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Texting Helps Reduce Diabetes Risk

by Sheela Philomena on December 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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 Texting Helps Reduce Diabetes Risk

Texting could be a boon for those with type 2 diabetes, reveals new research.

The research conducted by the New University of Michigan has found that the majority of people who had enrolled in customized texting service 'txt4health' for 14 weeks were more aware of their diabetes risk and more likely to make diet-related behavior changes and lose weight.

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It was also found that the program worked fine for those 39 percent of people who completed the 14 weeks duration.

78 percent of the participants reported that after completing the program, they were more likely to replace sugary drinks with water, 74 percent of them said that they have started eating a piece of fresh fruit instead of dessert, 76 percent said that they substitute a small salad for chips or fries when dining out.
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80 percent of the respondents said that they have started buying healthier food when they go for grocery shopping, while 76 percent said that they now eat more grilled, baked, or boiled foods instead of fried.

88 percent of the people stated that that the text message service program made them aware of their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and the same percent said that they were more aware of their dietary and physical activity habit.

The findings have been published online in the form of two new studies in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Source: ANI
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