Do you or someone you know struggle with diabetes? Here’s a guest post by Felicia Baratz that just might help!
Your mobile phone lets you stay in touch with your friends and family, check the weather forecast and find out the latest news and sports score. If you have diabetes, smartphone apps can help you manage your health and lower your risk for complications of diabetes. Apps can track your blood sugar levels and other health statistics and guide your food choices no matter where you are.
How to Control Your Blood Sugar and Why Diabetes Apps Can Help
When you have diabetes, your body has trouble controlling your blood sugar levels because your pancreas does not make enough insulin or your body is resistant to insulin. Uncontrolled diabetes, or high levels of blood sugar, can lead to kidney disease, heart disease, blindness, infections and amputations.
Fortunately, as a patient, you can take several steps to control diabetes and reduce your risk of these effects. They including choosing nutritious foods, getting regular exercise, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and tracking your blood sugar as advised.
These steps sound simple, but sometimes you may not know which food to choose when you are at a restaurant, or you may forget to record your blood sugar when you test it because you are not at your computer. Maybe you feel a bit embarrassed writing down your foods in front of your friends when you are eating at a restaurant, or you are fed up with the hassle of constantly making choices and tracking your numbers for your doctor.
Managing your disease can be frustrating, but working with specialists who can help you identify and use the right resources available to control your diabetes, you now have tools no farther away than your smartphone.
Diabetes Apps to Consider
- Glucose Buddy and Diabetes Buddy: You can track your blood sugar levels and generate graphs of your levels throughout the day to help you better understand your individual trends. Glucose Buddy is connected to diabetes forums where you can talk to other individuals with diabetes. These diabetes apps from Apple work with the iPad and iPhone as are the next pair of apps.
- Lose It and Calorie Counter: These apps are geared toward losing weight or preventing weight gain. You can control your blood sugar better if you are not overweight, and these apps can help you lose weight by keeping track of your calories. They each have food databases so that you can input your meal or choose low-calorie foods at home and in restaurants. You can also record your exercise. Lose It connects to Facebook and Twitter so you can tell your friends how you are doing, and Calorie Counter lets you read articles about nutrition.
- WaveSense: This is another diabetes app that is focused on your blood sugar readings. You can input your values and see graphs going back as far as 90 days. This helps you and your doctor assess your blood sugar control. The app is for iPads, and includes informative videos related to diabetes.
- OnTrack: OnTrack lets you track the ABCs of diabetes, or your A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol. These are important measures because A1C, or glycosylated hemoglobin, shows blood sugar control over a period of months; and diabetes increases your risk for high blood pressure and cholesterol. You can also record diet, exercise and medications, and send the information to your doctor. This diabetes app is for Android phones.
If you have diabetes, your smartphone can be an important part of your treatment plan. These are just a few of the available diabetes apps, so be sure to keep looking to find one that has the features you want and works with your smartphone. Diabetes apps help you choose healthy foods, motivate you to exercise and provide personal health reports based on information that you enter.
About the Author
Felicia Baratz is a writer living in the Indianapolis area. As a writer for doseofmyown.com, she specializes in articles about health and nutrition.
Do you know of any mobile apps that can help us control our weight and those with diabetes that isn’t listed here? Share them with us in the comments below!