MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The American Diabetes Assn. announced the launch of a free 12-month program for patients living with Type II diabetes, which accounts for the about 95% of the 26 million diabetics in the U.S. alone.
The mobile health initiative offers patients information, resources, reminders and other helpful guidance, direct to their phones, over the course of a year. The program was designed for patients just diagnosed with diabetes, according to an association statement.
"The moment of diagnosis is a moment of crisis for many people," ADA healthcare & education president Lurelean Gaines said in prepared remarks. "Even for those who are already familiar with the disease, getting that diagnosis brings on a lot of different emotions ranging from anger, guilt, stress and a sense of loss. This program offers a starting point for someone newly diagnosed."
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