Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Science




Dr. Robert J Petrella


Lifestyle interventions reduce the risk of diabetic complications; however, many of these interventions are difficult to implement in everyday practice. This study investigated whether a smartphone application and data mining system, GlucoGuide™, could be a functional and effective tool to supplement a lifestyle intervention in order to enhance patient care for people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes (T2D). Using a quasi-experimental design, seventeen participants diagnosed with prediabetes or T2D were given the STEP™ test and a lifestyle prescription, and either a paper journal or the GlucoGuide™ system to record important health markers. The primary analysis compared clinical fasting blood glucose, blood pressure and step count at baseline, 1, 2 and 3 months. A significant decrease in diastolic blood pressure was seen over the 12 week study (F=3.009, p

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