Mobile phone app for managing diabetes

AN INTERACTIVE mobile phone application designed to improve self-management of diabetes could be on the way. 

Although it is not yet widely available, a year-long randomised controlled study of the app at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has shown promising results.

In the study, 169 participants were assigned to receive either standard diabetes care or treatment that was facilitated by the app software, which provided real-time feedback on blood sugar levels, displayed medication regimens and served as a ‘virtual coach’.

The system also sent computer-generated logbooks and suggested treatment plans to the patient’s primary care doctor.

During the 12-month study period, patients using the software were found to have an average 1.9% reduction in HbA1c levels. 

The authors point out that this finding has significance because previous research has shown that even a 1% decrease in HbA1c can