By: Jen Blackstock
With the rise of the iPhone and the creation of hundreds of thousands of iPhone applications, it’s only natural that several wonderful apps have appeared to make life easier for diabetes patients. Here is a quick look at 10 FREE applications, in no particular order, to help you choose the right ones for you.
Diabetes Health Mobile
by Diabetes Health
Released June 2010
Diabetes Health Mobile gives you access to the top news articles and blogs posted to our website. You can read articles from our main “Top News & Blogs” as well as from your favorite categories; Type 1, Type 2, Pre-Diabetes, Kids & Teens, or Professional. See something you like? Post it straight to Twitter and share it with your friends, or email it instead, it’s easy with one tap! Feel free to change the tabs across the bottom of the screen to add your favorite categories for one tap access. The application offers the two most recent editions in our Digital Edition library and the two most recent posts in our Diabetes Health TV library for you to watch from anywhere at any time.
Glucose Buddy – Diabetes Helper 3.2
by MYLEstone Health and OneAppOneCause
Version 3.2 released 4/15/2010
Created by Tom Xu and Matthew Tendler, Glucose Buddy was ranked the #1 diabetes iPhone application by Manny Hernandez, founder of TuDiabetes.com. It has also been featured in several publications, including Wired Magazine. Glucose Buddy is a data storage utility into which you manually enter glucose numbers, carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages, and activities. You can view all of your data on your free Glucosebuddy.com online account, where your iPhone automatically syncs your logs. You can also use your phone to access the Glucose Buddy Forum, where you can post and read articles, questions, comments, and other useful information. This app looks great. It has many fine features, and both the app and the website are very easy to use.
by Distal Thoughts
Diabetes Log is a very simple, no frills application that allows you to log your glucose readings, food intake, and medicine records. You can then export records of your logs (CVS over email) to your computer for your personal use or to send to your health professional. If you are looking for a simple way to keep an on-the-go log of your readings, then this is the application for you.
Log For Life – Diabetes Quick Entry
by Gnoso, Inc.
The Log For Life application is a companion application for the subscription- based web application, Log For Life. Cost for subscription to this service is $9 per month after a free 30-day trial. Log for Life allows you to quickly log glucose, carbohydrates, medication, exercise, weight, and notes. Two-Way Sync with logforlife.com to view historical entries, edit or delete any entry, and then download, print, email, or create a spreadsheet to do your own analysis of your information. The online Web application has several other features, such as interactive graphs and the ability to manage medications and share your logs with family and doctors. It’s very easy to use, and the web-based system is a breeze. It’s also available for other smart phones, such as BlackBerry, and text messaging is supported to the online system for even quicker entry.
by University Health Network
Bant allows you to enter your glucose readings with an easy-to-use reading entry system. Entries can be by the meal, time of day, or other factors. The information stores instantly on your Google Health account and in the “Bant Book,” which you can use to create trends and charts or share with members of your support team. You can also share your experience with diabetes through Twitter right from the application. It’s very easy to use, with a nice interface, and I like the Google Health account and Twitter features.
Diabetic Meal Planner Lite – Glycemic Index
by Glycemic Diet Software, LLC
This app calculates the overall glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) for individual meals and the entire day, to help you build a healthy diet. It provides carbohydrate, calories, protein, fat analysis, and future meal planning for numerous food items. (The free version, however, provides only 38 food items in the database: two per food group. The “full version” has 975 food items and can be purchased from the App Store for $13.99.) Meal planning can be done for the next week, with features such as historical full meal information for future re-use; easy reconstruction of your typical meals; and the ability to modify each favorite for the day. It’s great for diabetics and non-diabetics alike to keep track of their daily food consumption.
by Michael Heinz
This is the ad-sponsored version of Diabetes Grapher. This app documents your glucose values and insulin units. With the saving of several daily values, your glucose and insulin units are documented in a diagram for each day and month. All entered values can be read immediately and on a monthly basis. Many features are included, such as search in logs; fast and easy input; adding new insulin types; detailed daily and monthly graphs and opinions; and exporting to email via CSV file. It’s easy to use, but the dark colors and small font make it harder to read than some of the other apps reviewed here.
GlucoSentinel for iPhone
by Sullivan & Shale, LLC
GlucoSentinel is a messaging and alert service that enables you to share your blood sugar test results with your support group via email or text. A free 30-day subscription is available, after which the service costs $9.99 a month for the application and online service. The main feature of this particular application is alerts, which are sent to remind you to test your blood sugar according to the schedule created. If a test is missed, alerts will be sent to your support group. All the information can be consolidated and sent to you or your support group, much like several of the other applications. I like the alert and reminder function, as none of the other free apps have this. It’s great for newly diagnosed diabetics or those who have trouble remembering to test.
Glucose Mate Free
by John Patrick
This app simplifies glucose data logging and automatically saves glucose level, relationship to the meal, and time of measurement. There’s a chart for glucose level trend analysis, to help you and your doctor decide on the best medicine and adjust daily drug dosage. Glucose Mate Free has many features, enabling you to log and track your glucose level, track any number of profiles, perform statistical analysis and trend analysis, email glucose data to your doctor, and track medications. It’s easy to use, has nice charts, and receives high ratings within the iTunes store.
by Trey Weir Media
Type2Friendly is designed to help you find restaurants that serve “diabetic friendly” food. You can search by city, state, zip code, or your current GPS location to find nearby restaurants and nutritional data. The app comes complete with maps, directions, and restaurant websites and phone numbers. Tapping the menu items even gives you a total of the nutritional data at the bottom of the screen and adds up what you eat. The downside is that it includes only chain and fast food restaurants, so it essentially lets you search out the lesser of evils in the menus of your common fast food outlets.