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Diabetes apps & blood sugar apps

4 February 2019

Modern smartphone apps can be powerful tools for managing diabetes and helping you keep to your healthy lifestyle. We look at some of the things these handy tools can do for you.

Why are more and more smartphone owners are using diabetes apps to help manage their condition?

Around 3.7m people in the UK have been diagnosed with diabetes [Diabetes UK, 2017]. Whether it’s type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, each involves some level of monitoring, measuring and tracking.

Here are some of the things diabetes apps can help you do.

Log and track your diabetes data

A dedicated blood glucose app will help you log your blood glucose levels. Many will also log other data such blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. They can even create user-friendly charts to present this data over time, which may help you pre-empt potential issues. A growing number of apps sync with glucose meters or insulin pumps, making storing and tracking measurements easy.

Monitor your eating and help you watch your weight if wanted

No more paper and pen diaries! Apps will track your food intake based on the meals which you input. And that inputting part is easy. Just enter the food and portion size to get a calorie or nutritional breakdown for thousands of foods. Some apps will even ask you to scan a barcode with your phone and then deliver accurate information about a meal or ingredient's contents.

Help you get organised – and motivated

Many apps feature automated reminders, which sync with your phone’s calendar to remind you of doctors’ appointments, upcoming tests or daily things you do for your health (for example, taking medication). Others feature motivational pointers and tips to encourage you to make healthy lifestyle choices. Some even feature real-life coaches who answer your questions.

Monitor your exercise and calories burned

With so many of us counting our 10,000 steps per day, exercise monitors need little introduction. Many diabetes apps will also integrate this data with your calorific intake to help you closely follow your goals.

Make monitoring diabetes fun

How about trying one of the apps that takes a light-hearted approach, with fun interactive features, snazzy graphics and rewards for completing diabetes tests?

This idea might seem trivial at first glance, but imagine if some of us could feel as motivated about monitoring diabetes as we do about checking social media.

Connect you with other people with diabetes

Post a question about diabetes and some apps will take you straight to relevant forums or to existing threads. A great way to connect with others and learn from their experiences.

Export valuable data to your healthcare team

One of the most powerful features of diabetes apps is the ability to export key data about blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels in a user-friendly way. This can be useful information to discuss at your next appointment with your healthcare professional.

What next?

You might find some apps do most or even all of these things. Or you might prefer to choose two or three apps that do them in a way that works best for you.

Most importantly, do your research, read the reviews and try to find apps that have been recommended by healthcare professionals.

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