Even though diabetes can affect your everyday life, it can be hard to manage when times get busy. Fortunately, there are a variety of apps for your smart phone that can help you effectively manage your diabetes by doing everything from keeping track of your glucose levels to helping you track your diet. Here are some apps you might want to check out, from a list compiled by medpage:
1) endogoal: This app aims to reward users for behaviors that positively affect their diabetes. When you check your blood sugar at least four times a day, you earn points that satisfy your virtual companion dog, Cooper. The app, developed by an diabetes specialist, can help users keep a better daily grip on their blood sugar levels and track their history.
2) Glooko: If you don’t like manual logbooks, this FDA approved, HIPAA compliant app may be for you. With Glooko, you’re able to sync the data from your glucose meter directly with your phone. The data can then be accessed on your phone or a computer. The app keeps tracks of your data, giving you precise calculations of your average readings and outliers. You can also track carbohydrates, insulin, and exercise with this app. Your healthcare provider can gain access to your information if you want, to make appointments quicker and more effective.
3) mySugr: If you like to play games, mySugr makes one out of your diabetes. The app is basically a digital diabetes logbook, but when you have a positive entry, you win points to tame your diabetes monster, literally a little monster on your screen that you’ve got to defeat. mySugr offers the Companion App for adults as well as the Junior App for smaller ones. The Junior App aims to help children to learn how to playfully manage their diabetes, with their parents’ assistance.
4) dLife Diabetes Companion: This comprehensive app from dLife, the diabetes media platform, can do a lot. You can log and track glucose levels, carbs, and insulin, and log meals and exercises. In addition, you have access to the dLIfe Q&A databases that offers answers to over 4,000 questions, as well as the availability to watch dLife TV and search dLife’s 9,000 diabetes friendly recipes.
Diabetes is never new or exciting, but these apps may make your condition more fun and exciting to manage, or at least offer some ease of use and new resources. If you do decide to utilize an app, remember that even excellent self-tracking doesn’t take the place of quality medical oversight. Instead, it should complement it.
Talk to your diabetes physician in Gainesville and let them know that you’re considering using an app to help you manage your diabetes. They might be interested to learn if it’s proved helpful for you. Learn more about diabetes by visiting our Accent Endocrinology Knowledge Center.