We have come a long way in improving the lives of people with diabetes in the last decade. Information about what causes diabetes has dramatically improved, as has the ability to diagnose the disease earlier than in years past. Home monitoring alone has liberated an entire generation of patients. The technology on our smartphones takes diabetes management to the next level.
Read on to learn about apps that can help you track and log vital health information easily. They sometimes even make it fun!
Apps available for both iPhone and Android have been reviewed on their iPhone versions.
Interface: Enjoy this app’s colorful but easy-to-read screens and snappy attitude along with images that make healthy foods look like mouthwatering indulgences.
Usability: There’s no way to make diabetes fun, but Diabetes Logbook sure tries. This is surely the only app that provides you with your very own monster avatar to lead you through logging and tracking.
More: Diabetes management for the gamified generation, but accessible to anyone who wants more fun.
Interface: Open this app and get a sense of its professionalism. Precisely designed screens aren’t fattened up with extra graphics and text.
Usability: Just the information you need, where and when you need it. A simple drop-down menu shows your navigation choices clearly. Users praise it for being straightforward and uncomplicated.
More: Reminders alert you to appointments and medicine times based on your preset information and even your location.
Calorie Counter PRO
Interface: Calorie Counter PRO has a fresh, uncluttered interface that won’t bog you down with a lot of fancy design details.
Usability: This app gets rave reviews for the simplicity of its food-logging features and for tracking weight loss progress. Sometimes simple is best.
Quality: Very good
More: Weight management and exercise are critical for people with diabetes. Calorie Counter PRO provides a database of nearly a million foods and helpful information on hundreds of exercises. Now available for Apple Watch.
Interface: These screens are simply designed and unobtrusive. Magazine-style layouts alternate with familiar social networking design. This app will suit both younger and older users.
Usability: Navigate from your personal health logs to social interaction pages with a simple menu at the bottom of each page.
More: Illness can be isolating. Diabetic Connect is especially good for gathering a community of people with diabetes to share experiences and help.
Diabetes Pilot Pro
Interface: The developers have designed this app for an unassuming, efficient user experience. The pleasant pastel interface is surprisingly easy to read against a white background.
Usability: As simple to use as your smartphone itself. “Pilot” through a vast food database and to reports that you can use to track blood glucose over weeks and months.
Quality: Very good
More: Use the app for free for a week to see if you like it, then choose monthly subscription programs.
Interface: Brought to you by the team that developed Calorie Counter PRO, this app features the same clear and pleasing interface style that won’t confuse or distract you.
Usability: Excellently simple navigation lets you swipe through carb-counting features to a tracking and barcode scanner just like you do on your iPhone’s main screen.
More: One user exclaimed, “This is the best app for diabetics trying to recover their health without question.”
Interface: Fooducate’s screens feature bright tabs to direct you to interior pages. Learn about nutrition and food choices in an easy-to-read, uncluttered format.
Usability: There’s a lot of information here, from recipes to a barcode scanner, but it’s simple to navigate with touch-and-swipe movements. Good for those who don’t have a lot of smartphone knowledge.
More: Quickly learn what foods are safe for your blood sugar level. Users have raved about quick and healthy weight loss.
BG Monitor Diabetes
Interface: An easy setup prompts you to select how your blood glucose is measured, as well as how you use insulin. From there, you’re taken to a clean screen that features easy-to-read graphs and statistics based on the information you input.
Usability: BG Monitor Diabetes is truly a one-stop app for all of your diabetes tracking needs. Not only can you record and track your blood glucose, but also there is an easy-to-use insulin bolus calculation feature. The app is perfect for users who want all of their diabetes information in one spot.
More: You can even take pictures of what you ate for a more accurate food log. This is far better than a traditional food log because there is no way to cheat when tallying your portion sizes.
Interface: A simple interface makes it easy to select what you’re looking for, thereby easing the process of blood glucose tracking to fit in with your busy schedule. Simply select the “add” button and input the information you want to track.
Usability: OnTrack Diabetes is easy to use for those looking to track their blood glucose levels. The app provides the option of tracking other factors that may affect your blood glucose, such as food choices, weight, and hemoglobin A1c levels. Unit measurements also support international users.
More: Overtime, OnTrack Diabetes generates graphs and reports that you can share with your doctor to help revise your treatment plan when necessary.
Interface: Handsome formatting and uncluttered design gives BlueLoop the look of a friendly, modern medical device.
Usability: If you can text, you can use it. Set up contact information with your doctor’s office and send health metrics easily by text or email.
Quality: Very good
More: This is the app to use if your doctor has MyCareConnect BlueLoop.
Interface: This relatively new service is pleasant to look at. It has a fresh, clinical design with icons and graphics that are easy to read. Colors are just unconventional enough to avoid being dull. The app allows you to download your glucose data from over 30 different glucose meters. This allows all of that data to be analyzed and used for management and treatment.
Usability: Clear and readable for doctors and patients. Quickly reach the resources you need.
Quality: Very good
More: Glooko syncs with your doctor’s devices to measure and log blood sugar levels. The app has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, which is the federal government’s stamp of approval for class II clinical devices. The app is free, but you’ll need a Glooko subscription to use it.
Diabetes in Check
Interface: A professional but friendly design greet you when you open this app — and yummy food pictures in the food index.
Usability: The app couldn’t be easier to understand and navigate. Use the menu at the bottom to access recipes, health articles, and tracking information.
Quality: Very good
More: Critical alerts let you know when blood sugar is dangerously out of range.
Interface: This is a simple interface designed to get you emergency information when you need it urgently.
Usability: It is as easy as flipping through pages of a patient information pamphlet. This app lets you access the information you need without complicating details.
Quality: Very good
More: Glucagon and insulin work together to keep blood sugar balanced. Glucagon is injected when someone’s blood sugar has dropped dangerously low. Keep this app on hand if you carry glucagon for emergencies.
Carb Counting with Lenny U.S.
Interface: These adorable screens will captivate kid users and please grown-ups. Friendly Lenny the lion will make kids feel like they can manage their diabetes on their own (while you’ll be happy to help them).
Usability: So easy a 6-year-old can use it! But even grown-ups will be able to navigate the storybook graphics. This recently released app is sure to gain more positive ratings as it becomes a favorite with reviewers.
More: Kids can get diabetes information along with Lenny’s games.
Managing Your Condition
The latest diabetes stats are sobering:
- 29 million Americans have diabetes
- 1 in 4 people with diabetes is unaware of their diagnosis
- Black, Hispanic, and Native American adults are twice as likely to have diabetes than their Caucasian peers
- If you don’t catch diabetes early and manage it properly, you’re at risk for blindness, kidney disease, and even amputation. If you have diabetes you owe it to yourself to monitor your blood sugar, watch your diet, and keep a healthy weight. Having a diabetes app on your smartphone — and using it — can help you do all those things.
We selected these diabetes apps based on their potential to help people manage their 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 the needs of people who have diabetes. Together, this collection represents a valuable cross section of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are designed to help users understand diabetes and find ways to manage their condition.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not imply warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved them unless otherwise indicated.