Conversation Maps™, an effective tool for the management of males and females with type 2 diabetes and mildly impaired glycemic control
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The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the educational tool, Conversation Maps™ (CM), combined with a weight loss program, in improving metabolic control of as well as knowledge about diabetes, in a population with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) with mildly impaired glycemic control.
This is a longitudinal observational study in which 66 subjects, aged 67.8 ± 7.93, were included either in the educational program with CM, once weekly for 4 weeks (T4), combined with a weight loss regime (group A, n = 32), or in standard care with a weight loss regime (group B, n = 34), both followed for 3 months (T3M) after T4.
At T4, both groups A and B had significantly lost weight and reduced waist circumference. However, group B did not lose weight or reduce waist circumference at T3M compared to T4. At T3M, only group A significantly lowered glycated hemoglobin (A1c) from baseline. At T3M, only group A had a significant increase in knowledge on diabetes therapy and foot care.
CM may also play a significant role in T2DM characterized by mildly impaired glycemic control. Moreover, a systematic use of CM could be suggested for management of diabetes together with lifestyle changes and a weight loss diet.
KeywordsConversation maps Education Diabetes
Francesca Mosaico and Elena Roncella contributed to our study during the recruitment phase.
Compliance with ethical standards
The trial was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and the Good Clinical Practice guidelines and approved by the Institutional Review Board of University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome.
Conflict of interest
GD: nothing to declare; YMK: nothing to declare; CDR: nothing to declare; CS: nothing to declare; AM: nothing to declare; ARM: nothing to declare; AP: nothing to declare; PP: nothing to declare; SM: Lilly.
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