I do not use any diabetic apps for my care. I use my head and sometimes notes or books. But there are a lot of apps out there that could have the potential to help, or just bog you down.
I never thought of an app as requiring engagement or constant attention, but I do see how it can become that way. Reminders, lists, testing, numbers and so on. The idea of having everything in one place is very appealing, but I find with most things, even the books I have used in the past, I have to make it custom to fit what I am looking for and doing at the time. In that way, I can see you might have to have several apps that take care of parts of what you are trying to accomplish.
I was reading this article: https://asweetlife.org/diabetes-apps-increase... and I found it very intriguing in what their goals for a good app would be.
Here is what they say diabetic people want in an app: "If we genuinely want to offer people living with diabetes improved health outcomes that do not come at the cost of their time or sanity, let’s help them disengage from the disease. Let’s create systems where the machines do all the tracking, observation, estimating, planning and supply ordering automatically and passively, so that people don’t have to."
I found that a little shocking and to be honest, just down right lazy. But I see the advantages to it as well, to kind of "force" one to stick to the plan. I am just not sure I want my already smarter than me phone actually making decisions and actions for me instead of offering me suggestions and guidelines.
What do you think? Do you use an app or two on your phone to help with management? What do you hate about them, what do you like? What would you like to see an app do for you?
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