Thanks to the ever-evolving technology, managing diabetes has become a lot easier. Check out the apps and gadgets to consider adding to your diabetes management toolbox.
When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, you experience a range of emotions. Many questions arise in your mind – How will I treat my diabetes? Can I eat sweets and chocolates? How much physical activity do I have to do?
Famous celebrities like Tom Hanks, Salma Hayek, Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan too suffer from the same condition. These celebrities did not allow diabetes to overrule their lives, in fact they modified their lifestyle along with fitness routine and are leading a productive life. Isn’t that good news?
We agree that taking care of diabetes and getting through your daily to-do list along with other responsibilities can be challenging. There are medication doses to calculate, carbohydrates to count, and blood sugar levels to track. But with good care, you avoid diabetes-related complications and live a long and healthy life.
Thanks to the ever-evolving technology, managing diabetes has become a lot easier.
Numerous gadgets and apps have come up to help you with nutrition advice, carb counting, tracking blood sugar levels, medication alerts and managing kids with diabetes.
Check out the apps and gadgets to consider adding to your diabetes management toolbox:
MiniMed 670G – This is the World’s First Hybrid Closed Loop System for People with Type 1 Diabetes. The MiniMed 670G system is made up of an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM), both of which are already on the market separately. The new part involves the communication between the two devices.
This device predicts when a person’s blood sugar is dropping and prevents the low in the first place, and also corrects high blood sugars.
This is the first such machine in the world with that level of automation, and thus it is informally being called the first “artificial pancreas” system.
For people with Type 1 diabetes, they can sleep through the night without worrying about their blood sugars dropping too low and can go through their day without having to think about their diabetes all the time. FDA has given their nod to this device, and it is approved only for people ages 14 years and older.
Omnipod – This is a lightweight wearable pump that helps you manage diabetes your way. The revolutionary, tubing-free OmniPod System simplifies pump therapy with only two parts that integrate the reservoir, infusion set and inserter. Designed to be worn almost anywhere on the body, the small, waterproof Pod delivers up to 200 units of U-100 rapid-acting insulin.
The user-friendly handheld PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) wirelessly programs insulin delivery and has a convenient, built-in blood glucose meter. Additional features include a suggested bolus calculator, food library, and customized alerts.
Timesulin – Sometimes it is difficult to remember when you took your last shot. With Timesulin, one can easily track how long it’s been since their last insulin injection. Timesulin is a cap for insulin pens that helps avoid dosage mistakes.
Timesulin is a cap for insulin pens that helps avoid dosage mistakes.
It is very simple to use and doesn’t require any programming. The timer is built right into the pen cap, and it begins counting once a patient places the cap back on the insulin pen. When it’s time to take your injection simply remove the cap, inject, and replace the cap on the pen. This action resets and starts the timer.
MedFolio Electronic Pillbox – Patients with type 2 diabetes need to take multiple medications several times a day, which can pose a challenge. MedFolio is a medication management device that alerts you to take your next dose of medications with an audible sound and a unique visual LED-lighting system.
For those patients with active lifestyles, receive your medication dosing reminders by e-mail or text messaging. Upon opening the box, patients can also be reminded of the names of each pill that they need to take.
Pedometer – This small wearable device keeps track of all of the steps you take throughout the day. Some pedometers are basic counters, while others keep more detailed logs of activity. But all help encourage you to move more during the day, which is an important goal in managing diabetes.
Most of us either are glued to our smartphones or tablets. But do you know smartphones and tablets have become a great tool to manage diabetes. Below are some of the best apps offering effective methods of managing diabetes.
Diabetes Pal – This app helps track, analyze, and share blood glucose, medication, and food data manually and automatically. Diabetes pal makes it possible for users to track their sugar level in real time. It allows the users to create goals, track them and achieve them. You can also receive automatic blood sugar reading. Other features include printable reports, access on PC and MAC and it can be used in online and offline mode. This app is free and available on both, iOS and Android.
Diabetes pal makes it possible for users to track their sugar level in real time. It allows the users to create goals, track them and achieve them.
You can also receive automatic blood sugar reading. Other features include printable reports, access on PC and MAC and it can be used in online and offline mode. This app is free and available on both, iOS and Android.
Fooducate – This app is meant to help those living with diabetes or with pre-diabetes maintain a healthier diet. Following a brief setup and personalization, users can scan any product’s barcode to see how healthy it is for them. Parameters such as weight, age, gender, and activity level, all get factored into the nutrition analysis of a product. Additionally, Fooducate details the nutritional pros and cons of each product, uncovering excessive sodium, hidden trans fats, and dubious additives. Last but not least, the app recommends healthier alternatives.
Glukoo – This is an app that offers all data related to diabetes to the user in real time. It is possible to download the readings into an iOS or Android device to create a logbook. This logbook can contain notes, log carbs and statistics. This info can be shared with your doctor and can be of help when it comes to adjusting your diabetes treatment plan.
Glucose Buddy – This is an app that has been ranked number one on the list of the best diabetes apps. It is a data storage application where diabetics can log and track their carbs intake, activities, medication, blood glucose, weight, A1C and blood pressure. This app reminds the users to test their blood sugar levels often to ensure they do not forget. It is free available on both platforms.
mySugr – It is a leading diabetes app of choice in more than 6 countries. Available for some European countries and India, this app brings some fun into managing diabetes. It comes with gaming and immediate response features that help the user to remain involved throughout their therapy. The app is free and available on iOS and Android.
MUrgency Home Care service helps you get medical care & support at home. Our caregivers can help the patient with:
- Screening and monitoring blood glucose levels
- Manage weight and blood pressure
- Medication and insulin administration
- Well-balanced diet and exercise plan
- Encourage foot care
Our highly trained and experienced caregivers aim to help you understand and manage your diabetes without disrupting your life. If you would like to book our home care service, click here.