Smartphones aren’t just for Angry Birds. Multiple mobile apps offer diabetics and caregivers an easy way to manage diabetes data.
Mayo Clinic diabetic educators Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N., and Peggy Moreland, R.N. weighed in: “In our practice, I find that most people don't mind testing their blood sugar, but they don't care for writing down their readings.
“The goal of using smartphone apps,” reported the Clinical Diabetes Journal, “is to effectively manage diabetes by improving glycemic control and, ultimately, prevent or delaying further complications of diabetes.”
Creators jumped on the mobile health bandwagon, with hundreds of apps available. We’ve randomly selected four. Diabetic Connect is not endorsing or rating these apps. The measure of the success of these apps should be, “Does it work for me?” And always check with your medical provider.
Here is a brief run-down of four apps that are garnering national attention.
Glucose Buddy is the most downloaded health app in the iTunes app store. Sift through the colorful web site and you’ll find a free, easy-to-use app that charts your A1C, logs your medication, and connects with your iPhone.
Users gave thumbs up to OnTrack, an Android app described as, “an application to help diabetics manage their diabetes by tracking various items such as blood glucose, food, medication, blood pressure (BP), pulse, exercise and weight.”
The popular Glooko program, which comes with an app and a cable for linking your smartphone to a glucose meter, is now available at Wal-Mart, according to Mobile Health News. “The stores sell the low-cost ReliOn Prime meter for $16.24 and $9 for 50-count strips, which is about 18 cents per test.”
SiDiary users report easy-of-use in this simple Android app. The electronic diary works as a stand-alone or can be synced to your PC. Some customers want data like blood sugar or insulin pump monitoring in two places.
Electronic Monitoring Makes Good Sense
Mayo diabetic educators Klobassa and Moreland summed it up: “We understand busy schedules and know that it can be difficult to find the time to test your blood sugar, let alone write it down.
“However, keeping a record of your blood sugar levels can help you identify patterns of blood sugar levels that are too high or too low. A blood sugar record also helps your healthcare team evaluate the effectiveness of your diabetes medications, including insulin.”