Text-based reminders help teens meet HbA1c goals

Daily text reminders may be an effective tool in attaining glycemic targets for teenagers with type 1 diabetes, according to findings published in Diabetic Medicine.

“To protect against glycemic decline, teenagers may benefit from increased support and innovative ways to improve self-care,” Lori M. Laffel, MD, MPH, chief of the pediatric, adolescent and young adult section at the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard Medical School, and colleagues wrote. “Given the busy schedules and significant amount of time teenagers spend apart from families, they may need a remote means of support. Text messaging is a natural option given the prevalence of mobile phone and short message system use amongst teenagers.”

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