This is very interesting. There is nothing we’ll not hear in this day and age.
All phone and sms freaks can now sing for joy, as in fact, they are doing something that will keep them healthy.
Here’s a health study report I found here
Mobile phone texting can prevent a high-risk person from getting diabetes, says a study published in a recent medical journal.
The study involved 537 men aged 35 to 55 years across India who were at high risk of developing diabetes and were followed up for two years. Dr Sudhindra Kulkarni, consultant endocrinologist of Fortis Hospital, said: “It definitely improves patient compliance. I have seen that in my patients.”
The researchers prepared 60 to 80 messages for each stage and these were delivered cyclically, diminishing the possibility of receiving the same message twice in six months.
‘Exercise regularly’, ‘Get off the bus one or two stops ahead and walk to your destination’, ‘Eat fruits instead of drinking juice’ and ‘Don’t snack while watching TV, you may overeat’ are some of the messages which the target group received.
The researchers wanted to investigate whether mobile phones could be used to spread lifestyle messages effectively because traditional lifestyle-modification programmes are often labour-intensive. The study was funded by the UK India Education and Research Initiative and the World Diabetes Foundation.
Dr Manoj Chawla, consultant diabetologist at Asian Heart Hospital, said: “The benefits of mobile phones are huge. One can set reminders, use health apps and try to bring discipline in one’s lifestyle.”
Experts said targeted text messaging intervention could also be used to prevent other lifestyle-related, non-communicable diseases, such as hypertension and obesity, and to improve chronic care in diabetes and hypertension. “The challenge was to identify the group to whom the messages should be sent,” said Dr Chawla.