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 Rating

 

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

Formal review (MARS): 3.5 out of 5
★★★☆☆  Technical score
★★★★★  Clinical score
★★★★☆  NZ relevance
pending   User score

What does the app do?

This app provides easy-to-understand information about type 2 diabetes. It has 3 language options — English, Maori and Samoan. Using comic-style, colourful graphics, 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 treat the condition and the importance of lifestyle changes like diet and exercise.         

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

PROS ✔  CONS  ✘
  • Graphics and story are fun and entertaining 
  • Pop-up information further explaining complex terms, medical conditions and symptoms are helpful to improving understanding
  • 3 language options — English, Maori and Samoan
  • Has had input from New Zealand health professionals
  • Text can be lengthy and hard to read due to the small font - no zoom function
  • Story within the app is quite long - 33 screens of information (plus additional pages for complex terms)
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).
Last reviewed: 02 Jun 2017