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  By Medicine X
  • Education and information

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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) and a detailed review, see Reviews.

 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)

Privacy and security

App doesn’t collect any personal data. The App can access photos, media and files on the device. You can disable the access for these permissions in the settings of the device. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: March 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 1.9
Download size: 42.43 MB


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).

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Last reviewed: 02 Jun 2017