Apps are playing an increasingly large role in how people manage their diabetes. After all, between carb counting, weighing nutritional advice, and tracking blood sugar levels, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes require close attention. But apps designed specifically for diabetes care can save a lot of time and effort.
Here are our picks for the best diabetes-related iPhone and Android apps:
Glooko—$59.95 a year for an individual
Sure, it seems spendy, but with Glooko for iOS or Android, you can sync your glucose meter to your smartphone to save time and reduce errors. The program is compatible with more than 40 pumps, CGMs, and fitness trackers, and with an annual Glooko subscription, you will receive MeterSync devices plus access to the Glooko app for iOS or Android and the MyGlooko web app (my.glooko.com).
Glooko enables you to easily share your data with your healthcare team, including your doctor, family members, and nutritionists. Reports include blood glucose averages, stats and graphs, and the traditional glucose logbook. In the "Quick Add" feature, you can also jot down notes about your blood glucose readings.
Track your blood sugar and diabetes medications through Glucose Buddy for Android devices. With this app, you're able to manually enter glucose numbers, carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages, and activities. This app merges graphs, a logbook, a calculator, doctor printouts, and push reminders all in one.
The Diabetes App for iOS can tell you how many grams of sugar were in the pastry you just ate. For those struggling with diabetes care, this app may come in handy. It can help you make informed decisions about diet and diabetes treatment. Furthermore, it enables users to track their blood pressure, weight, water intake, and much more.
MySugr Diabetes Logbook—Free
MySugr Diabetes Logbook, available for iOS and Android, tracks, measures, and gives you access to several different types of diabetes data. It syncs with your blood glucose meter; estimates your A1c; interprets your CGM data; calculates your bolus (available in the European Union only); and counts your steps as your personal pedometer.
In addition to all those great features, you can feel good about using a product designed by people just like you. The MySugr team specializes in "app-based, all-around care for people with diabetes—made by people with diabetes." They also state that they try to "ease the daily grind of diabetes" and "make diabetes suck less."
MyNetDiary is available for iOS, and it's touted as the number one paid diabetes tracker app in the United States. This app helps you track and manage your diabetes or prediabetes, keep track of blood glucose, and control carbs. They state that, "Whether you had diabetes for years or you are newly diagnosed…MyNetDiary has all the tools to help you stay in control, eat better, and feel better."
They state that their online and app tracker has been used by more than 50,000 people, and an active user loses 12 percent of body weight on average. Additionally, the app's average self-reported A1c reduction is 1.4 percent.
Remember: apps don't replace your doctor; they are just a supplementary tool.
Which apps do you use to help you manage your diabetes? Let us know in the comments below.