Self-Care Apps Can Improve Diabetes Care | Free Resource Friday

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A new study, published by JAMA Network Open, found that people living with diabetes can benefit from using self-management apps on their computers and mobile devices.

These tools offer a platform for individuals to have more control over their care by increasing communication with their healthcare team, monitoring lab results and medication refills.

They found that by giving people living with diabetes access to a mobile and computer-based self-management tools, their medication adherence and glycemic control improved.

The study evaluated 111,463 individuals who already had an oral diabetes prescription at baseline with no insulin use from April 2015 to December 2017. Researchers evaluated medical adherence to oral medications by monitoring the “percentage of days covered” (PDC) and by measuring glycemic levels.

For computer-only access results were:

  • PDC increase of 1.16 (95% CI, 0.63 to 1.70) percentage points
  • HbA1c level change of -0.06 (95% CI, -0.08 to -0.03) percentage points

The study also tested the results for combining both computer-based and mobile access. They found that combining the two, they were able to see further improvements.

For computer and mobile access the results were:

  • PDC increase of 1.67 (95% CI, 1.10 to 2.23) percentage points
  • HbA1c level change of -0.13 (95% CI, -0.16 to -0.10) percentage points

As the JAMA Network Open suggests, “these functions are particularly useful for improving the quality of care for patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, that require ongoing self-management.”

These results indicate that by offering web-based self-management tools to individuals, medication adherence and glycemic control can improve over time.

You can read more about this study here.


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We are excited to share a list of highly rated diabetes apps that help build bridges between people living with diabetes and technology. These apps have excellent functionality and user interface drive, according to an extensive review by the technology experts at AADE. Feel free to share these apps with our diabetes community and when you have a minute, take them for a test drive yourself. Each app offers something unique and helpful for different individuals. See what you think!

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CDCES Coach App

CDCES® Coach App – FREE for Diabetes Health Care Professionals

Our CDCES Coach App has passed DANA’s (Diabetes Advanced Network Access) most extensive review and received the mWellth certification, including DANA’s stamp of excellence for functionality!

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When it comes to insulin pumps, sensors and calculation, many of us feel overwhelmed and unsure about diabetes technology management. Plus, with the vast amount of information, it may seem impossible to figure out what to focus on for our clinical practice and to prepare for the diabetes certification exam.

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Our CDCES Coach App is FREE for you to use, providing powerful study tools and clinical resources on the go. App includes:

  • Diabetes Meds PocketCards™
  • Question of the Week and Free Practice Tests  
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We are excited to share DANA’s exceptional review of our app!

AADE’s Diabetes Advanced Network Access (DANA) reviewed our app and noted exceptional functionality! Plus, the CDCES Coach app received the prestigious mWellth certification.

DANA has deemed it the “ultimate one stop shop for practical tools to prepare for the CDCES exam.”

“The app offers a wide array of features depending upon the needs of the user from drug pocket cards to online university classes. This broad and varied spectrum of services lets the user find exactly what they need to become a CDCES.”

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A new study shows a positive outcome for people with type 2 diabetes and utilizing a smartphone application to monitor blood pressure.

The study gave a Bluetooth-connected blood pressure monitoring device to 276 people with elevated BP for 6 weeks. After the device read their BP, the participants were sent their results along with helpful tips, and a reminder to take their medications.

During the study, there was also education provided to all participants with a goal to help lower BP ratings.

“Participants who had the highest blood pressure at baseline were the most likely in multivariable modeling to see reductions in both systolic and diastolic pressure by the end of the study.”

Researchers believe that using the app helped participants not only become more aware of their blood pressure regulation, but also fostered positive medication adherence and lifestyle changes.  

To learn more: Smartphone App for Remotely Managing Hypertension Effective in Type 2 – Endocrinology Advisor


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