Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Successful management of diabetes requires complex daily tasks and decisions. This article examines the promise of video games to help individuals improve diabetes self-management.
The article describes 14 video games, built on a variety of platforms, that aim to improve diabetes self-management. It also presents research findings on the games when available. Some games incorporate the player’s glucose readings into the plot, some test player knowledge about diabetes management, and one is a social game designed to bring people together to support diabetes care.
This article, written with support from the Health Games Research national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provides examples and evidence showing that behavior change video games for diabetes self-management have the potential to help individuals successfully manage this complex chronic condition.