How the mySugr® app helps me to monitor my HbA1c
The final article in our mySugr case study series sees Andrew share how the mySugr app makes it easier than ever to share his diabetes data with his GP. Andrew also explains how the app has made it simpler to monitor his diabetes in between appointments with a healthcare professional, helping him to identify when he needs to contact his diabetes nurse.
Andrew is 57 and lives in Scunthorpe and was diagnosed with diabetes later in life. He uses the mySugr app to help manage his diabetes. “I like mySugr as it allows you to go back and replay your data,” he explains, “you don’t have to write everything down, and you can share it easily with your GP.“
Sharing diabetes data electronically has been shown to be an advantage over handling paper logbooks as it can help to preserve the data by removing possible sources of error such as illegible handwriting or incomplete data entries.1 It also eliminates the hazards of handling paper logbooks stained by blood drops.
By wirelessly transferring glucose readings from a Bluetooth®-enabled glucose meter, many smartphone apps, such as mySugr, ensure precise time stamps and glucose measurements.
“For me, it’s brilliant that it has predicted HbA1c on it, which I’ve found to be quite accurate,” Andrew goes on to explain. “It can be a great way to monitor your diabetes between appointments and to know when you should get in touch with your diabetes nurse.”
Monitoring diabetes between appointments is very important when you consider that the average person with diabetes in the UK spends only three hours a year with a healthcare professional.2 As someone with diabetes you are likely to spend most of your time self-managing the condition.
Regular monitoring with the mySugr app has been explored in a study. It showed that after only one month, patients’ estimated HbA1c dropped from an average of 9% to 7.8%. After six months, the estimated HbA1c had decreased to an average of 7.7%.3 A 1% reduction in HbA1c has been shown to make a real difference, leading to a significant reduction in the risk of diabetes-related complications.
If you’re struggling with your diabetes and want to understand more about how the mySugr app can help you, find out more here.
* mySugr Bolus Calculator is licensed for people with diabetes over the age of 18 years. The mySugr logbook is licensed for people with diabetes over the age of 16 years.
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- Department of Health, Working together for better diabetes care. Clinical case for change: Report by Sue Roberts, National Director for Diabetes, 2007.
- Debong F, Mayer H, and Kober J. Real-World Assessments of mySugr Mobile Health App. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, June 2019 http://doi.org/10.1089/dia.2019.0019