Diabetes apps

There are a variety of mobile apps for people with diabetes. They can be a useful way to learn about and take control of your diabetes. Many apps have features that enable you to record your blood glucose levels, food, medication and physical activity. By looking for patterns or trends in your results and discussing them with your healthcare team, you can learn how to make changes to your diabetes management plan and better manage your diabetes.   

App name Features Clinical score

Blood 
Glucose Tracker

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  • Blood glucose diary
  • Medication tracking
  • HbA1c recording
  • Carbohydrate/meal diary
  • Graphs and reports
  • Blood glucose check reminder
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Glucose Buddy

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  • Blood glucose diary
  • Medication tracking
  • HbA1c recording
  • Food log
  • Graphs and reports
  • Blood glucose check reminder
  • Physical activity log
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MySugr Diabetes Logbook

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  • Blood glucose diary
  • Medication tracking
  • HbA1c estimator
  • Carbohydrate/meal diary
  • Insulin calculator
  • Physical activity log
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Type 2 diabetes Xplained 
  • Education and information 
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References

The following references relate to articles about apps for diabetes management.

  1. Chavez S, Fedele D, Guo Y, et al. Mobile Apps for the Management of Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2017 Aug 3
  2. Boyle L, Grainger R, Hall RM, Krebs JD. Use of and Beliefs About Mobile Phone Apps for Diabetes Self-Management: Surveys of People in a Hospital Diabetes Clinic and Diabetes Health Professionals in New Zealand. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Jun 30;5(6):e85 
  3. Fu H, McMahon SK, Gross CR, et al. Usability and clinical efficacy of diabetes mobile applications for adults with type 2 diabetes: A systematic review. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2017 Sep;131:70-81.
  4. Rhyner D, Loher H, Dehais J, et al. Carbohydrate Estimation by a Mobile Phone-Based System Versus Self-Estimations of Individuals With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Comparative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2016 May 11;18(5):e101.
  5. Deacon AJ, Edirippulige S. Using mobile technology to motivate adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review of recent literature. J Telemed Telecare. 2015 Dec;21(8):431-8. 
  6. Arnhold M, Quade M, Kirch W. Mobile applications for diabetics: a systematic review and expert-based usability evaluation considering the special requirements of diabetes patients age 50 years or older. J Med Internet Res. 2014 Apr 9;16(4).