Pilot Project: Development of the microSMBG Platform for Adolescents with T2D
Approximately 1.8 million Americans under the age of 18 have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and the majority of cases in youth are between the ages of 13-18. Moreover, between 20-50% of new-onset diabetes patients are youth, which means that the burden for caring for this high-risk medical condition is shifting earlier in development.
To effectively manage T2D youth should check their own blood glucose repeatedly thought a given day (before eating and exercise, and before sleep, and before driving or another potentially hazardous activity). Like most other youth, pediatric patients with T2D generally fail to adhere to diet and activity recommendations, and also do not comply with self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG). Failure to perform these health behaviors associated with self- management of T2D places youth at significant risk for morbidity and mortality. Therefore, intervention programs are needed to increase adherence to recommended health behaviors in youth.
Christopher Charles Cushing
Dole Human Development Center Rm 2011
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555