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The Best Diabetes iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • Best Diabetes Apps

    Best Diabetes Apps

    Diabetes is a group of diseases in which the body has trouble regulating blood sugar. According to the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), about 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. This figure has risen dramatically in recent decades.

    Diabetes is a complicated condition. It requires patients to monitor their blood sugar and pay close attention to diet and exercise. Apps designed specifically for diabetes management can save you a lot of time and effort.

    Click through the slideshow to learn how diabetes apps can help you get a handle on this chronic condition.

    Looking for tips for managing your diabetes? Real patients share their best advice here. »

  • Fooducate

    Fooducate

    iPhone – 4.5 Stars – Free  

    Android – 4.3 Stars – Free

    An important part of managing diabetes is managing your diet. It’s not just about counting calories and weight management. It’s about nutrition and knowing what’s really in your food. When you’re living with diabetes, ingredients matter. Fooducate helps you identify which foods are high in sugar, fats, and unnecessary ingredients. By scanning barcodes, you’ll learn more about the good and the bad in packaged foods.

    With an upgraded account, you can add in specifics about your personal health and health goals. Other premium features include tips and information about gluten and allergies. Additional features are in the works.

  • Glooko

    Glooko

    iPhone – 4.5 Stars – Free  

    Android – 4 Stars – Free

    Glooko is designed to help you manage your diabetes. The app allows you to upload your glucose readings directly from your meter. Create a record of your numbers so the information is available to you at all times. View the statistics breakdown anytime in graph form. Track your goals and share the information with your doctor.

    In addition to tracking your data, the app has a food database so you can know more about the foods you eat. Keep track of your diet, exercise routine, and medications. You can sync all your data and view it online.

  • Diabetic Audio Recipes Lite

    Diabetic Audio Recipes Lite

    Android – 4 Stars – Free 

    Would you like to know how to make baked scallops? How about the ingredients you need for grilled salmon with dill sauce? Before you prepare your meal, would you like to know the nutrition content? Diabetic Audio Recipes Lite does all this and more.

    The large library of low-fat, low-sugar recipes grows every week. From appetizers to main dishes, side dishes, and desserts, this app has you covered. Adjust font size or use the audio feature, so you can listen and cook at the same time. Add notes of your own to recipes. Healthy cooking has never been so easy!

  • Diabetic Connect

    Diabetic Connect

    iPhone – 5 Stars – Free

    Android – 3.9 Stars – Free

    Nobody understands what it’s like to have diabetes better than someone with diabetes. Diabetic Connect helps you interact with fellow patients so you can talk, share tips, and learn together. You can make personal connections, get and give support, and engage in meaningful conversations by following the activity feeds. Find out what others think of the latest diabetes treatments and management techniques. With Diabetic Connect, you’re truly never alone.

  • Glucose Buddy

    Glucose Buddy

    iPhone – 4 Stars – Free

    Android – 4.4 Stars – Free 

    Blood sugar monitoring is a frequent necessity for people with diabetes. The easier it is to log and track your numbers, the more likely you are to do it at the proper intervals. Glucose Buddy stores the data you need to manage diabetes without a lot of hassle.

    With handy notifications, those times of forgetting to log your numbers are over. You can input your glucose numbers, insulin dosages, and how many carbs you take in at each meal. Other features help you track your exercise, blood pressure, weight, and more. You can sync your data so you can view it online or even print it out. The clean design makes Glucose Buddy easy to understand and manage. This app is for a real “take-charge” person who values efficiency.

  • Diabetes App

    Diabetes App

    iPhone – 4.5 Stars – Free

    How many grams of sugar were in that pastry you just ate? The Diabetes App can tell you. For people living with diabetes, that’s a big deal. This app keeps track of the things that may affect your blood sugar levels. It can help you make informed choices about your diet and treatment.

    The convenient calendar feature gives you a quick overview of your important health information. You don’t need to be online to take advantage of the vast food database. You can track your weight, blood pressure, water intake, and so much more. Options for backing up data, sharing via Twitter, and passcode protection make Diabetes App a versatile tool for the person on the go.

  • OnTrack Diabetes

    OnTrack Diabetes

    Android – 4.4 Stars – Free

    Want to know your average glucose levels for the month? Need a reminder to take your medications or test your blood? Want to share your readings at the doctor’s office? You can do all this and more with OnTrack Diabetes.

    OnTrack Diabetes makes diabetes management easier and quicker than ever. With an intuitive layout, it puts the information you need at your fingertips at all times. It’s a lean, targeted approach to managing your health.

  • dbees.com

    dbees.com

    iPhone – 5 Stars – Free

    Android – 4.1 Stars – Free

    Diabetes isn’t a single disease. It's a group of diseases. People with diabetes have a lot in common, but some things are very individual. That’s why the dbees.com app gives you the freedom of personalization.

    It helps you manage your insulin, insulin pump, medications, and diet. Its simple design means tracking your diabetes won’t cut into your busy schedule. Set reminders and access your data online. You can even send reports directly to your doctor.

  • Glucool Diabetes

    Glucool Diabetes

    Android – 4.3 Stars – $4.99

    The versatile Glucool Diabetes app lets you customize diabetes management to fit your lifestyle. Add your insulin, carbs, and personalized notes quickly and efficiently. You’ll no longer have to rely on memory when you visit the doctor. The app allows you to back up and restore your data, so you don’t have to worry about losing all your records.

    The incredible graphing options can pinpoint problems and show you what you’re doing right and where you’re going off course. The running record of your blood glucose levels, blood pressure, dietary intake, and medications will help you and your doctor make important healthcare decisions with confidence.

  • Diabetes Pilot

    Diabetes Pilot

    iPhone – 4 Stars – $11.99

    Wouldn’t it be a lot easier if you could scan a barcode to get the nutrition data on the foods you buy? That’s exactly what you can do with the Diabetes Pilot. That's not its only feature, however. You can also access information on a wide variety of foods. Additionally, you can record your insulin and medication use, diet, exercise, and more.

    If you’re an insulin user, the app can estimate how much you’ll need for a meal or what you need to get your numbers back on track. Even better, you’ll have a running record that you can share with your doctor and use for managing your diabetes from day to day. 

  • WaveSense Diabetes Manager

    WaveSense Diabetes Manager

    iPhone – 3.5 Stars – Free 

    There’s always something new to learn about your condition. With WaveSense Diabetes Manager, you gain access to a library of videos that can help you learn more about diabetes-friendly diets and how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

    Simply input your information to keep tabs on your glucose counts and medications. The resulting charts and graphs help you get a clearer picture of what’s working for you and what’s not. It’s also easy to share the information with your doctor. Customize the app to reflect your mealtimes and other specifics to become your own diabetes manager.

  • Diabetes Under Management

    Diabetes Under Management

    Diabetes will not be ignored. No matter what type of diabetes you have, it takes close management of your condition to stay as healthy and strong as possible. These tools are making diabetes management easier and more efficient than ever before. Since many of these apps are free or inexpensive, it’s worth trying some out to see if they can lighten your load and make life a bit easier.

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these diabetes apps based on their potential to aid people in managing diabetes 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 a valuable cross section of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are designed to make diabetes more manageable.

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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

References:

  • The facts about diabetes: A leading cause of death in the U.S. (n.d.). National Diabetes Education Program, National Institutes of Health. Retrieved April 27, 2014, from http://ndep.nih.gov/diabetes-facts/
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