Study: Digital tools for diabetes unhelpful

Posted on April 2, 2013 08:15 am

A study published last week in Cochrane Library has revealed that although consumers have various apps and online resources to manage the disease, such kind of tools bring little improvement to blood pressure, weight and other issues. According to the researchers, they offer little help to change peoples’ behaviors. Researchers from University College London reviewed data from 16 trials involving a total of 3,578 people with type 2 diabetes who used computers or mobile phones as part of diabetes self management interventions for between one and 12 months. Although there were significant benefits for controlling blood sugar levels according to their research, they however tapered off after 180 days.

Their evidence also indicates that while some of the tools like apps, online peer support, glucose indicators and goal setting, helped in providing better understanding of the disease, they failed to do much in promoting positive changes in diet and fitness. Effective self-management is a complex task that may require changes to many aspects of people’s lives according to a lead researcher involved in the study. They concluded by saying that intervention to help that process requires sustained support behavior change in different areas like eating habits, emotional support, physical activity and taking medication regularly.


Contador Harrison