Patients need regular visits to a doctor or diabetes specialist to control their diabetes. However, Black and Hispanic/Latino people may have trouble getting diabetes care. In the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has increased for people who cannot get in-person care. Recently, researchers in New York studied if telehealth care improves health by lowering hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) in Black and Hispanic/Latino patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. In this study, 29 patients either got monthly phone calls or weekly or biweekly telehealth visits for three months. The telehealth visits included using a tablet for video conference with a doctor and sending their blood pressure, weight, pulse, blood sugar, and physical activity levels. Patients also got medication reminders. The patients who received telehealth completed an average of 8 visits, and about half who got telephone calls completed all their calls. Researchers found that blood sugar levels improved more in people who received telehealth added to the telephone calls. This early study suggests that telehealth provided by telephone or tablet can help improve control of blood sugar in Black and Hispanic/Latino patients who are having difficulties with type 2 diabetes. Larger studies are needed to explore this further.


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