Can Online Gaming Help With Diabetes Control?
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In the study, published in the September issue of Diabetes Care, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System randomly assigned 456 participants with diabetes, all veterans, to complete an online diabetes self-management game or an online civics game.
Participants answered questions from the game twice a week, using questions sent by email or a mobile app. The questions focused on topics such as better food and exercise choices, diabetes medication use and diabetes complications.
“It’s on their own terms, it’s private and technology is definitely more stimulating than a written brochure,” Herman says.
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