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OBJECTIVE The Internet is used worldwide as a communication tool. To improve the quality of diabetes control, we investigated the effectiveness of an Internet-based blood glucose monitoring system (IBGMS) on controlling the changes in HbA(1c) levels. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We conducted a randomized clinical trial involving 110 patients who visited(More)
We developed a blood glucose management system using the Internet and short message service (SMS) which can lessen the social economic burden and materialize an individualized diabetes mellitus management. A total of 185 diabetic patients participated in this study and their mean age was 42.4 years old (8-79 year-old). Participants sent their self-measured(More)
The ability to apply quantifiable mechanical stresses at the microscopic scale is critical for studying cellular responses to mechanical forces. This necessitates the use of force transducers that can apply precisely controlled forces to cells while monitoring the responses noninvasively. This paper describes the development of a micromanipulation(More)
BACKGROUND The International Diabetes Federation consensus recently proposed a new definition for the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, incorporating ethnically specific waist circumference (WC) cutoff points. OBJECTIVE We investigated the ethnically appropriate WC cutoff values for central obesity in Korean adults to predict increased risk of elevated(More)
A mobile phone with a glucometer integrated into the battery pack (the 'Diabetes Phone') was launched in Korea in 2003. We compared its effect on management of type 2 diabetes to the Internet-based glucose monitoring system (IBGMS), which had been studied previously. We conducted a randomized trial involving 69 patients for three months. Participants were(More)
This study was aimed to investigate the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy and its associated factors in rural Korean patients with type 2 diabetes. A population-based, cross-sectional diabetic retinopathy survey was conducted from 2005 to 2006 in 1,298 eligible participants aged over 40 yr with type 2 diabetes identified in a rural area of Chungju, Korea.(More)
We conducted a randomized controlled trial for 12 weeks in patients with type 2 diabetes living in a rural part of Korea. The intervention group (n = 35) was managed by a diabetes centre which provided specialized management mediated by a primary health-care nurse who used a PDA-type blood glucometer with a bar code detector to measure the capillary glucose(More)
BACKGROUND The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) recently signed an agreement to provide limited open access to the databases within the Korean Diabetes Association for the benefit of Korean subjects with diabetes. Here, we present the history, structure, contents, and way to use data procurement in the Korean National Health Insurance (NHI) system(More)
Recent morphologic analyses of human pancreases strongly suggest that a decreased beta-cell mass is observed from the early stages of diabetes and is caused by accelerated apoptosis of the beta-cells. In this article, we propose that fibrotic islet destruction might be one of the important pathogenic mechanisms of the limited capacity of beta-cell(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence and clinical characteristic of the metabolic syndrome of adults, over 40 years old, living in Korea. METHODS This study was carried out for 2 years, 2003-2004, on total 5,330 individuals (2,197 men and 3,133 women) selected by the stratified random cluster sampling among adults over 40 years(More)