Type 2 Diabetes Xplained app

This app is for New Zealanders wanting to learn about type 2 diabetes in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

Type 2 Diabetes Xplained  Basic Features

 

  • No in-app advertising
  • Requires the internet to function
  • No social networking options
  • No online support community

What does the app do?

This app provides easy-to-understand information about diabetes. The app has 3 language options — English, Maori and Samoan. Using comic-style colourful cartoon graphics with speech bubbles, the user follows the story of Hare, on his journey as he is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He learns about the different tests to diagnose type 2 diabetes, medications to treatment diabetes and lifestyle changes. To help improve the understanding of type 2 diabetes, complex medical terms like hyperglycaemia, insulin resistance, biguanides, etc are simplified by linking to pages containing simple explanations and fun graphics. This app is a great tool to demystify type 2 diabetes.        

For the complete app description, go to either Google Play (android) or iTunes (apple).

PROS ✔  CONS  ✘
  • Is a fun, entertaining way to educate people about all aspects of type 2 diabetes care including diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle changes.
  • The pop up information further explaining terms, medical conditions and symptoms are useful supported by relevant graphics.
  • Has different language options that are relevant to many New Zealanders - English, Maori and Samoan.
  • The survey at the end of the app to collect information about its usefulness is great for app improvements.
  • The text is very lengthy and hard to read at times due to the small font.  It is also hard to click on the highlighted words which provided further explanations.
  • The comic style reading of speech bubbles may not appeal to everybody.
  • The app comprises 33 pages, not including the additional pages that describe complex terms. This is quite long for an app platform. It would be great to offer users the option of a shortened version- a 3-4 minute cartoon clip would be more appealing.
  • The story line of the character may not resonate with all New Zealanders who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Having a younger character included will be great for younger adults to relate to.  
Date of this review: March 2017

References

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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).