Smartphones are not only a great way to communicate with friends or family but can also serve as a tool to manage your diabetes. There seems to be an app for everything, and luckily there are apps out there to help monitor carb intake, glucose levels, food intake, and exercise - just a touch away. Managing diabetes alone can be very complicated. Below is a list of well-rated diabetes self-monitoring applications that can be downloaded on a smartphone:
- Glucose Buddy: From tracking carb intake to your step count, Glucose Buddy Diabetes Tracker has many features that can make managing diabetes seem less stressful. You can log your blood glucose, medication, and meals all in one entry. Through daily logging, you can develop personal blood glucose, weight, hemoglobin A1C, and blood pressure trends. If you need help with diet, Glucose Buddy offers a “Meal IQ” feature that will explain how the food you eat will impact your health status and blood glucose. There is also an option to connect with Dexcom G5 and G6 glucose monitoring systems.
- DiabetesPal: This app will display all your blood glucose, carbs, weight/ height, hemoglobin A1C, exercise, and pulse results in easy-to-read graphs which can be printed out or sent to your primary care physician. All you have to do is log your health information on an easy step-by-step page.
- Bluestar diabetes: If you have trouble with accountability, this app takes a personalized approach to diabetes management with coaching responses as you input your blood glucose results and reminders for insulin doses and any medications. There is also an option to sync with fitness trackers and medical patient portals. If you need the inspiration to achieve a healthier lifestyle, this app offers healthy recipes, meal plans, and simple lifestyle tips to help you reach your health goals.
- Fooducate: Although this app is not primarily focused on diabetes management, this is a great app to learn more about the nutrients in different types of foods. Just search or scan a food’s barcode and this app will provide an A-D grade for each food based on nutrient density, added sugars, food colorings, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredients that might go unnoticed. You can also track your food intake, exercise, sleep, mood, and hunger levels.
There are a ton of apps out there but unfortunately, not all of them are free. Keep in mind that apps that may market as “free” may require a payment subscription. These apps don’t replace your health care team but can support your diabetes self-management plans.