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New texting program helps diabetics manage their condition

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Texting seems to have taken over when it comes to communicating. Now, it's communicating to Type 2 Diabetics to help better manage their condition.

"Many people know what to do. They've received the education and they have lots of access to materials, but they need the motivation," Diabetes Coordinator Jaye Leopold says.

Jaye Leopold is the Diabetes coordinator at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. She says many Type 2 Diabetes patients can feel guilty when they have issues keeping their blood sugar leveled.

"There are so many people that it is so complex to really control properly," she explains. "It may not be that they are eating poorly, it may their medications need to be adjusted."

Text messaging is now a new option to help them.

"Even though it seems rather simplistic some of the texts are things like, ‘take your medication today,' But, people need those jogs," Leopold says.

A new study released from the University of Southern California tried a texting program on adults with poorly controlled Type 2 Diabetes.

After receiving at least two daily text messages, patients saw a drop in their blood glucose levels and saw an improvement in taking their medication.

"Everyone finds a chance to check their texts and it may be just something that flags a response," she adds. "To think, oh I forgot to refill my prescription or I do need to call and make another appointment with my doctor. I think it kind of helps, makes them feel like someone else is caring about them."

There are a variety of apps that can also remind a person to check their glucose level.

For more information on the American Diabetes Association's text program, visit Diabetes.org.

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