SAN DIEGO – Daily text messages can help improve blood sugar management for people with Type 2 diabetes, a study has found.
“Use of a simple, low-cost text-messaging program was found to be highly acceptable,” said the researchers in a paper about the study published recently in Diabetes Care magazine.
Groups of low-income, Hispanic participants with poorly controlled Type 2 diabetes received the Dulce Digital Intervention or usual care for their diabetes. The Dulce Digital participants received up to three motivational, educational, and/or call-to-action text messages each day over six months.
The study found that the Dulce Digital group achieved a significantly greater reduction in blood glucose over time, and satisfaction and acceptability ratings were high.
“Text messaging may provide one of the most rapid methods to overcome the ‘digital divide’ to improve care,” the researchers said in the paper.