Do you want a one-stop source for help managing your diabetes? What about a weight loss tracker? Or something to tell you if your food is gluten-free?
Well, there are so many apps for those tasks that simply browsing through all the options can be overwhelming.
To make things easier, the American Diabetes Association recently asked three registered dieticians to review and rate the most popular options. Here are the apps that topped their lists in each category.
Blood Sugar Tracker: 5 Stars
As you would expect from its title, this app is used for logging and reviewing the trends in your blood glucose (sugar) readings.
Enter blood glucose levels from the homepage
Blood glucose levels can be saved for one year
Can export blood glucose logs to send to your health care provider
Can’t back up your data automatically
Vree for Diabetes: 5 Stars
This is an app for people with type 2 diabetes who like to have all the information about their condition literally at their fingertips.
Customizable from set-up
Has a library of educational information
Built in reminders for exercise, medication, blood glucose checks, etc
No charts or graphs that let you visualize trends
This app lets you enter and store all the information you need to keep track of your path to weight loss, from nutrition information to exercise.
Offers a full breakdown of nutrition
Choose a date in the future, and the app predicts how much weight you’ll lost by then if you continue on the current path
Over one million foods in the database
Not as aesthetically appealing as other similar apps
Gluten-Free Daily: 4.5 stars
It’s a web-based encyclopedia of gluten-free information, with additional health and weight-loss in the mix.
Shopping lists, meals plans, and recipes
Identifies chain restaurants that have gluten-free options
Has information for glycemic load-based diets, too
The diets are not individualized
You can find more information on these and other apps that were reviewed here. (These reviews are for the iPhone, but many of the same apps are also available for Android phones.)
Do you have a favorite weight loss app? Let us know what you like about it.