Use of application for carbohydrates counting as a tool to help in the self-management of type 1 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review

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https://doi.org/10.33448/rsd-v12i1.39270

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Diabetes mellitus type 1; Dietary carbohydrates; Wireless technology.

Abstract

Apps for counting carbohydrates (CCHO) contribute with countless possibilities to support the treatment of people with diabetes, helping with nutritional therapy. However, there is a scarce amount of studies that evaluate the use of this technology, making it of great value to identify its possible benefits. The present study aimed to verify the use of applications for CCHO in the self-management of the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1). This is a systematic review, carried out through research on the platforms MedLine, LILACS, Portal de Periódicos CAPES and EBSCOhost, with articles published from 2011 to 2021, searched between April and June 2021, with descriptors “Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 ” and “Carbohydrate count” and “Mobile Apps”. Original studies of the randomized clinical trial type were included and non-original articles, studies carried out with pregnant women and patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus were excluded. Initially, 67 articles published in full were found, of which, after removing duplicates, 60 remained. After applying the eligibility criteria, two studies remained, with a population between 12 and 46 participants and intervention time around 90 and 104 days. The apps used were iSpy and VoiceDiab. Among the main outcomes, the improvement in CCHO accuracy, reduction in glycated hemoglobin and longer time on target stand out. Therefore, it is possible to conclude that the use of applications for the CCHO is associated with several benefits, due to its more accurate estimation of the amounts of CHO, corroborating with better glycemic control.

Author Biographies

Natália Souza Dantas, Universidade Federal do Ceará

Nutricionista (Universidade de Fortaleza). Universidade Federal do Ceará, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Residência Integrada Multiprofissional em Atenção Hospitalar à Saúde. Fortaleza – Ceará, Brasil. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5074-7618.

Natasha Vasconcelos Albuquerque, Universidade Federal do Ceará

Mestre em Saúde Pública (Universidade Federal do Ceará). Universidade Federal do Ceará, Doutorado em Saúde Pública. Fortaleza – Ceará, Brasil.

Tatiana Rebouças Moreira, Universidade Federal do Ceará

Mestre em Cuidados Clínicos em Enfermagem e Saúde (Universidade Estadual do Ceará). Universidade Estadual do Ceará, Doutorado em Cuidados Clínicos em Enfermagem e Saúde. Fortaleza – Ceará, Brasil.

Alane Nogueira Bezerra, Universidade Federal do Ceará

Mestre em Nutrição e Saúde (Universidade Estadual do Ceará). Universidade Federal do Ceará, Doutorado em Ciências Médicas. Fortaleza – Ceará, Brasil.

Lorena Taúsz Tavares Ramos, Universidade Federal do Ceará

Graduada em Nutrição (Universidade Estadual do Ceará). Universidade Federal do Ceará, Mestrado em Saúde Pública. Fortaleza – Ceará, Brasil.

Kamila Silva Camelo Rebouças, Universidade Federal do Ceará

Universidade Federal do Ceará, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Residência Integrada Multiprofissional em Atenção Hospitalar à Saúde. Fortaleza – Ceará, Brasil.

Renata Cristina Machado Mendes, Universidade Federal do Ceará

Mestre em Nutrição e Saúde (Universidade Estadual do Ceará). Universidade Federal do Ceará, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Residência Integrada Multiprofissional em Atenção Hospitalar à Saúde. Fortaleza – Ceará, Brasil.

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Published

01/01/2023

How to Cite

DANTAS, N. S. .; ALBUQUERQUE, N. V. .; REBOUÇAS MOREIRA, T. .; BEZERRA, A. N. .; RAMOS, L. T. T. .; REBOUÇAS, K. S. C. .; MENDES, R. C. M. . Use of application for carbohydrates counting as a tool to help in the self-management of type 1 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review . Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. e3912139270, 2023. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v12i1.39270. Disponível em: https://rsdjournal.org/index.php/rsd/article/view/39270. Acesso em: 3 feb. 2023.

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