Pumpers, skypers, surfers and texters: Technology to improve the management of diabetes in teenagers

M. A. Harris, K. K. Hood, S. A. Mulvaney

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A variety of innovative technologies are available to assist with the management of diabetes in teenagers. Technologies include devices that assist with the direct day-to-day management of diabetes including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. These devices are being used more and more with teenagers as a means of improving treatment adherence and glycaemic control. In addition, telehealth is being used to deliver care and support around diabetes management issues for teens with diabetes. Telehealth used in diabetes care for teens includes cell phones and video-conferencing. The goal of this telehealth technology is to support health behaviours and implement behavioural change strategies in a way that is more integrated into the everyday lives of patients and even in the context in which the behaviours occur in 'real time'. Finally, information and support via the Internet are gaining acceptance and use among teens with diabetes as an effective means of strategies for improved diabetes self-care. All three of these broad uses of technology in diabetes in teens represent flexible, innovative, and accessible approaches to improving both diabetes management and glycaemic control in this 'at risk' population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)967-972
Number of pages6
JournalDiabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Internet
  • Mobile
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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