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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes impacts 29 million Americans, about 9 percent of the population. Someone with diabetes may experience complications such as kidney problems, blindness, or heart failure, according to the CDC.
The good news is that with increased education, people are recognizing symptoms, like going to the bathroom often, having blurry vision, losing weight, experiencing tingling or numbness in lower limbs, and feeling very thirsty, hungry, or tired. Thanks to earlier diagnoses, improved treatment tools, and better self-care, people are living better with diabetes. Part of that care includes eating healthy foods, exercising, taking medicines like insulin, sticking to your treatment plan, and being proactive about colds and other sicknesses.
Keeping all the pieces of your care plan straightforward can be a challenge, but several apps have emerged to help you track your day and your health. While some of these apps are specifically for diabetes and some are geared for general diet, they can all help you take control of your health.
Here are this year’s top picks for the best diabetes apps.
Fooducate promises to be your weight loss coach. This app has a grading system designed to help you make smarter choices. It will help you understand the pros and cons of certain foods. In addition to sugar counts, the app helps you monitor carbs, colorings, mood, hunger, sleep, and exercise. Reach out to the community with questions or advice. Premium features for purchase let you customize your account even further for special dietary needs and allergies to help you reach your health goals.
Glooko makes it simple to see all of your numbers in one place. Designed specifically for diabetes management, Glooko tracks your medicine usage, carb counts, and lifestyle info. It integrates data from most continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), blood glucose meter (BG), insulin pumps, and fitness trackers. Graphs and charts allow you to see your progress in real time, anticipate trends, compare it to your history, and share your personal profile with your doctors. Set a reminder to make sure you don’t miss a meal or dose of medication. Of note: You must purchase a Glooko subscription for $59.95 per year to use the app.
Health2Sync understands that living with diabetes can at times feel isolating. That’s why you can invite friends or family as a partner on this app for added support and motivation. The app lets you see all your vital stats at a glance within the dashboard or look more deeply at individual metrics like blood pressure, weight, and blood glucose. You can also export your data. By reviewing your diary, you can look for trends in what’s causing any symptoms or mood shifts.
Glucosio is an app for types 1 and 2 diabetes. It tracks important metrics like A1C, body weight, ketones, cholesterol, blood pressure, and more. Against a hot-pink background, you can select your targets and set reminders to keep your program on point. With your permission, the open source platform allows you to help diabetes researchers by sharing your data anonymously. Currently, you can back up your data to Google Drive and share it via CSV file. Stay tuned for more exporting formats and backup as well as new features like bolus and basal tracking.
MyNetDiary PRO: Calorie Counter and Food Diary
This weight loss app can do double duty. It helps you track and understand the foods you eat. Set your weight goals, enter your meals and exercise into your food diary, and receive personalized tips. The app boasts the largest verified food database, with over 700,000 entries updated each day. You can also track weight, body measurements, symptoms, medication usage, blood glucose, A1C, and more. You can sync your devices and set up your own daily budget for carbs, fat, and protein with the app. Plus, you can access the online community run by a registered dietitian to ask your questions and gain added support.
Diabetes Tracker with Blood Glucose/Carb Log by MyNetDiary
MyNetDiary takes tracking to the next level. It helps you manage not only type 1 and 2 diabetes but also prediabetes and gestational diabetes. With the app’s built-in features, you can easily and automatically record all kinds of inputs, such as physical activities through the built-in GPS and your foods via the built-in barcode scanner. Monitor water intake, weight, A1C, cholesterol, net carbs, and so much more. Food grades, reports on your personal progress, and virtual coaching help you better understand how you can take charge of your health.
mySugr: Diabetes logbook app
MySugr vows to be your secret weapon for tackling diabetes. The app syncs with your other devices and brings you challenges and feedback to encourage you to reach your personalized goals. It estimates your A1C, generates easy-to-understand in-app data, and backs up your info — just in case. By upgrading to the Pro version for $2.99 per month or $27.99 per year, gain blood sugar reminders, meal photos, and the ability to make PDF and Excel reports to share with your doctor. For an additional in-app purchase for $19.99 per month or $199.99 per year, you can take your knowledge to the next level with helpful personalized info from a certified diabetes educator.
This app aims to make diabetes tracking as simple as possible. It provides an easy input system, calculates insulin levels for you, clearly displays your data, and gives you warnings when your blood glucose is too low. You can set up your blood glucose targets and add multiple types of insulin to help you make sure you take the right medicines and amounts at the right times. Email your CSV file reports and back up your data to Google Drive to ensure you don’t lose your stats. They’ll automatically update if you need to reinstall the app.
Diabetes in Check: Coach, Blood Glucose & Carb Tracker
This app was designed by a certified diabetes educator to specifically help manage type 2 diabetes. It promises to help you lower your blood glucose levels and have better fitness, eating habits, and weight. In addition to the standard tracking metrics and data sharing, Diabetes in Check focuses on proactive eating and fitness. It provides a reference guide for the best foods to eat as well as diabetes-friendly recipes and even a personalized meal plan. The app also provides educational info and encourages you to set exercise goals. For added support, ask questions or read personal success stories on their community message boards.
Understanding when and why your blood sugar spikes and troughs is key to managing diabetes. In an easy-to-understand platform, BeatO gives you the tools and analysis you need to learn about your body and anticipate those highs and lows. They encourage education and provide advice about everyday subjects as well as special topics, like concerns for getting a tattoo if you’re living with diabetes. You can also sync your devices and integrate with Fitbit. Of note: Their home care services are only available in India.
Catherine is a journalist passionate about health, public policy, and women's rights. She writes on a range of nonfiction topics from entrepreneurship to women's issues as well as fiction. Her work has appeared in Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, and other publications. She is a mom, wife, writer, artist, travel enthusiast, and lifelong student.