Type 2 Diabetes
10 Best iPhone & Android Apps for Diabetics
These Apps will help you better manage your diabetes on the go.
Best Apps for Diabetics
According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, over eight percent of Americans have diabetes and a staggering three times as many are prediabetics. Since the who, what, when, where, how, and why can all seem overwhelming, many apps have been developed to help you better manage your diabetes on the go. Here are 10 of our favorites to supplement your existing physician-supervised care.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
dLife Diabetes Companion
iPhone - 3 stars with 194 ratings - Free
dLife Diabetes Companion is the gold standard of diabetes apps. Backed by the popular dLife diabetes website, it offers users access to over 400 videos—cooking demos, inspiring testimonials, and useful information—from the award-winning dLife TV show. You can also get expert answers to 4,000 questions, look up nutritional information for 25,000 foods, and discover 9,000 diabetic recipes organized by ease, cooking times, ratings, and complete nutritional info.
Finally, you can also track and manage your carbohydrate, insulin, and blood glucose data easily and conveniently and get a complete view of your diabetes management with easy-to-read reports.
Fooducate - Healthy Food Diet & Nutrition Scanner
You might be a foodie, but you're not a detective. So let this multiple award-winning app, with a clean, simple interface, that grades your groceries, uncover what's really inside your favorite food products, and provide healthier alternatives. With over 200,000 products represented, including those from private labels Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, it holds the largest database of UPCs.
Just scan the product barcode or search by category, and let Fooducate automagically tell you a product's nutrition grade.
Glooko Logbook – Diabetes? Take Control of Your BG Readings
iPhone - 4.5 stars with 55 ratings - Free
Glooko Logbook includes but also goes beyond expected tagging, note taking, nutritional tracking, trend viewing, and sharing summaries. This wondrous app saves time and ensures accuracy by actually syncing to your meter.
Just connect your iPhone to your meter with the Glooko MeterSync Cable and you can download your full meter of blood glucose readings (from 11 popular meters) directly to your phone to quickly and most accurately create an error-free logbook. You can even sync readings from multiple meters into one logbook. That way you can spend less time imputing data and more time learning from it.
Diabetic Audio Recipes Lite
Android - 4.2 stars with 10K-50K installs in the last 30 days - Free
One of the hardest aspects of a diabetes diagnosis is having to modify your diet. But what to eat? Diabetic Audio Recipes Lite answers this critical question—out loud—thousands of times over. This yummy diabetes cookbook offers an enormous selection of simple, healthy, low sugar/sugar free, and low-fat recipes for appetizers, breads and morning pastries, side dishes, main dishes, desserts, and condiments that are guaranteed to please. With new recipes posting weekly, you'll never be at a loss for new dishes to try.
Outside of your doctor, it's always more meaningful when you can get advice from those who've been there, themselves. Diabetic Connect provides this very opportunity, linking you with an entire network of diabetes patients for trusted advice, support, tips, and more.
Diabetic Connect is your forum to begin dialogs, compare treatments, and learn from the experiences of others.
Glucose Buddy - Diabetes Helper 3.6.5 w/cross-device sync + BP/WT tracking
iPhone - 4 stars with 4919 Ratings - Free
With push notification reminders and CalorieTrack app integration for faster food and exercise logging — over 100,000 foods and 200 activities — you'll remember to input your numbers and be able to see how your food intake and activity levels measure against your glucose numbers.
Diabetes Buddy - Control Your Blood Sugar
iPhone - 4.5 stars with 1616 ratings - $6.99
The app features a stunning retina display, Twitter integration, backup and restore over Wi-Fi, a powerful offline food database with over 200,000 items, and easy email to your healthcare professionals.
Android - 4.5 stars with 500K-1,000,000 installs in the last 30 days - Free
You use GPS to stay on course when driving. Make sure your blood sugar doesn't veer off path with OnTrack Diabetes. With this app, you'll be able to better manage your diabetes by tracking blood glucose, food, medication, blood pressure, pulse, activity, and weight.
This quick and easy solution allows users to add multiple entries simultaneously, customize categories, medications, exercise types, and more by adding, removing or renaming them, or letting OnTrack select categories for you. Ontrack also easily exports your data in several non-proprietary formats including CSV, HTML, and XML for easy sharing.
dbees.com Diabetes Management
Android - 4.7 stars with 750 ratings - 50K-100K installs in the last 30 days - Free
Backed by dbees.com, the dbees.com Diabetes Management app personalizes diabetes management for each individual. Just enter your pertinent information and this app will select applicable activities and types of tests for you, which you can also customize throughout your day.
Supporting type 1, type 2, LADA, and gestational diabetes, this all-inclusive app supports multiple treatments such as insulin, medications, insulin pumps, dietary changes, and more. The input takes just seconds, multiple entries can be logged at once, and there are alarms and reminders in case you forget.
Android - 4.4 stars with 1K-5K installs in the last 30 days - $4.99
If you can customize your car, then why not your diabetes log? Glucool Diabetes app, which helps you better contain your diabetes by tracking key data, allows you to view your information in both journal and graph mode, to enter multiple data at once or directly from the insulin dose calculator, to create and email reports to your doctor in the form of reports or graphs, and to define custom ranges, to easily spot out-of-bounds readings.
This visually-striking app with the simple interface also supports entries in mg/dL and mmol/L units, lbs and kg, and inches and cm, and the ability to define custom insulin and medication types and exercise types, as well as the option to hide away the data that does not apply to you.
Stay on Track
According to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the annual number of newly diagnosed diabetics has more than tripled in the last 30 years. On the flipside, we now have more information and resources at our disposal to help diabetics live long and fulfilling lives. But are you taking advantage of them?
You know you have to reduce your sugar intake, increase your cardio, control your glucose levels, and get your feet, eyes, and kidneys checked out, but how and how often? Stay on top of your health with regular doctor visits and the 10 aforementioned apps.
We selected these diabetes apps based on their potential to aid people with diabetes and their loved ones in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to diabetes and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make life with diabetes more manageable.