Living with diabetes blog

Try these apps for help managing diabetes

By Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E. May 10, 2016

I recently completed a webinar offered by the American Association of Diabetes Educators which focused on smartphone applications for diabetes as well as social media pertaining to diabetes.

Whether you're tech-savvy or not, we live in a world of ever-changing technology. People with diabetes often ask how they can use technology to help manage their diabetes and improve their health.

A mobile application, most commonly referred to as an app, is a type of application software designed to run on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet computer. Apps are individual software units with specific functions.

There are an estimated 165,000 health care related apps. More than 1,000 are diabetes related.

Below is a list of app categories, an explanation, and some examples in each category. I hope you find them useful.

  • Logbooks/trackers: Attempt to replace or digitize the physical logbook. A place to log meds, blood glucose values, meal intake, physical activity. Dbees, Glucose Buddy, MyNetDiary, mySugr
  • Nutrition and exercise: Largely focus on caloric intake and expenditure. Assist with calorie counting, carbohydrate counting. Help motivate user to engage in more physical activity. Carbs & Cals, Calorie King, Figwee, Eat Out Well, Strava, Runtastic, Fitbit, myFitnessPal, GoMeals, Meal Memory, 'Bolus Calculators'
  • Wellness/motivation/coaching: Diverse mix of products with consistent theme of promoting healthy lifestyle. AADE Diabetes Goal Tracker, Withings, iHealth, Livongo, WellDoc, Tactio, Omada, mySugrAcademy, HelpAround
  • Middleware & EHRs: Middleware is a group of programs which allow different brands of glucose meters to upload to the platform. EHR stands for electronic health records. Diasend, Glooko, Tidepool, mySugr Importer, Biomedtrics Ditto, SiDiary/SiNovo, Epic, Allscripts
  • Device manufacturer software: Software for each different brand of glucometer, insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor. Abbott, Dexcom, J&J,Medtronic, Roche 7
  • Social media: Social media is an umbrella term for communication. Life with diabetes can be hard, isolating, scary, overwhelming, lonely, confusing and frustrating. Social media can accommodate peer to peer support. Participants can teach, learn, share similarities and differences, and find a sense of normalcy

If you're interested in exploring the diabetes online community, check out the following website: http://diabeteshandsfoundation.org/doccolor/

Happy surfing!

Sara

May 10, 2016