The Glucose Buddy app allows users to manually enter their blood glucose readings together with notes about food intake. In addition users can enter their carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages, and activities. Using the graph function users can track their blood glucose levels over a selected period.
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✔The glucose buddy person diagram in which different areas of the body are measured and a chart can be created to measure changes is engaging and motivational.
✔It is easy to view trends since the time frame for the graphs are flexible showing 7 days, 14 days or a month
✘Personalising the settings is very challenging such as changing weight from pounds to kilograms.
✘Grey font on dark screen background can make reading text and figures difficult.
✘The food and activity recording option is tedious and laborious. Has option to record medications but this function is also confusing.
✘Only provision to record carbohydrates and not other nutritional entities such as fats, salts and fibre.
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Reviewer: Gail Keane, Registered Nurse, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Self-management Coordinator, Waitemata PHO Date of review: July 2016 Comments: "Overall this app is not particularly helpful or easy to use and I would be hesitant to recommend it. It may have limited use in a younger user who is more technically savvy, and has type 1 diabetes although I think there would be better apps than this.
For someone with type 2 diabetes who often already has established co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease, I would more likely recommend the my fitness pal app as it gives a greater range of recording options in terms of recording portion size, and calories, and provides comprehensive nutritional information. There also seems to be a better connection between exercise and food intake on my fitness pal in terms of overall management. The flow and navigation of the Glucose Buddy app is poor - it is tedious to constantly switch between screens to record information. It is frustrating that settings such as measurement in kilograms do not automatically carry across to the weight section as it defaults to pounds. On the whole the app is cumbersome and awkward to use." New Zealand relevance: "Measurements can be stored as metric units such as kg and cm, as used in NZ, but this function does not appear to work very well. Has the option for the user to record blood glucose measurements in mmol/L and HbA1C as % - units used in NZ."
Formal MARS Review
The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions — engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”.