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There’s an App for That Part 6

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on October 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Diabetes is becoming more prevalent across the globe. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in 2030. The majority of people around the world with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.

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However, people can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes with physical activity, a healthy diet and maintaining a normal body, according to the WHO.

Part 6 of our popular series gathers apps created to help people manage their diabetes.

Always consult your physician for medical advice regarding diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management. If you are interested in trying one of these apps, ask your doctor if it would be beneficial to your care plan.

MyNetDiary: is a calorie counter, weight and exercise tracker, and more. It has an extensive index of food items ranging from specific brands to dishes at popular restaurants. There is a separate app, called, MyNetDiary Diabetes Tracker, where you or your loved one can view reports to see the impact of foods, medications and exercise on blood glucose levels. MyNetDiary works best if you create an account on their website.

Some benefits of the app include:

  • It is free to download. However, the Pro version of the app is $3.99, the Diabetes Tracker app is $9.99 and the Maximum upgrade subscription is $5 per month.
  • It is compatible with Android devices and Apple
  • It can sync with activity trackers, such as the Fitbit.

mySugr: tracks blood glucose levels, medication, meals and physical activity. It has colorful, clear graphs and charts that make it easy to understand how food and exercise influence glucose levels. mySugr also has a HGA1c (hemoglobin A1c) monitor on the home screen, so you can quickly check your results.

Some benefits of the app include:

  • It is free to download. However, you can choose to upgrade to the Pro version for $2.99 per month or $27.99 per year. You can also purchase a certified diabetes educator coaching feature for $19.99 per month or $199.99 per year.
  • It is compatible with Android devices and Apple
  • It connects with glucometers, such as Accu-Chek.

Fooducate: is a health and activity monitor. The app calls itself a “nutritionist in your pocket” because when a user scans a food product’s bar code, the app analyzes the product’s nutrition panel and ingredient list. Fooducate also grades raw and pre-prepared meats, processed and raw fruits, and much more. In the app you can share recipes and motivation within the community.

Some benefits of the app include:

  • It is free to download. However, you can choose to purchase a subscription for premium features. Premium features let users customize their dietary needs in case of food allergies, such as gluten and lactose intolerances.
  • It is compatible with Android devices and Apple
  • It recommends healthier options based on what you are eating.

Glucoracle: is an app and research project at Columbia University. The app can predict your or your loved one’s blood sugar levels after eating a specific snack or food. All you need to do is take a photo of your food item, estimate the nutritional content (such as carbohydrates) and the app will calculate a blood glucose forecast. The researchers’ goal is to help people with diabetes to improve their self-management by making healthier meal choices and preventing blood sugar spikes and crashes.

Some benefits of the app include:

  • It is free to download.
  • It is compatible with Android devices and Apple
  • The forecast is personalized through food intake and blood glucose measurements.

Check out our previous "There's an App for That" posts:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

 

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