Insulin Pump Users: Need advice quick

By correctionsnurse1 Latest Reply 2015-01-08 10:29:56 -0600
Started 2015-01-04 17:54:21 -0600

Ok…I finally have a date set (1/8) for my "Mandatory" pump training and I believe they are wanting me to stop my suggested meal plan and start carb counting :-( Does anyone have or know of a smartphone app for carb counting that is accurate? I have seen many, some free and some you have to pay for, but all the reviews seem like it is not worth it.
Thanks in advance everyone, any suggestion will be greatly appreciated! Btw, I have an Android based phone and I do not care to purchase an APP if it is good.

14 replies

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2015-01-06 10:54:37 -0600 Report

2 more days until you get armed with a pump! How exciting is that?
I guess there is an app for something as basic as keeping track of my blood sugars.
The problem is, I have an Android, and I do not know how to use it!

kimfing 2015-01-05 13:02:25 -0600 Report

I use the calorie king bible plus reading all the labels of everything. If it doesnt have a label i use my fitness pal app to scan the label. Note, not all products are on there.

correctionsnurse1 2015-01-05 13:22:42 -0600 Report

Thanks, but I have an android phone and they do not have that App. But I did find one that I am testing out before I go to start using the pump.

kimfing 2015-01-05 13:30:43 -0600 Report

I have android phone and tablet and have my fitness pal and its free. I won't pay for an app i am a cheapskate. :-)

lilleyheidi 2015-01-05 00:21:31 -0600 Report

Calorie King has an app for Iphone, not for Android, and I believe it is 30 dollars, but they do have an online program, you can Google them just type in calorie king, and it will come up and type in search literally any food, or restaurant and the food will come up with calorie and carb count and protein and fat and fiber. Most fast food restaurants across US are included. Most grocery items are included. I got the book for Christmas, keep it in my purse at all times, but still call it up on google on my phone a lot. I also use the Atkins Carb counter, they give both regular and net carbs, I ignore net carbs. It's a free app. But I prefer Calorie King. I am not a pump user but I do like to keep track of my carbs. Good luck on the pump, Best of health HUGS, Heidi

Type1Lou 2015-01-04 18:55:49 -0600 Report

Carb counting is essential when using an insulin pump for proper bolus administration. Unfortunately, I don't use a smart phone so can't recommend an app. " Calorie King " is a book often cited as very useful in calculating carbs. They do have an app. If you google "Calorie King App", you'll get several options to explore. If I find one, I'll edit my post. I've been pumping for the last 3 years and love the flexibility and control it gives me.

correctionsnurse1 2015-01-04 19:18:37 -0600 Report

Thanks Lou… I went with the best reviews which was the CarbControl Carb Tracker. I'm going to use it tonight at supper, so… We shall see if it was worth the $3,lol!

Type1Lou 2015-01-05 08:43:41 -0600 Report

Let us know how it works for you.

MarkS 2015-01-07 10:09:56 -0600 Report

Awesome! I have been on a pump for 16 years and it is the best. As for carb counting, as everyone has said the Calorie King book is a breeze to use. In a few weeks you will be able to just look at a meal and have a pretty good idea on the carbs. One item that is important is a meal high in fat due to the slow burn. Hopefully, your pump has a duel wave bolus function that can be a godsend when eating a high fat meal. Good luck!

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