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Increased self-management in type-two diabetes mellitus and pre-diabetic patients with the use of social media

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Title:Increased self-management in type-two diabetes mellitus and pre-diabetic patients with the use of social media
Authors:Connally-Robinson, Patricia
Contributors:Daub, Katharyn (instructor)
Chino-Kelly, Michelle (instructor)
Keywords:Diabetes
Non-insulin-dependent diabetes
Date Issued:28 May 2019
Abstract:The number of people in the United States that are diagnosed with type two diabetes
mellitus (T2DM) is approximately30.3 million, while another 84.1 million (1/3 of the U.S.
population) are either pre-diabetic or have not yet been diagnosed. If these pre-diabetic people
don’t change, they will likely become a T2DM within five years. The methods of education and
self-management currently being used in the United States is clearly not working as hoped.
Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a major comorbidity
in patients suffering from heart disease, stroke, and poor circulation. T2DM is a
chronic disease that can be controlled with diet and lifestyle adaptations. Support in initiating
and maintaining changes is mandatory.
The National Diabetic Prevention Program was a yearlong program that included a
behavior change program. End results showed better eating habits and increase in daily exercise,
which means a reduced risk of T2DM. When people are shown what and how to change, with
encouragement they can succeed. A social support system that provides true, proven ways to
decrease blood sugar is a great way to assist T2DM patients in becoming healthier, with fewer
complications
A readily available tool to help people self-manage DM needs to be utilized. A tool that
is used frequently and is readily by their side most hours a day. A survey from 2017 (Smith,
2017), indicates nearly all Americans aged 18 – 50 own a smart phone (96 percent), and
ownership only decreases slightly with age. The vast majority (75 percent) of Americans, aged
50-64 years old and over 50% of people over 65 years old own a smartphone. This project looks
at the potential of using social media as a tool to enable a better self-management in patients with
pre-diabetes and T2DM.
Pages/Duration:52
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10790/4640
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