercise.

TrackMyShots: This app is for window mobiles and it that allows users to keep track of daily injections without carrying around a paper and pencil.

HiFutureSelf: Sends reminders to you which is a great way to ensure you are checking your blood levels often, it’s for iPhones and is free.

Life Reminders: Is from Google Play is also great for sending messages to yourself.

If you are seeking a more medical one then MyMedSchedule is very comprehensive (from google play or itunes app).

MyMeds: Is a medication manager and pill reminder and is available for Android, iPhone and the web, there is a small charge of $9.99 per year for this service but it does look good.

RxmindMe: Is also a highly rated app that is a medicine reminder and pill tracker for iPhone.