We are excited to share a list of highly rated diabetes apps that help build bridges between people living with diabetes and technology . These apps have excellent functionality and user interface drive, according to an extensive review by the technology experts at ADCES. Feel free to share these apps with our diabetes community and when you have a minute, take them for a test drive yourself. Each app offers something unique and helpful for different individuals. See what you think!
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Top Recommended Diabetes Apps
BD Briight: Diabetes Assistant – app for nutrition advice, healthy recipes, and activities, with voice recognition to assist with logging insulin doses/blood glucose, and asking questions.
CalorieKing – includes curated food database with nutrition information, including many fast-food chains and restaurants.
Figwee – visualization tool to teach portion sizes with nutrition information. With a paid upgrade, it helps track what you eat and allows custom food entry and records progress.
Glucagon – gives text and video instructions for using glucagon injections, tracks glucagon kit locations and expiration dates, and gives reminder notifications.
MySugr (diabetes logbook) Diabetes is no game, but sometimes you need to have a little fun when managing it. This app is like a video game, featuring a diabetes “monster” that helps keep users motivated and engaged. To boost communication between kids and their parents or caregivers, check out MySugr Junior (free).
One Drop – One Drop | Mobile empowers you to track and analyze all your diabetes data — glucose, medications, food, and activity — with just one app. Set goals, track progress, and see results!
Relax Lite – helps with stress management through guided breathing and meditation exercises.
Tidepool – gives tracking tools for insulin, CGM, nutrition, and blood glucose with notes, as well as reports for HCPs.
Excerpted from: Is There an App for That? The Pros and Cons of Diabetes Smartphone Apps and How to Integrate Them Into Clinical Practice, David T. Ahn, Rachel Stahl, Diabetes Spectrum Aug 2019, 32 (3) 231-236; DOI: 10.2337/ds18-0101 (app rating based on DANA criteria: DANAapps.org)
Other Helpful Apps
BitGym – Interactive cardio app for phones and tablets.
Charity Miles – donate your miles to a variety of good causes.
DailyWorkoutApps – Individualized daily workouts, that users can do wherever they are.
Diabetes Lite – water, meds, exercise, meals with carb counting and goal setting.
Diabetes Tracker – The American Journal of Preventive Medicine ranked this app, which has no free version, No. 1. It boasts an intensive and easy-to-follow educational component in addition to features for monitoring blood glucose, carbs, net carbs and more. Easy to see the big picture with daily and weekly reports. For some, it may be worth the extra expense.
Fitbit with APP – track activity, food, sleep and connect with friends.
Glucose Buddy (diabetes logbook manager) Simple to navigate, Glucose Buddy helps users manage their blood sugar, insulin dosages and carb intake. Other features track exercise, blood pressure and weight. Sync data to print it out or view online.
Hedia – digital diabetes personal assistant, developed with insulin using people with diabetes in mind, to increase time-in-range. Allows tracking data in a personal log book and gives suggestions on carb amounts and insulin doses with a food database designed by nutrition experts.
iSage – A prescription-only patient-facing iOS and Android app that works in conjunction with a web portal used by the doctor. The doctor sets target levels for insulin based on the patient’s glucose levels. Then the algorithm takes over. Patients can enter their blood glucose levels and iSage will change their insulin dosing levels based on the doctor’s plan and the entered values.
Lose It! weight-loss program and calorie counter. App for managing your weight. It helps you track what you eat, will help you set goals and has a very robust database that helps you calculate the composition of the food you eat.” The new version for the Apple Watch literally nudges users to stay on track with its notification feature.
MANGO health – Mango Health helps users manage their medications and create healthy habits, so they can savor the moments that matter most.
Omada Health – Omada is a digital behavior change program that can help you lose weight, reduce your risk for chronic disease, and feel better than you have in years.
Sugar Rush – See how much sugar has been added to your food! Just scan the barcode of any product and instantly see a breakdown of naturally occurring and added sugars.
Weight Watchers This app features 24/7 expert chat, which allows users to get motivation and advice from a certified coach. iOS 8 users can connect to Apple’s iHealth to link all health and fitness data — a big plus.
More info – The App Revolution for People Living with Diabetes – Washington Post Article featuring David Marrero, Endocrinologist
Formulary Search by MMIT – An app to see what medications are covered for insured patients. This app helps determine what medications are preferred on a patient’s drug formulary.
The University of Illinois in Chicago has created a guide, How To Use Mobile Technology to Manage Diabetes, to explain all of the mobile technology tools that are available right now to help transform how diabetics manage their condition. This guide covers medication management, diabetic tracking, wearable devices, nutrition and fitness tips, and some new technologies even allow you to share your information directly with your healthcare provider.
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