HbA1c levels were tested at enrollment, six months and 12 months after the launch of the game. Overall, diabetes game participants had significant reductions in HbA1c levels (a drop of 0.74% compared to 0.44% for the control group). Patients who had the highest HbA1c levels before the game began (9% or more – an indication of high blood glucose and greater risk of diabetes complications) saw the most dramatic drops in HbA1c over the 12 month period.
The diabetes self-management education (DSME) game presents a player with a multiple-choice question related to glucose management, exercise, long-term diabetes complications, medication adherence and nutrition.
At the core of Niantic is the mission to use technology to encourage people to go outside and engage with their communities. Our games are designed to inspire movement, face-to-face social interactions, and exploration of public spaces. We’ve been hosting community events since the very beginning, starting with Field Trip Days and Ingress Anomalies, and have expanded that to host a variety of Ingress and Pokémon GO events, including Ingress Mission Days and the upcoming Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago. We recently launched Operation Clear Field in conjunction with our partners at GoRuck which will donate all registration fees to the National Park Foundation.