How do Digital Therapeutics Apply to AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors®?

Digital therapeutics, such as insulin titration apps, are becoming more common as part of diabetes self-management, and consequently part of AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors®. Healthcare providers (HCPs) prescribe applicable digital tools to people with diabetes (PWD) who need help titrating their insulin. The AADE7® is a curriculum framework, used by diabetes educators, to assess and support the individualized needs of PWD. There are seven self-care behaviors: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, healthy coping, and reducing risks.

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Translating the Science of Digital Insulin Titration into Practice

Years ago, when I was working as a dietitian at a diabetes clinic, part of my job was to help people with type 2 diabetes (PWD-T2) titrate their insulin. Being a dietitian, most of the adjustments were related to meal planning, like manipulating food to achieve desirable glucose goals. PWD and I were figuring out the carb to insulin ratio, the right amount of protein vs. fat, and meal/snack timing. Unfortunately, the insulin adjustment conversations always ended in “Talk to your doctor about your insulin adjustment.”

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