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Diabetes support is just a text away

Nov. 6, 2015

Diabetes support is just a text away

If you or a loved one has diabetes, you understand the challenges of managing the disease on a daily basis. There is a delicate balance between maintaining your diet, exercise and insulin injections to keep blood sugar at normal levels. Constant care and awareness are necessary to avoid complications.

Enter the myAgileLife diabetes mobile health program from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group. Along with guidance provided by case managers and diabetes educators, you can receive intensive coaching through daily text messaging to relay health information, encouraging you to achieve better health.

Program messages are sent three times a day, with topics ranging from blood glucose and healthy eating to heart health and exercise. You'll also receive reminders to take medication. With a better understanding of diabetes, you are empowered to self-manage the disease — improving diet and exercise habits to live a happy, healthy life.

What's more, you can request specific information via text message. For example, if you text "dining out," you'll receive quick tips and suggestions to help make smart meal choices.

Palacios says the program has three goals:

  • Reduce diabetes-related complications
  • Increase medication adherence
  • Improve the health of patients

Meeting these goals not only means more positive health outcomes, but also improves the quality of care you receive.

In the future, the mobile program will help reinforce instructions patients receive from their case managers long after they are no longer eligible to meet with them.

With more than 90 percent of American adults using a cell phone on a daily basis, the myAgileLife diabetes mobile health program truly puts your health in your hands.

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