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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Free Resource Friday | Free Exam Prep Webinar for the CDCES Exam

Join us on March 10 from 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Get ready to succeed a the CDCES Exam. This course will transform your test anxiety into calm self-confidence and test-taking readiness.

We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.

Topics covered include the changes in requirements for 2020, exam eligibility and test format, strategies to succeed, and a review of study tips and test-taking tactics.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Intended Audience: This FREE webinar is designed for individuals or groups of diabetes educators, including RNs, RDs, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants and other health care providers interested in achieving excellence in diabetes care and becoming Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists®.


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Free Resource Friday | Diabetes Self-Care Resources

We want to send a big thank you to one of our community members, Rachel Newman, RN, who forwarded us these amazing resources!

Below is a list of resources that range from tips to managing diabetes through nutrition and sleep, the health impacts of diabetes and aging, financial assistance, and tips on how to discuss treatment plans with providers.

These resources include:

Diabetes and Aging – The combination of aging and diabetes can even make some health problems worse. This article addresses what to look out for to prevent any further health issues. 

Diabetes and Nutrition – Tips for managing blood sugar and how eating well can help manage blood sugar.

Diabetes and Sleep – Steps to get a better night’s sleep and how sleep can help those living with diabetes or prediabetes.

Financial Assistance for Diabetes Patients – Information and assistance for private and government health insurance, local programs, support groups, and medicine-assistance programs.

Talking with Your Doctor about Your Treatment – A great resource to help people with diabetes discuss their treatment plans with their providers.


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Free Resource Friday | Helpful Guides for Selecting a Diabetes Device

Happy Friday! As technology advances in diabetes care management, the number of device options available can be overwhelming. As health care professionals, DiabetesWise offers an easy solution to refer a person with disabilities to. DiabetesWise gives helpful step-by-step guides, quizzes, and other resources that make finding a diabetes managing device that much easier.

These resources include:

Read more at Diabeteswise.org.


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