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Text Messages improve Diabetes among Youngsters

Cell phone technology is of a lot of great help in a lot of sectors or fields of life, one of the most important being in the health sector. And here is another important reason on how cell phone technology is of service to the health.

Jennifer Dyer, working as an endocrinologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the city of Columbus in Ohio, United States of America, holds the MD, MPH degrees. She has been working for a long time with diabetes patients, particularly young diabetes patients, those who are in their adolescent stage and had been working hard to find a method to remind her patients about their own treatment activities at different points in time throughout the day.

Finally, she was able to devise a method to do just that by developing an application for unlocked  iPhone4 users, who are in their adolescent stages, to remind them about them about their regular treatment activities, so that they do not miss a single dosage and mess with their treatment schedule. There was a pilot study just before this; examining if at all, text messages or SMS could be used to remind patients to take their dosages. This pilot study paved the way for the new application, which sends text messages to patients reminding them about their dosages. This pilot study found an increase in the adherence to treatment and improvement of blood glucose levels.

Dyer then, made an application for a grant and decided to test the application on a more wide scale. If it is made available to the masses, it will allow the people in the management of their health, particularly for those suffering from chronic illnesses like diabetes. The idea is a wonderful thing and particularly for the youngsters, who are highly into text messages, is very helpful to them.

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