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Best Diabetes Apps Of 2017

Best Diabetes Apps Of 2017

Rates of diabetes may be higher than ever, but there are many apps that can help people with diabetes manage their condition. According to research posted to the Journal of the American Medical Association, as much as 12-14 percent of the adult population in the United States is affected by diabetes. However, the modern era has made managing the disorder easier than ever before. Desktop and mobile apps are widely available for users to easily track and manage their conditions. This may help them to make positive changes and help manage their blood sugar levels safely. Contents of this article: What to look for in a diabetes app One of the most important parts of personal diabetes management is being able to monitor the following factors: There can be a lot of numbers and times to remember, and a lot of math goes into every meal of the day. This can be an annoying experience. Luckily, there are several apps that take some of the heavy burden off the shoulders of someone with diabetes. There are a number of different things that affect the average person with diabetes. As such, there are also a few different categories of diabetes apps. These include: logbook apps calorie counters diet apps carbohydrate counting apps general diabetes management apps This article reviews some of the best diabetes apps of the year. Diabetes logbook apps Logbook apps enable people with diabetes to keep a log of the vital statistics that relate to their condition. The most important being their blood sugar levels. mySugr The diabetes app, mySugr, is a personalized logbook app for both Apple and Android devices. Users can change the way they log key statistics to a way that suits them. The app helps users to analyze these statistics in order to achieve their goals. The app also has an estimate Continue reading >>

Mysugr: Diabetes Tracker Log

Mysugr: Diabetes Tracker Log

Description The free mySugr logbook app is an easy and complete diabetes tracker for your iPhone! Start today and face the challenges of diabetes with confidence: log and monitor your daily blood sugar level, record your insulin, use the app to track your carb count, and note whatever else is helpful for your therapy! Join our worldwide community with over 1,000,000 people who regularly log with mySugr to keep track of their estimated HbA1c! The mySugr App was selected as a Top Diabetes App by Healthline from 2015 to 2017, featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, The Washington Post. mySugr: make diabetes suck less! ========== WHAT OUR USERS SAY: - “This is the best app I have used to keep up with my sugars. It has helped me go from an A1C of 8.9 to an A1C of 5.7” - “Life changing App! I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 14 years. I have always had problems maintaining my BG at good levels. Since using this app, along with a carb counting companion app, I have maintained a good blood sugar, and have drastically lowered my A1C to 6.1!!! Recommend to any and all diabetics.” - “I downloaded several apps to aid me with tracking information pertaining to my diabetes. This app proved to be by far the best. The longer I use it, the more I learn. Thanks for providing something that is easy to use and beneficial to my life.” The mySugr app is suitable for anyone living with diabetes, whether it's Type 1, Type 2, LADA, or gestational. ** APP FEATURES ** + Easy and personalized logging screen (diet, meds, carbs intake, meals, blood glucose levels and more) with clear blood sugar level graphs; + Estimated HbA1c at a glance, no more surprises; + Motivating challenges and feedback to help cope with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes; + Daily, weekly and monthly medical analysis; + Detailed Continue reading >>

Diabetes Apps Evolve To Address Individual Health Issues, Goals

Diabetes Apps Evolve To Address Individual Health Issues, Goals

Diabetes apps evolve to address individual health issues, goals Please provide your email address to receive an email when new articles are posted on this topic. Receive an email when new articles are posted on this topic. Diabetes requires active participation by the person living with the condition to optimize treatment and meet health goals. While people with diabetes may work with physicians, diabetes educators and dietitians in managing their disease, but the use of interactive tools can give them an advantage. As mobile applications become a more integral part of daily life, it was intuitive that diabetes apps would increase in prevalence. However, according to a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, most available apps do not support all the self-care practices advised by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Ideally, the best solutions have four key items: the ability to have two-way communication, use and analysis of patient-generated health data to tailor education, and the opportunity for feedback, Deborah A. Greenwood, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, chief digital research officer for Diabetes at Mytonomy, owner of Deborah Greenwood Consulting and 2015 AADE president, told Endocrine Today. Thats the perfect world. We saw that apps that had all of these features had the best impact on HbA1c. Most apps dont have all of that. Greenwood discussed the characteristics of a high-quality diabetes app, apps currently available, and strategies for helping users identify the best app for their needs. Are there any apps that have all the characteristics identified in your systematic review? Greenwood: There are a few. Blue Star, Livongo, One Drop and My Sugar are the first that come to mind. They have most of these features and are c Continue reading >>

Mobile Apps For Diabetes Patients Need Careful Review

Mobile Apps For Diabetes Patients Need Careful Review

Reuters Health - Diabetes patients who use smartphone applications to manage their condition should know that not all apps are reliable, researchers say. “We have more than 165,000 health and fitness apps in app stores right now and little control over what’s being published,” said study author Francois Modave of the University of Florida in Gainesville. “App manufacturers want to produce good information, but there’s no oversight from any health organization or agency,” Modave told Reuters Health by phone. Approximately 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Modave and colleagues used the Mobile App Rating Scale to analyze and rank the top free apps for diabetes management. They also looked at the number of diabetes-specific management tasks that the apps included, such as physical activity, nutrition, blood glucose testing, medication and insulin dosage, health feedback, and education. In June 2016, the researchers identified 120 free patient apps for Android and Apple devices and evaluated 89 that were in English and didn’t require subscriptions. Overall, the apps scored high on aesthetics and engagement but poorly on information and quality. Only four of the 89 apps integrated the six diabetes management tasks, and fewer than half the apps integrated four tasks. The top free apps, according to the researchers, were Tactio Health: My Connected Health Logbook for iOS devices and American Association of Diabetes Educators Diabetes Goal Tracker for Android devices. The Accu-Chek 360 Diabetes Management for Android was also a top app but has been discontinued; in its place is a new program (which the researchers didn’t analyze) called Accu-Chek Connect. “In the clinic, patients sometim Continue reading >>

9 Apps That Can Make Managing Diabetes Easier

9 Apps That Can Make Managing Diabetes Easier

Between monitoring your blood sugar, remembering your medications, counting your calories, and logging your workouts, keeping track of your health with type 2 diabetes is a lot of work. How do you manage it all? Turn to technology. “Managing diabetes is a full-time job,” says Amy U. Aponick, MPH, RD, LD/N, CDE, of the University of Florida Diabetes Institute in Jacksonville. Smartphone apps can help with the daily responsibilities of managing type 2 diabetes and provide an organized method of communicating your efforts with your healthcare providers, she says. Top Apps for Managing Type 2 Diabetes Try these 9 top smartphone apps for daily help in managing type 2 diabetes: “Having all of your information in one place can help you see what’s going on — tracking blood glucose trends, insulin, or medication use can be seen more easily if you have it all in one app,” says Andrea Dunn, RD, LD, CDE, of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. The free Diabetes in Check app (iPhone only) from Everyday Health provides health coaching, carb counting, and blood glucose tracking all in one app. The app also offers recipes, meal guidance, medication tracking, and more. It’s important to track your calories, fat, carbs, and more when managing type 2 diabetes, and these two free apps can help with that. “These apps allow the user to search for a particular food, adjust the portion size, and provide an actual food label,” Aponick says. Both apps give detailed nutritional information for many foods and restaurant menu items. CalorieKing is only available for iPhone. GoMeals is available on both iPhone and Android. GoMeals also links to the Fitbit activity tracker to compare calories consumed with calories burned. The cute diabetes monster is an added perk, but it’s the reminder Continue reading >>

Ios Appstore-based Phone Apps For Diabetes Management: Potential For Use In Medication Adherence

Ios Appstore-based Phone Apps For Diabetes Management: Potential For Use In Medication Adherence

Background: Currently, various phone apps have been developed to assist patients. Many of these apps are developed to assist patients in the self-management of chronic diseases such as diabetes. It is essential to analyze these various apps to understand the key features that would potentially be instrumental in helping patients successfully achieve goals in disease self-management. Objective: The objective of this study was to conduct a review of all the available diabetes-related apps in the iOS App Store to evaluate which diabetic app is more interactive and offers a wide variety of operations such as monitoring glucose, water, carbohydrate intake, weight, body mass index (BMI), medication, blood pressure (BP) levels, reminders or push notifications, food database, charts, exercise management, email, sync between devices, syncing data directly to the prescribers, and other miscellaneous functions such as (Twitter integration, password protection, retina display, barcode scanner, apple watch functionality, and cloud syncing). Methods: Data was gathered using the iOS App Store on an iPad. The search term “diabetes” resulted in 1209 results. Many of the results obtained were remotely related to diabetes and focused mainly on diet, exercise, emergency services, refill reminders, providing general diabetes information, and other nontherapeutic options. We reviewed each app description and only included apps that were meant for tracking blood glucose levels. All data were obtained in one sitting by one person on the same device, as we found that carrying out the search at different times or on different devices (iPhones) resulted in varying results. Apps that did not have a feature for tracking glucose levels were excluded from the study. Results: The search resulted i Continue reading >>

Smartphone Apps For Diabetes: Do They Really Work?

Smartphone Apps For Diabetes: Do They Really Work?

HealthDay Reporter requires a great deal of time, memory and math skills. There are carbohydrates to count, medication doses to calculate and blood sugar levels to track. Today, there are numerous applications for smartphones and other devices that can help you keep your diabetes in check, although some people with the disease will tell you the technology still has a ways to go. Applications -- or "apps" -- can help you with nutrition advice, carb counting, tracking blood sugar levels, medication alerts and managing kids with diabetes. Many apps are free, and some offer both paid and free versions. Paid options may offer more bells and whistles, but you might find what you need in a free app. The big question is: Can these apps help make diabetes management easier? That depends largely on whom you ask. Some people are thrilled to have the assistance of these programs, while others feel that the currently available apps don't do enough to make them worthwhile. "It's never been easier to manage diabetes with all the technological stuff we have at our fingertips," said Steve Lisowski, who lives in Chicago. Lisowski has had type 2 diabetes for 15 years, and currently uses an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor to help manage his diabetes. He has used nutrition apps and an overall diabetes-management app. Lisowski said he isn't currently using the diabetes app much because his insulin pump does a lot of the same calculations and tracking. One thing Lisowski said he would like to see is more compatibility between devices so they could all share information. For example, he said, it would be helpful if the information from his pump could be wirelessly transmitted to an app on his phone. Lynn Marie O'Flaherty, whose 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabet Continue reading >>

These Are A Few Of My Favorite… Apps

These Are A Few Of My Favorite… Apps

I’m borrowing the words from one of my favorite movies of all times (***do you know what it is??? answer at the end of the blog!). In the world of diabetes management, anything that makes living with diabetes better and easier is worth putting on my favorite things list. Apps that help track nutrient intake and exercise While not specific to diabetes, noting how much you eat, the timing, and balance of nutrients, can make an impact on your BG (blood glucose) management. There are a few really nice apps in this category that are easy to use. MyNetDiary Maximum – allows tracking of all food, water & exercise and allows you to set targets for weight loss/gain/maintenance. It works with a comprehensive web membership that includes blood glucose and cholesterol tracking. The searches in the app include a bar code scanner for packaged foods and an extensive online database (including restaurants). Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by Myfitnesspal – enables tracking of all the same items as MyNetDiary, but doesn’t include the ability to log glucose or cholesterol. This is a very user-friendly app which allows you to create recipes for favorite meals/dishes and also has a bar code scanner for packaged foods. This app syncs with an online account so that you can access your data regardless of where you log in. Apps that help with tracking diabetes data All of the following apps are great in their own way. I list several options because everyone is a bit different in their tracking/logging and reporting/charting preferences. My recommendation: Try each one and see what works best for you. dbees.com is an app for the iPhone and iPod touch. It allows you to customize/track the meds you use, doses, and times of day for your usual diabetes management activities. It applies to al Continue reading >>

Mobile App-based Interventions To Support Diabetes Self-management: A Systematic Review Of Randomized Controlled Trials To Identify Functions Associated With Glycemic Efficacy

Mobile App-based Interventions To Support Diabetes Self-management: A Systematic Review Of Randomized Controlled Trials To Identify Functions Associated With Glycemic Efficacy

Mobile App-Based Interventions to Support Diabetes Self-Management: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials to Identify Functions Associated with Glycemic Efficacy Reviewed by Stephen Agboola, Pin Wang, and Adam Powell 1 Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China 2 Department of Academic Affairs, West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China 3 Diabetes Unit, Madonna del Soccorso Hospital, San Benedetto del Tronto (AP), Italy 4 Center for Outcomes Research and Clinical Epidemiology, Pescara, Italy, 5 Chinese Evidence-Based Medicine Center, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China Sheyu Li, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, 37# Guoxue Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu, 610041, China, Phone: 86 13194874843, Fax: 86 2885422982, Email: [email protected] . Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer Received 2016 Aug 22; Revisions requested 2016 Sep 11; Revised 2016 Oct 20; Accepted 2017 Feb 25. Copyright Yuan Wu, Xun Yao, Giacomo Vespasiani, Antonio Nicolucci, Yajie Dong, Joey Kwong, Ling Li, Xin Sun, Haoming Tian, Sheyu Li. Originally published in JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth (14.03.2017. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work, first published in JMIR mhealth and uhealth, is properly cited. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on as well as this copyright and license information must be included. This article has been corrected. See JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 January; 6(1): e20 . This ar Continue reading >>

Diabetes Tech On The Horizon Part 1 New Apps Coming In 2018

Diabetes Tech On The Horizon Part 1 New Apps Coming In 2018

New apps and software updates frommySugr, Insulia, One Drop, as well as food and weight loss apps Diabetes technology is moving fast, so to help you keep track, weve rounded up some of the latest offerings specifically inapps and software. (See here for CGM updates, and here for insulin delivery updates.) Below, youll find products that have either recently launched or are expected to launch in 2018 based on the most recent timing updates weve heard. This article is not fully comprehensive and timelines often change but this list covers some notable products. A more detailed description of each product follows the table of contents below. Click to jump to a product, which are organized chronologically by their expected launch date within each category: mySugr bundle (unlimitedtest strips + coaching) Launched in the US and available in Germany Bundle Details Whats New? In September, mySugr launched its Pro bundle in the US, priced at $39.99 per month (subject to change) for unlimited blood glucose strips, an Accu-Chek Guide meter (Bluetooth-enabled), the mySugr app, and access to a diabetes educator. Strips are shipped directly to peoples doors, eliminating prescription, insurance, and pharmacy hassles. This bundle is currently available in Germany and covered by some large insurers. Separately, we also recently learned that mySugrs bolus (mealtime dosing) calculator is under FDA review. This tool should help simplify mealtime dosing math for those not on an insulin pump (carb counting will still be necessary). The calculator is already approved in Europe and is completely patient-facing there, meaning no provider setup or special code is needed. Were not sure if a healthcare provider will need to prescribe it in the US. Voluntis Insulia Basal Insulin Titration App for Continue reading >>

9 Popular Diabetes Management Apps Of 2017

9 Popular Diabetes Management Apps Of 2017

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. Fooducate 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 fr Continue reading >>

Take Back Control Of Your Life!

Take Back Control Of Your Life!

Diabetes:M is an award-winning diabetes logbook app that was first published in Google Play in April 2013. It was developed by diabetics to meet the needs of people who want to manage all aspects of their condition. Users can track, analyze, review and export data in great detail. Today Diabetes:M is an established tool with nearly 350 000 installations and over 50 000 active users. The application is well known to medical professionals, with many diabetes specialists recommending it to their patients. Designed for smartphones and tablets this application is intended to help diabetics to manage better their diabetes and keep it under control. Users can log their values in the logbook and keep the records with them all the time. The application tracks almost all aspects of the diabetes treatment and provides detailed reports, charts and statistics to share via email with the supervising specialists. It provides various tools to the diabetics, so they can find the trends in blood glucose levels and allows them to calculate normal and prolonged insulin boluses using its highly effective, top-notch bolus calculator. Diabetes:M can analyze the values from the imported data from various glucometers and insulin pumps via the exported files from their respective diabetes management software systems. Diabetes:M is one of the first diabetes management apps which started to support Android Wear smart watches when they were first introduced on the market. Continue reading >>

Diabetes Apps Review | Health Navigator Nz

Diabetes Apps Review | Health Navigator Nz

Our nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other professionals find Health Navigator a trustworthy, understandable and up -to -date source of health information that we and our patients and their whanau can access at a time and pace appropriate to them. Quality and Performance Manager, Hastings Health Centre Health Navigator is such a valuable resource. Its useful for consumers, health professionals and health students as it covers a diverse range of topics, the explanations are easy to understand, and most importantly is credible and NZ focussed. I was really impressed because health is covered in its entirety. Its a very useful site for clinicians or anyone interested in gaining knowledge around the current status of indigenous wellbeing here in Aotearoa. Mary Maringikura Campbell (Consumer Consultant) Health Navigator provides the whole package of information on a topic. There is a high level of health literacy for the website itself and the information provided. Quality Improvement Manager, Marlborough PHO Health Navigator offers people different waysto learn about their health. Its New Zealand-based and developed by New Zealanders so the information is relevant to us. I don't have time to assess the quality of the many websites out there I would want to refer people to. Health Navigator solves this in one easy step. It is my "go to place" to send people for great information and self-management support. Health Navigator helped me understand my medicines in a clear way. I often refer colleagues, patients and friends to Health Navigator. It is a trusted site with clearly written health information for New Zealanders. It is wonderful to have a good collection of translated resources too. Health Navigator is an excellent 'go-to' site for New Zealanders. The articles are wel Continue reading >>

Best Diabetes Apps For 2018

Best Diabetes Apps For 2018

These are the best diabetes apps you can download to control of your diabetes, monitor and track your blood sugar and to help monitor blood sugar in children using an app that continuously tracks blood sugar and can provide alerts to phones and smart watches. We chose the best Diabetes apps based on feedback from users, app reviews and the day-to-day effect that it will have on living with diabetes. With over 29 million people living with Diabetes there are no shortage of diabetes accessories and diabetes apps that promise a simpler routine and better monitoring. The best diabetes apps that we’ve found will help you monitor what you are eating so that you can control blood sugar by what you eat. We also share essential diabetes apps that can track your blood sugar and alert you to what is wrong. If you are looking for diabetes apps for your child or for a friend or family member you may want to know more about how this works. In the video below Scott Hanselman shares how he uses a diabetes pump and how he uses a continuous glucose meter to constantly monitor his blood sugar level. While showing this Hanselman uses an airplane analogy to explain blood sugar monitoring. If you want a better understanding of diabetes accessories and where the technology is going, check out Hanselman’s overview of diabetes technology last year to see where the hardware and software are, and where they are going. One of the best Diabetes apps we’ve found connects with a Dexcom Glucose Monitor to see blood sugar levels on a phone or smart watch. Amanda Hoover shares how this helps her daughter. “Our 12 year old daughter has an insulin pump that is tubeless so she wears a pod that communicates to the PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager aka the glucose meter).” she explains, “You add in Continue reading >>

Diabetes Pa And The 10 Best Diabetes Apps Available

Diabetes Pa And The 10 Best Diabetes Apps Available

With technology ever-evolving in the fight against diabetes, the quality of apps that assist in diabetes management is also improving. Depending on whether you want your diabetes app to log blood glucose readings or monitor food intake, the options are increasing for those with single or multiple requirements. While certain apps are tied to the meter you use, and choosing an app may be based on this prerequisite, we’ve scoured the market for 10 of the best diabetes apps available – not the “top” 10 necessarily – regardless of which meter you own. Editor’s note: Although the Diabetes Forum App – which allows you to find support and ask questions with over 155,000 users – is one of the most popular diabetes apps on both the iOS and Android marketplace, it is technically not a management app – so isn’t included below. 10. Diabetes Recipe App Available for: iOS, Android What does it do?: Provides weekly recipes which can be tailored to your diabetes-friendly diet. Your favourite recipes can be saved and rated, and filtered based on carbohydrate and calories content and the time they take to cook. 9. OneDrop Available for: iOS What does it do: OneDrop was launched in April 2014 and allows medication, food intake, insulin levels and exercise to be tracked. Once this information is logged, the effects on blood glucose levels can be measured. You can also share your data and encourage others in the OneDrop community. 8. MyFitnessPal Available for: iOS and Android What does it do?: Maintaining a healthy weight is a crucial aspect of diabetes management, and MyFitnessPal enables weight loss through monitoring what you eat and customising food intake to your individual goals. Features include a food barcode scan, providing you have an internet connection, while Continue reading >>

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