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March 12, 2014

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

JAMA. 2014;311(10):1004. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.2204

A 14-week text messaging program helped study participants become more aware of their diabetes risk and make healthier dietary choices, according to recent research.

Participants received cell phone texts offering a type 2 diabetes risk assessment and weekly messages with risk-reduction tips. At the study’s end, 83.2% of the 161 participants said they used the program to set physical activity goals; 60% of those individuals met their goals all or most of the time. About two-thirds reported setting weight loss goals; 25.7% met those goals all or most of the time. About half said the program helped them lose weight.

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