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Understanding Hypoglycemic Onset in a Sample Population of Teens and Adults from Qatar and Texas: A Descriptive Analysis
SessionHC9 - Telehealth and mHealth
DescriptionDiabetes is a widespread chronic condition impacting the lives of about 10% of the world’s population. To better manage diabetes, hypoglycemia must be avoided due to its threat on the patients’ health. A gap exists in the research when assessing perceptions of hypoglycemia and the actual onset of this event. Two populations with type 1 diabetes were recruited; one from Qatar and one from Texas. Participants in the Qatar study were from a pediatric population (10-17 years), while those in the Texas study were older (>18 years). Participants wore an Apple Watch and utilized our custom designed TremorApp to self-report their perception of the onset of hypoglycemia. Findings show a trend between length of hypoglycemic events in a day and the average number of events happening for both populations. Around 80% of adults’ self-reports were accurate while the pediatric population had around 48% accuracy.