Sharing Blood Glucose Levels

jeevan12345
By jeevan12345 Latest Reply 2011-06-10 21:38:21 -0500
Started 2011-06-08 20:33:10 -0500

I am creating a smartphone application, that lets you store your BG levels and share them with your network. Would you be willing to share them?


38 replies

Anonymous
Anonymous 2011-06-10 21:38:21 -0500 Report

I jeevan12345, this has nothing to do with your comment. I just wanted to comment on your profile pic. Awesome pic…I use to have 3 boxers. Your profile pic looks like Shyeba, she passed away this year due to old age.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-10 12:00:42 -0500 Report

Sorry about that again jeevan! It took me a minute to find the correct Discussion! :)

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-10 12:09:12 -0500 Report

no problem

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-10 12:26:45 -0500 Report

Why most people don't have names?

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-10 12:45:53 -0500 Report

Thats cool! My name Renee means "reborn" in Hebrew.
Anyway, if I remember correctly cause its been a couple of years, the site asks if you want to use a different name as your site name when you join. Do you remember?
If you click on the About Me tab on someones profile page above the newsfeed, it will sometimes show their real name. But sometimes you have to be friends to see that and other times, they dont share it with anyone-it depends on their security settings.

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-10 11:46:24 -0500 Report

What smartphone did you create this for? I have an older blackberry and won't be upgrading my phone until then end of this year or next when my contract is over!

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-10 11:54:15 -0500 Report

I am creating on Android. Because it has bluetooth capability and can automatically update you online logbook, whenever you check your BG. We are adding more capabilities as well.

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-10 12:08:32 -0500 Report

My new phone will be an android but I do not have one yet!

ShaiBardy
ShaiBardy 2011-06-09 20:05:44 -0500 Report

Well I don't know how to really explain this but I think that it would be good to share our BG's with others because it could show some people that not everyone has perfect numbers..I mean, i'm sure that there is some people out there that think that they have the worst numbers ever and don't realise that there are a lot of other people out there just like them..

I'm so sorry if any of this didn't make sense…

ShaiBardy
ShaiBardy 2011-06-09 19:54:23 -0500 Report

It's an excellent idea! I would be happy to share my BG levels..:)

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-09 20:00:45 -0500 Report

I am trying to understand better. Because, no offense, but lot of elderly population do not like the idea of sharing BG levels. But I feel that they can help. Why would you want to share with your network? What do you get out of that?

vanrainey
vanrainey 2011-06-09 08:14:07 -0500 Report

This is an interesting discussion. It seems that BG levels vary so much that they are difficult for me to interpret much less those who are there to inform or support me. Where support networks prove valuable is when you declare a set of goals or objectives to that network and seek their support in reaching them. Momentary results in BG do not lend themselves to that. Now if you developed an app like a twitter feed that could keep a support network informed of success and failings in adhering to your goals than you might have something useful. As far as having a list of typical foods that could be added together automatically then stored fron daily consumption record, now that is an app I would buy.

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-09 19:42:04 -0500 Report

This is a very good suggestion.

How about lets think through this..

Lets suppose there are easy to use goals.

Eating apple at breakfast. Drinking four glasses of water a day. etc.. Or you could suggest some of these goals !!

Users opt for goal for the day / week.

These goals are designed from easy to hard and are assigned some points.
The points are then displayed on the board of the user and shared with others.

To add little fun. There would be virtual prizes/rewards that you can share with others when they reach the goals.

vanrainey
vanrainey 2011-06-10 07:36:40 -0500 Report

The overall objective is to establish good habit patterns. So, goals would be set for how many day in a week you drank say eight glasses of water, or how many days they had a healthy breakfast, or total calorie in-take per day etc. A participant would want to track their success but not need to report to supporters any more frequently than once per week otherwise the process would be a burden on others.
The other aspect of seeking support is for special circumstances. Such as reaching out when tempted to binge. Also declaring temptations that are anticipated like going on vacation or a business trip when new habits might be broken. Call them danger zones. Reporting day to day could be more like twittering in those circumstances.
One more thing is to establish better awareness of relationship with eating. If one made notes to oneself before and/or after each meal as to what is going on. Or establishing a ritual that involves pausing before eating or slowing down while eating or only eating when eating to enhance a persons awareness of their behaviors and what might be helping or hurting their efforts.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-08 20:53:35 -0500 Report

?????? no ???????
Now if you make onethat will track carbs and insulin use that would be nice
Best wishes
Harlen

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-08 20:58:29 -0500 Report

you mean, you would not share with your community? or you like to share with people that you like to such as diabetes educators, dietitians etc.. so you can get the support?

Harlen
Harlen 2011-06-08 21:04:35 -0500 Report

No I dont need to share, I get a lot of suport here and at home .
But would love to be able to track carbs and insulin use just for me
Best wishes
Harlen

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-08 21:11:48 -0500 Report

May be you want to share and compare your BG/Activity/Carbs with others and see how you are doing compared to your friends/peers or family members? yes, the application would have all the tracking and we will make it free of service. It can also track time of day, outside temperature, weather, distance you have traveled, but if you have a smartphone (Apple of Android) Android is better.

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-09 19:45:05 -0500 Report

We will let you you know when we release the app on the market.
We are also working with educators to design a communication platform so you can be in touch with them. But, I am not sure, they want to look at your records every day.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-08 20:47:54 -0500 Report

I think the app has value definitely. But I would like you to explain to us the reasoning behind the creation of the app. How does it benefit the user, in your estimation?

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-08 20:54:40 -0500 Report

it can automatically collect ur blood glucose using a blood glucose monitor, record physical activity automatically and a smart menu based on your most ate food. The app has a badge system to recognize your achievements and awards you badges that you can share with your community. Also, there is a smart Q&A that you can ask questions to your community. And it also connects you with diabetes educator, dietitian etc.. You can opt in ways to have the support along with you for a premium service. What do you think? Will you be using such an app, which would be for free? Would you be willing to share your Blood glucose, activity information with your peers, educators etc.. for advice?

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-08 21:02:29 -0500 Report

Thanks for your quick response jeevan! Like my age and my weight (haha), my BS numbers are not necessarily something I want to share with everyone I know. Although the idea has merit, I wouldnt use it to share with anyone but my Endo or any other specialist I see to let them know how Im manging my levels. Maybe a family member or two, but really what is the incentive to share with anyone else?

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-08 21:09:55 -0500 Report

I agree you may not want to share with anyone. But you want to share and compare with your friends and see how you are doing compared to your friends. The premium service would be something like, you can send direct messages to a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Dietitian, a Nurse and have them look at your logs (online), and ask any questions. Or you can get discounts on drugs you may want to buy based on your achievements. Or you can participate in online education related stuff that is specific to your condition. Or you have any ideas?

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-08 21:45:21 -0500 Report

But we are not in a race for first place…or last, when it comes to managing our levels. I wouldnt rub it in anyones face if I was better controlled, and that is kinda what it is. And I already have access to the team at my Endos office, of course only during office hours. That is the only benefit I can see to accessing them thru the app, and that is that they may be available after 5pm. But they wouldnt know me and have the rapport with me that I enjoy with my Endos team.
Harlen mentioned above an app that would track carb/insulin use…

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-10 10:00:17 -0500 Report

How about lets think through this..
Lets suppose there are easy to use goals.
Eating apple at breakfast. Drinking four glasses of water a day. etc.. Or you could suggest some of these goals !!
Users opt for goal for the day / week.
These goals are designed from easy to hard and are assigned some points.
The points are then displayed on the board of the user and shared with others.
To add little fun. There would be virtual prizes/rewards that you can share with others when they reach the goals.

dietcherry
dietcherry 2011-06-10 11:32:31 -0500 Report

I HAVE to eat right, I HAVE to take shots, I HAVE to check my blood sugar; I do it by rote because its part of my daily routine. Its like setting a goal to do laundry or brush my teeth and being rewarded for it! I think there is a workable idea here however the main idea seems to be sharing our successes and failures with our network and thats not incentive for me.
Remind me again: the app is free but there would be a charge for premium service?

jeevan12345
jeevan12345 2011-06-10 11:55:47 -0500 Report

The charge is for premium service for example: Getting connected with your lab reports, getting connected with educator etc..
Any ideas?