We live in an era of apps. There are apps for giving yourself a mustache, looking up movie times, to give you directions, and a even make your phone into a flashlight. When I got my iPhone the first app I looked for was a diabetes app. I was pleasantly surprised there are a lot of choices and most of them are free (and because I hate to purchase apps, free is a good thing to be). With the diabetes apps that are out there, you can keep track of your numbers, carb count your meals, and even engage in a forum. Helpful tools for diabetes are out there doing nothing more, but helping us stay in good health. Here are some free apps for you to check out!
The Glucose Buddy app makes it easy to log in your blood sugar numbers and your meals. It also has an A1c calculator to help you keep track of your average as well as lets you email your log information to your doctor or to yourself to make it easy to print all your information for your doctor. One of the features that I enjoy on this app are the push reminders they help me remember when it’s time to check my blood sugars, so that I can start paying attention to any trends and make adjustments to my settings as needed. If you are looking for an all in one app this might be the perfect app for you.
Dlife: Diabetes Companion
One of my favorite things about this app is the recipe finder. It helps you look up diabetic friendly meals to use on an everyday basis or even just use it to plan that evening’s dinner! One of the other features this app has that I enjoy is the color chart. When you enter your blood sugar and it is high or low it highlights that number in a specific color so that you can watch for trends. The only thing I hate about the graph on this app is that it shows how blood sugars really appear sometimes…all over the place and it puts my achiever in distress. The last feature on this app that has won me over is the Q&A section. It gives you categories that you can look up for your own well-being, or for the well being of your family member who may have diabetes.
Carb Counting with Lenny
This is a great app for your kids. There are games to help you understand how to carb count correctly. It gives kids the freedom to eat as they like with the confidence they need to manage their diabetes properly. Kids can look up food items they are eating, or add new items into the app for future reference. Carb counting with Lenny is fun and educational for a child with diabetes.
I like the look of this app. It’s clean and simple, without too many gadgets and gizmos. You have the option to enter in your information and chart it as well as the ability to watch videos, which have been provided by the dLife. This app also has the option to email your results to whomever you wish to. I don’t know why this excites me, but the background on this app lets you know what time of day it is. You can log in your exercise as well as any other notes that are needed when blood sugars are out of range, such as, amount of insulin given, when your meal was eaten and so forth. It’s basic and great for the person who is not into too many gadgets and gizmos. Did anyone else just start singing the song from the Little Mermaid?? Sorry, in Disneyland, must just be me.