For those living with diabetes, it’s critical to manage health in every facet of life, including diet, exercise, and—of course—blood sugar monitoring. Thankfully, we live in an age where plenty of options are available to help us manage these things with much less difficulty than it was even just a few years ago.
Smartphone apps, in particular, have become a go-to tool for helping us manage our health, whether we’re living with preexisting conditions or not. But for those with diabetes, there are a number of excellent apps out there that make the process so much easier. The best part? Research has shown that you can improve your health by using a smartphone app to manage your diabetes.
With clear benefits to using apps to manage your health, you might be wondering which ones would be best suited to help with diabetes. Well, here are three apps that are best-in-category and will help you manage your diabetes, regardless of whether you’ve just been diagnosed or you’ve been living with the disease your whole life. Take a look.
Medical ID: The Must-Have App for Everyone
An app doesn’t have to be complicated to be extremely useful. That’s where Medical ID comes in: It’s a simple-to-setup app that’s able to display vital health information to first responders in the event of an emergency. Within the app, you can create a medical profile and configure it to be displayed on your lock screen so that if you’re in an emergency and unable to respond, medical professionals will know how to treat you.
If you have an iPhone, the app comes as part of the Health app, but you can also download it for free from the Google Play store.
mySugr: An App for Monitoring Your Blood Sugar
The mySugr app is a pleasing and user-friendly app that can help you keep track of your blood glucose levels. The app goes so far as to even make logging your blood sugar data fun. The app can also be used to track meals, carb intake, medications and it even syncs with the aforementioned Health app to collect exercise activity. The best part? If you own a Continuous Glucose Monitoring device, you can sync the app to better keep track of your blood glucose levels and trends.
The basic app is free, but some features are only available in a pro subscription that costs $2.99 per month or $27.99 per year.
Carb Manager: App for Managing Carb Intake
Managing carbs has never been easy. Thankfully, there’s an app for that. Carb Manager is a handy tool for tracking your carb intake, and it includes a large database of foods to help do so. There’s even a barcode scanner that can help input information into the app from the foods you purchase.
The app does more than manage carbs too: It also tracks protein, fat and calories, and you can log all of your meals with photos and voice recordings. For those looking to lose weight, the app can be used to set a weight loss goal and track exercise by syncing with fitness tracking devices.
The free version of this app gives you access to all of the features except blood glucose and insulin tracking. For those, you’ll have to unlock by subscribing for $8.49 per month or $39.99 per year.
Prioritizing your health while living with diabetes is very important. Understanding how food and your blood sugar levels interact is critical for controlling your condition. It can be overwhelming to think about it all but phone apps can help simplify all of this. Use them to consolidate your health information, so you can make informed choices to manage your health. Please contact us, if you need help finding the app that best fits your needs.
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