There are many different kinds of apps that help manage your diabetes. There are lots of free good ones out there, but it came down to 4 apps that were high quality. Glucose Buddy, Diabetes Connect, and Sugar Sense. These apps are recommended by Northwest Primary Care located in Portland, Oregon.
These apps are family user friendly and helps users that have obesity issues. These apps are more than just a calorie tracker and a food diary. It also is more than just sticking to a vegan, keto, or various other types of diets. These apps helps a user manage their diabetes and keep track of their levels and information. The American Diabetes Association supports people using apps and encourages it, but every app has their own pros and cons.
These apps help patients manage diabetes, but it is still important to regularly follow up with a doctor and bring your phone with you to show the doctors your journey and process with diabetes. These apps do not help diabetes or make diabetes go away. The app has a purpose, and that purpose is to only assist you with diabetes and have proof to show regress or progress along your journey of diabetes. The first app that we will be looking at is called Glucose Buddy.
Glucose Buddy App
The glucose buddy app is great for keeping track of your overall well being. The app has a free version and a paid version. The free version does come with ads, but you also get the benefits of logging your glucose levels, the intake of your carbs, dosage of the medication, exercises, and also have the ability to set reminders for glucose levels and medications. It’s a nice free app, but there are a few downsides to it. The cons are it does not come with an A1C calculator and other features, which only appears in the paid version. If you wanted to try the paid version after testing out the free version to see if you like the app, then the paid version is only $5.00 a month or $59.00 a year.
This app can be downloaded in the app store for Apple as well as the play store for Android. A professional review by Ranked Health suggests that the app is “good enough” but needs improvements on the user interface and the overall experience. The positives that the review brought out was simple and easy to use, but it’s so easy that anyone can use a paper and pen and log it the same way the app does. A customer review from a blogging site entitled AppGrooves noted that the free app is overloaded with ads, and that the paid version might be a better choice. Another customer noted that the app is great but the user interface isn’t so customer-friendly. They also mentioned that there are little “nuances” that need to be fixed in the free version, but otherwise is a good app to use.
Diabetes Connect App
The Diabetes Connect app has a perk in which that it manages type 1 and 2 diabetes. There is a free and paid version. The free version comes with the option to track your weight, blood sugar, daily meals, insulin, blood pressure, heart rate, and medication. This app does support synchronization with other devices should you want to put your information from your phone to your tablet or any other apple devices to show your doctor. It can be downloaded in the Android or Apple store. The paid version is $1.99 a month, $16.99 annually, or $26.99 for a lifetime membership.
A professional review by Diabetes Forecast notes that the app has great features and graphics for the view of your history and blood glucose statistics. They also mentioned it’s good for an overall view of your well being with diabetes, but they also said that reminders are not used in the free version and that you have to pay for that feature. A customer review posted that the app is great for reviewing your diabetic information. Being able to keep track of everything has helped this customer manage their diabetes. Another customer mentioned that viewing their history on the app helped them make good diagnostic decisions.
Sugar Sense App
The Sugar Sense app allows the user to track blood glucose levels, carb intake, weight a support forum page, and comes with a great design. It is compatible with the Google Android and Apple stores. The user can also view a history of all of their readings with just one tap of a finger. It is also compatible with health devices such as iHealth Glucometer, Fitbit, jawbone, and more. It is an all free app and doesn’t cost a cent.
A professional review by Food and Nutrition notes that there are many positives to this app. It is user friendly in a way that allows the user to select type 1 or 2 diabetes depending on what kind of diabetes that they have. The user has the ability to upload daily blood sugar levels, blood pressure, medication dosages, exercises and appointments. Another positive is that they offer blogs and simple healthy recipes through their app. The only cons are the app only offers an estimate of the HbA1C level instead of the actual recorded level. A customer that posted on AppRecs thought the app has an average user experience and that it’s easy to use. Another customer mentioned the app has technical issues and freezes at times.
All three of these apps are noted and looked upon as some of the best paid and free apps to manage diabetes. Once again, these apps can’t rid of diabetes but can help a user understand and take care of their diabetes better and also assists the doctors in seeing where the user is at and how to help them progress in their overall well being journey of type 1 or 2 diabetes.