Diabetes management includes monitoring and managing blood glucose levels. This is done by controlling diet and knowing how foods affect blood sugar. For many people with diabetes, it also involves taking medications that help manage blood sugar levels.
Current diabetes apps allow patients to enter data and provide feedback on improved management. They can provide low cost, interactive and dynamic health promotion by allowing patients to track medications, set reminders, plan meals, find recipes and plan for doctor’s appointments and blood tests.
According to a story featured in The Diabetic News (Apps Could be the Answer to Self-Managing Diabetes), “A systematic review of 14 previous studies found that all had reported a reduction in average blood glucose levels in patients that used an app, compared to those who did not, with an approximate reduction in HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin) of about 0.5%.”
Dr. Ben Carter, from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, thinks that “By the end of the decade it is predicted that global usage of mobile phones will exceed 5 billion, so apps, used in combination with other self-management strategies, could form the basis of diabetes education and self-management.”
The following diabetes apps are the top rated for iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). They can help track medications, blood sugar levels, meals and other health-related data to help you manage your diabetes easier and more effectively. They can also help when you consult with members of your diabetes care team, such as your endicrinologist or dietitian.
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