Phone Apps for People Living With Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association the total prevalence of diabetes is as follows:
Total: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.
Diagnosed: 18.8 million people
Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people
Prediabetes: 79 million people
New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.

With these numbers comes many individuals looking for resources and support on how to eat well and manage their diabetes. Below are some popular phone apps that people are using as guides.

Fooducate – Healthy Food Diet & Nutrition Scanner

Free; Android and iPhone

This multiple award-winning app does the food investigative work for you. It can tell you if hidden sugar, trans fats, and corn syrup are lurking inside your groceries. But it does more than tell you what NOT to eat. It also provides suggestions for healthier alternatives. Just scan the product barcode or search by category, and Fooducate will automatically bring up a nutrition grade—A, B, C, or D. With more than 200,000 products in its database, Fooducate covers just about everything on your supermarket’s shelves. It even includes private labels such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

Diabetic Connect

Free; Android and iPhone

Of course, always value your doctor’s advice in diabetes management. But it’s also nice to get tips from people who’ve lived with the disease. Diabetic Connect links you with an entire network of people who understand exactly what you’re going through. In fact, it’s the biggest diabetes network on the Web. Turn to your peers whenever you need advice, support, or tips.

WaveSense Diabetes Manager

Free; iPhone

Do you want to track your glucose results, carb intake, and insulin doses? The WaveSense Diabetes Manager can help. Enter your information in seconds, review the data with convenient charts and graphs, and gain a new perspective on diabetes management. Watch videos (courtesy of dLife) to learn about healthy eating, lifestyle choices, and hear from others who are living life with diabetes.

My Glucose Buddy

Free; iPhone

Glucose Buddy is a data storage utility for people with diabetes. Users can manually enter glucose numbers, carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages, and activities. Then, you can view all of your data on your free glucosebuddy.com online account. Features desktop access, printing, A1c estimator, and push notification reminds.

MyFitnessPal

Free; Android and iPhone

MyFitnessPal is great! When you add your personal stats (height, age, sex, weight, target weight and so on) the app will work out how many calories you can consume each day to hit your target in the timeframe you specify. You record what you eat each day and input your activity. The app then tots ups what you’ve consumed and expended to count your net calories. It also plots your weight loss in a handy graph and lets you add friends too, making the whole thing more fun.

Low Fat Recipes

Free; Android and iPhone

If you need inspiration for your low-fat diet, the Low Fat Recipes app is for you. It’s like a brilliant free cookbook, which also gives you complete nutritional information. There’s a staggering array of choice with options for every dietary requirement, from gluten free and diabetes-friendly, to gourmet and budget. It is easy to browse depending on what you have in the kitchen fridge – search for “chicken” and you’ll see a whole range of ideas. With this app, you may not need another cookbook.

HealthyOut

Free; Android and iPhone

Eat healthy anywhere. Enter your dietary restrictions or even a specific diet (think: South Beach, or gluten free) and this app uses your location to suggest specific dishes at nearby restaurants. It will even advise you on making special requests, such as holding the croutons on your salad so that it’s gluten free.

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