New University of Michigan research says text messages can help patients be more mindful of how to avoid Type 2 diabetes, yet fewer than half of participants studied stayed throughout duration of the program.

An overwhelming majority of surveyed people who enrolled in the customized texting service, txt4health piloted in Detroit and Cincinnati last year, said the free mobile education program made them more aware of their diabetes risk and more likely to make diet-related behavior changes and lose weight. The service was also launched in New Orleans but those participants were not included in the study.

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