“This disease requires a different lifestyle for those who suffer from it, with changes in their routines that force them to be always alert”, explains the Professor at the UMA Faculty of Psychology and Logopedics, which uses the word “distress” to refer to the fatigue and anxiety that diabetes self-care causes in patients.
“People with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from depression. This makes psychological support essential for these patients”, assures Anarte.
The final goal of this project, which will be conducted over the next 4 years, is to determine the effectiveness of ‘MyDiaMate’ over time. For this purpose, they have received an economic boost of 1 million euros from the JDRF, the main organization in the world that funds research on this type of diabetes.
Another purpose of this research is to verify the changes in emotional well-being, the fatigue and the self-care activities of diabetes, as well as the glycemic control and use of health services by participants, against usual care.
Lastly, they will try to establish a user profile, in order to know who would benefit most from the app.
This international project is led by PhD Frank Snoek at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In Malaga, coordinated by the Professor at the UMA María Teresa Anarte, the team includes: Gabriel Olveira, Head of Endocrinology and Nutrition Service, and María Soledad Ruiz de Adana, coordinator of the Diabetes Unit of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service, both from the HRU of Malaga, as well as Mónica Carreira and Esperanza Varela, researchers at the University of Malaga.
MEDICA-tradefair.com; Source: University of Malaga