If you are one of the 100 million adults suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you might be searching for ways to simplify how you track your glucose levels. We know the process of managing what you eat, how much you exercise, and your blood sugar levels can be difficult. Fortunately, smartphone technology is making it easier to control chronic diseases like type 1 or type 2 diabetes by allowing you to document and monitor your health from your handheld device.
Looking for recommendations for the best smartphone apps for managing type 1 or type 2 diabetes? We have you covered. Read on to learn how Portlanders use convenient smartphone apps to monitor blood sugar, carbohydrate intake, exercise, A1C results, medication doses and more.
1. Glucose Buddy
Glucose Buddy is a “freemium” app available to Android and iPhone users that markets itself as the complete diabetes tracker. The free version is fairly robust and comes with few limitations if you decide to save the money. The free version includes ads, and you won’t have access to the A1C calculator or other premium features. However, you can still log your blood glucose levels, carbohydrate intake, medication doses, and exercises, or set glucose and medication reminders using the base app. You can also print or send reports to your Portland healthcare provider via the app whether you go premium or not as well. You can download Glucose Buddy from the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store for free or opt into their premium service for $5.00 a month or $59.00 a year.
2. Diabetes Connect
Looking for an app that makes managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes easier? Diabetes Connect lets you track your weight, blood sugar, meals, insulin injections, blood pressure, heart rate, and medication from your phone in a more simplified way. It also lets you analyze glucose levels, meal data and other health information from an intuitive dashboard that presents your diabetic information visually. It additionally allows you to synchronize that information across multiple Android and Apple devices and lets you print your data should you need to give it to your doctor. Download Diabetes Connect for free on your iPhone or Android, or go ad-free and gain access to premium features by subscribing for $1.99 monthly, $16.99 annually or $26.99 for a lifetime subscription.
3. Sugar Sense
The best diabetes apps deliver usable and intuitive interfaces that simplify the user experience. Sugar Sense does this by offering diabetics full control of how they track and log blood glucose levels, carbohydrate intake, and more in a user-friendly app elevated by smart design choices. It also includes a community support forum for people with type 2 diabetes and diabetic health information. Start tracking your blood sugar levels by downloading Sugar Sense from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store for free.
MySugr is an app designed and created by fellow type 1 and type 2 diabetics and promises to make diabetes management easier. Healthline praised it for having a clean and intuitive interface and its ability to sync with your glucose monitor, which sets it apart from other apps on this list. The app lets you log your blood glucose, monitor carb intake, track insulin and generate reports to give your healthcare provider easily from your phone. The app takes type 1 and type 2 diabetes management a step further by offering tasks and challenges to help you focus on specific treatments and therapy goals specific to you, but some come at a cost.
Like Diabetes Connect and Glucose Buddy, MySugr is free to download, but it includes subscription services you can opt into if you’re looking for a more rounded and ad-free experience. Unlike those apps though, this one offers two different purchasing options tailored to different needs. For $2.99 a month or $27.99 annually, you get pump basal readings, multi-device syncing, blood sugar reminders, and the option to take and track photos of your meals to send to your healthcare provider. Their top-tier plan is $19.99 per month, or $199.99 per year, and includes in-app counseling by certified diabetes educators along with guidance and deeper personalization that isn’t available through the more basic options. The base app is free to download on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
Apps for Managing Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Whatever app you choose, each one uses modern technology to monitor and take control of your health to help you manage type 1 or type 2 diabetes with ease. Are you an Oregonian looking for additional information on diabetes management? Contact us or schedule an appointment at NWPC today!