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Smartphone App Proves Useful in Managing Diabetes

(NC) It's the news that parents never want to hear: their child's life will forever be affected by a medical condition. Marcus was only five-years-old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

“It was a devastating diagnosis,” said Sara Nita, Marcus' mother. “His father and I barely had time to let it sink in because managing the diabetes was more of a priority.”

Marcus needed daily blood glucose tracking and management, which requires a great deal of time and careful attention, particularly at the beginning. Thankfully, there are digital health tools available to make this process much more accurate, reliable and efficient.

With a bit of digging, Sara was able to find some mobile apps designed for people with Type 1 diabetes and soon she was using her smartphone to track Marcus' blood glucose levels.

“I'm accustomed to the digital world,” she explained, “so using pen and paper to track information as vital as this is inefficient. “We do a fair amount of traveling as a family, so having a solution that is reliable, convenient, and mobile is very important.”

Digital health tools are also saving time for Sara, as she needs to have daily contact with a diabetes educator when Marcus' blood sugar levels are off.

“Normally, this would mean time off work and school,” she explained, “but instead, I simply upload his information and wait for instructions on what adjustments need to be made to his pump.”

It would appear that Sara is one of many Canadians embracing digital health.

A recent survey by Harris/Decima reveals that 89 per cent of Canadians feel it's important that they personally have full advantage of digital health tools and capabilities.

Canada Health Infoway recently launched its Better Health Together campaign to showcase how digital health has made a difference in the lives of many patients like Sara. Take a look at www.betterhealthtogether.ca.

“Canada has been at the leading edge of technology for many years,” she adds, “so applying it to help Canadians manage their health and wellness just makes good sense.”

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