Affiliations: [a] President of SIT Calabria, Medical Director of UCCP Catanzaro, Italy | [b] Community Paediatrics, Department of Primary Care, AUSL Bologna, Italy | [c] President of Digital SIT-EMR (Italian Society of Digital Health and Telemedicine, Emilia Romagna Region), Bologna, Italy
Corresponding author: Dr. Fabio Capello, Community Paediatrics, Department of Primary Care, AUSL Bologna, Via Sant’Isaia, 94, 40123 Bologna (BO), Italy. Tel.: +39 392 003 9246; E-mail: [email protected].
Abstract: Functional food is considered to be effective in promoting health and wellbeing. Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus strongly depend on diet to achieve better glycaemic control and to reduce the burden of the disease. However, adherence to a controlled diet and to proper monitoring of the disease may be challenging for the patients and their family. The use of electronic devices and software together with the implementation of a tailored telemedicine model can help to overcome some of the issues related to the management of this complex disease. To better understand how a telemedicine system can be useful in empowering patients with diabetes so as to enhance the effects of a therapeutic diet, we propose a research protocol as part of the Diabete Calabria 2.0 project, aimed to study a working model in a real-life setting.
Keywords: Type 2 diabetes mellitus, telemedicine, diabete Calabria, functional food