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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

General Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Elyse Watkins

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Purpose: This article aims to review the use of wearable technology and the management of diabetes and then examine the associated benefits for long-term sustainable management of the disease.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted using the search terms “diabetes”, “smartphone”, “mobile phone”, “wearable technology”, “mobile applications”, “mobile technology”, and “fitness trackers”. Twenty articles were retrieved and served as the basis of this clinical review.

Results: There are significant evidence-based research findings to demonstrate the positive effects of mobile and wearable technology on managing Type II Diabetes Mellitus.

Conclusion: Type II Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease prevalent in the United States and is expected to rise in the coming years. Diet and exercise therapy have been proven to improve blood glucose control; however, many patients have difficulty adhering to both treatments together and consistently. There has been developing significant evidence that indicates applying mobile and wearable devices to the management of diabetes can help with long-term and short-term control in patients.

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