Is a Diabetes Interactive Diary more favourable than standard carbohydrate counting in terms of metabolic and weight control, quality of life, and treatment satisfaction?

From: Diabetes Care

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Participants/situation

  • 130 adults with type 1 diabetes.

Study

  • Adults with type 1 diabetes were randomly assigned to Diabetes Interactive Diary or standard education and followed for 6 months.
  • A subgroup also completed the SF-36 Health Survey (SF-36) and World Health Organization-Diabetes Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire (WHO-DTSQ) at each visit.

Results

  • The Diabetes Interactive Diary is at least as effective as traditional carbohydrate counting education, allowing dietary freedom for a larger proportion of type 1 diabetic patients.
  • The Diabetes Interactive Diary is safe, requires less time for education, and is associated with lower weight gain.
  • The Diabetes Interactive Diary significantly improved treatment satisfaction and several quality-of-life dimensions.

Answer

  • Yes (with confidence) – for lower weight gain, and improved treatment satisfaction and several quality-of-life dimensions.

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