Can telemedicine improve a patient's ability to self-manage diabetes?
Yes, in fact, a number of studies have been conducted to study the ability of telemedicine to help patients achieve better diabetes self-management. A study published in the Diabetes Journal, was conducted in South Carolina and followed patients with diabetes; some were followed through a telemedicine program, while others were followed in the usual way, through on-site physician follow-ups. Those followed through on-site follow ups saw only a two percent reduction in their Hemoglobin A1c levels, while the average A1c of those in the telemedicine decreased by almost 12 percent. Subjects in the telemedicine group also experienced greater weight loss and improvements in their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.
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