GPs urged to text and email young diabetic patients

GPs should target their younger diabetic patients using text and email to educate them about the dangers of their condition or risk having to deal with future complications of the disease, say UK researchers.

The study, involving 6,000 patients, showed that patients between the ages of 18 and 44 received the poorest quality of care and had the worst cholesterol and HbA1c profiles.  

South London GP Dr Jeremy Gray, director of Wandsworth Primary Care Research Centre and lead author of the study, said: ‘Surgeries are not geared towards dealing with young people. Younger patients will have jobs and will be unable to visit surgery during work hours.  

‘Surgeries struggle to embrace novel ways in communicating. Emails and text messaging could be used as a way of arranging surgery appointment times.  

‘Practices should be more assertive. Younger people don’t really take diabetes seriously, leaving them at risk of further complications like renal failure and peripheral vascular disease.’ 

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