The use of technology is a great tool in managing, and even improving, the health of people with diabetes. One specific smart phone app helped to decrease people’s blood pressure.

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Technology advances our lives in many ways. It can even play a big role in improving our health, specifically for people with diabetes. There are many apps that you can get on your smartphone in order to track your diabetes symptoms. This study found that people with type 2 diabetes who checked their blood pressure at home with a smartphone improved their blood pressure level within just six weeks. Once the patients checked their blood pressure with their phones, they were then able to review their results. They also received reminders to take their medications. Additionally, the app included suggestions for how to live a healthier lifestyle including things like diet and exercise.

After the 6-week project using the smartphone app, the overall blood pressure level of the 276 patients greatly decreased. In fact, the people with the highest blood pressure were the most likely to see a reduction in both systolic and diastolic pressure by the end of the six weeks. This shows that if you check your blood pressure regularly and are aware of what your blood pressure is, then you are more likely to create positive change in your life (such as healthier lifestyle habits) that will lead to better blood pressure control. In conclusion, checking your blood pressure at home with a smartphone can improve hypertension in people with type 2 diabetes. The use of technology is a great tool in managing, and even improving, symptoms for Latinos and among all populations living with diabetes.

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