Diabetes apps

There are a variety of mobile apps for people with diabetes. On this page you will find: 

Education and information apps

The following apps are a useful way to learn about diabetes.

App Features Clinical score

Type 2 Diabetes Xplained

Hypos Xplained

  • Education about hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) 
  • Available as a web version
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Hypos Xplained
 

DNZ Take Control Toolkit 

  • Education and information
  • Created by Diabetes NZ
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about DNZ Take Control Toolkit








Monitoring and tracking apps

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 Features Clinical score
forDiabetes

  • Tracking of blood glucose, meals, medicines, activities
  • Estimation of HbA1c based on blood glucose history
  • Export and share reports
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free(basic); paid upgrade
  • Read more about forDiabetes
mySugr

  • Blood glucose diary
  • Medication tracking
  • HbA1c estimator
  • Carbohydrate/meal diary
  • Insulin calculator
  • Physical activity log
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free(basic); paid upgrade
  • Read more about mySugr
Glucose Buddy

  • Blood glucose diary
  • Medication tracking
  • HbA1c recording
  • Food log
  • Graphs and reports
  • Blood glucose check reminder
  • Physical activity log
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free (basic); paid upgrade
  • Read more about Glucose Buddy
Blood Glucose Tracker

  • Blood glucose diary
  • Medication tracking
  • HbA1c recording
  • Carbohydrate/meal diary
  • Graphs and reports
  • Blood glucose check reminder
  • Available from Google Play
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Blood Glucose Tracker

Learn More

  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).

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