Diabetes Management at Your Fingertips

Apps

Most of these apps are available on both the iPhone and Android devices

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.

Diabetes Management

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.

Highlights
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
Drawbacks
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.

Highlights
Customizable from set-up
Has a library of educational information
Built in reminders for exercise, medication, blood glucose checks, etc
Drawbacks
No charts or graphs that let you visualize trends

Weight Management

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitness Pal: 4.5 Stars

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.

Highlights
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
Drawbacks

Not as aesthetically appealing as other similar apps

Gluten-Free

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.

Highlights
Shopping lists, meals plans, and recipes
Identifies chain restaurants that have gluten-free options
Has information for glycemic load-based diets, too
Drawbacks

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.

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11 Responses to Diabetes Management at Your Fingertips

  1. Patricia Downey says:

    I can not find the app. Please let me know where to find it. Thanks

    • Hi Patricia,

      It depends on what kind of phone you have. These reviews were specifically for the iPhone, though some of the apps are also available on Android phones (like Droids, HTCs, Galaxies, etc.)

      Do a search for the title you are interested in in your phone’s app store. If there is a version of that app available for your smartphone, then you should be able to download it.

      Good luck!

  2. Eric Assibey says:

    iam very delighted in your site , it has put me on track,how can i find the app please help thanks

  3. diabetesman70 says:

    Awesome! Another app I use on my iPhone is the Glooko Logbook app. It’s so easy and convenient to use. Check it out if you’re looking for other options as well.

  4. Joan J. Fyfe` says:

    I was well trained by your staff in Yorktown Heights, NY when I was diaagnosed in 2001–I understand that office is now closed.

    What I am looking for is menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Do you have this helpful program available?

    Thank you,
    Joan

    • Hi Joan,

      Joslin has a good publication called “Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning.” Find it at the Joslin Store

      There’s also “The Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible” by Hope Warshaw, and the American Diabetes Association’s Month of Meals series which provides you 30 days of healthy meals that you could use as a guide.

      Enjoy!

  5. MARIA says:

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  6. I would like to get apps for diabetes bs, weight control, blood tests, etc.

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