Many people are not exactly aware of what diabetes is. We may have heard about it on the news or through a family friend who has it, however, that doesn’t mean everyone knows what it is, how you get it and how to manage it.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar otherwise known as your glucose level. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces little or no insulin which is why it has to be checked often. If not managed properly, your sugar can be too high or too low which can cause blurred vision, upset stomach and dizziness.
For the people that have been diagnosed with this chronic illness, it is imperative that they are continually checking their sugar levels, watching what they eat and keeping up with daily exercise.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to harmful and life-threatening issues. Some of the complications of diabetes include but which are not limited to damaging blood vessels that lead to your heart, eyes, kidneys and even nerves.
If this gets out of hand it can lead to strokes, vision loss, heart attack and even permanent nerve damage. Diabetes is not something to be taken lightly and needs constant attention. Fortunately for us, we now live in a cyber world in which tracking out diabetes has never been easier especially with these top apps.
This app has gotten a four and a half-star review for its ability in being not only a weight loss coach but also for monitoring your carbs, exercise, hunger, sleep schedule and moods.
This app also explains pros and cons of certain food which helps you better understand what you should and should not be consuming. This app also has features that allows you to customize your needs in case of food allergies. Not to mention the best part is that the app is completely free.
Though Glooko is not free, subscription is $59.95 a year. With Glooko, you can connect with most Blood Glucose meters to keep track of your carb counts and medicine usage along with your diet and exercise numbers. It lets you set reminders for when your meal and medication are due.
There are handy charts that help show real-time events and your trends. This allows you to keep a precise history record that you can share with your doctor.
Health2sync knows that diabetes is sometimes life altering and can make you feel alone or that you can’t do certain things like you did before. With this app, you can connect with friends and family to let them know how you’re doing and for a great motivation system.
The app allows you to see blood pressure and vital signs along with its own diary including trends for what spikes your diabetes and mood. This app is also available for free.
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Glucosio tracks body weight, ketones, cholesterol, vitals and more for people with type one or type two diabetes. This app allows you to sets alarms for your medications and meal times. It comes with a bright pink background to grab your attention and help you stick to your targets.
You can also back all your information up on Google drive. Not only that but with this app you are anonymously allowing diabetes researchers to track your records which provides information to learn more on diabetes. This app is also free to customers.
This app says it all. Its your own personal diary for tracking your food intake, weight loss goals, daily exercise. You can sync this app with your devices to keep track of not just your blood glucose but also your A1C and medication usage.
This app allows you to talk with a registered dietitian who can help you with questions you may have or just someone when you need the extra support. This app helps you get a better understanding of the foods you consume and has its own database of over 700,000 different foods to better help you track your weight loss and diabetes. This app is available for $9.99.
MySugr app has different levels depending on what you purchase. The app can sync with your other devices to help you keep track and store your data just in case a device stops working you’ll always have a spare. This app also acts like a personal coach challenging you along the way to reach your personal goals and stay on target.
You can upgrade to a Pro version of this app for 2.99 a month or 27.99 per year and you’ll gain more information on blood sugar reminders, meals. You can create a PDF or Excel file to share your results and progress with you doctor. If you’d like to upgrade even further and get your very own personal certified diabetes educator, you can do so for 19.99 a month or 199.99 for the year.
This app is free to install with in app purchases available. BG Monitor will sync with your Google drive to make sure you never lose your stats. You can email your CSV reports right to your Google account and if the app needs reinstalled, it’ll automatically update you.
This app keeps track of your insulin levels, has an easy to read display of your data and will even alert you if your blood glucose level is getting to low. This app makes sure you stay on track by calculating the correct amount of medication you need and when to take them.
Diabetes in Check
This apps, for type 2 diabetes, tracks your fitness goals, eating habits, glucose level and weight. This app was designed by a certified diabetes educator who provides a community board that allows you to ask question and chat with others to hear their success stories.
This app does all the standard tracking of metrics and data sharing but it also provides a reference guide to what food would be best to eat and has personalized diabetes recipes to help keep meal time in check. This app is available to download for free.
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Diabetes can be hard to manage when it comes to high and low sugar spikes and what foods you should and should not eat. This app helps keep track of all that. BeatO will give tools to help manage when those high and low spikes can strike.
They provide educational material about the basics of food and even concerns you may have like getting a tattoo and things you should know about tattooing and diabetes. This app can also sync with your daily devices including your Fitbit! This app is currently only available for android users and is free to download.
Depending on the type of mobile/smartphone you have, you may have different options available to you. These above listed apps have been put to the test and seem to average out together as an effective way of managing your diabetes information. When it comes to keeping records, having them right on your mobile phone is always a plus.
TheDiabetesCouncil Article | Reviewed by Dr. Sergii Vasyliuk MD on September 13, 2018