When you’re newly diagnosed with diabetes, a radical change in your diet is nearly always required – and that can be a steep educational curve. You have to learn to monitor blood glucose levels, the difference between good carbs and bad carbs, what proper portion sizes are, take your blood glucose control medicine as prescribed, and begin an exercise program.
For those who embrace technology, smartphone and tablet apps can be very helpful in managing all of these tasks. The only problem is that a quick google search will show that there are more than 1,000 diabetes management apps available.
We combed through a number of sources to find a general consensus on what are considered the best FREE smartphone apps to manage your diabetes, and here are the results, in no particular order.
Please note that the free versions of some of these apps are “lite” versions. Full access with all of the bells and whistles may require a paid subscription.
This is brilliant – a smartphone app that syncs with your blood glucose meter to keep track of your readings. Glooko also includes nutrition data from hundreds of grocery stores and restaurants so you make the right choices at the point of purchase. Glooko, like many other apps, allows you to share your data with your healthcare provider so they can analyze it and suggest changes.
The dLife Diabetes Companion claims to be “Your Ultimate Diabetes Lifestyle Manager and Tracker”. It enables you to “Track blood glucose levels, find diabetes friendly recipes, watch videos from dLifeTV, and get expert answers to your diabetes questions.”
Customers in the iTunes store give WaveSense 3.5 out of 4 stars. A review on EatRight.org states:, “The WaveSense Diabetes Manager app is one of the most useful free diabetes resources I’ve found in the App Store. This app would be a useful addition for anyone hoping to track his or her progress and make healthier decisions throughout the day.”
WaveSense Diabetes Manager offers a library of videos that can help you learn more about diabetes-friendly diets, how to make healthy lifestyle choices. It aso allows you to share your info with your medical provider.
Glucose Buddy is a data storage utility. Users manually enter glucose numbers, carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages, and activities via smartphone, and then can view their data on a free GlucoseBuddy.com account.
The developers of Diabetic Audio Recipes Lite tells us, “Our delicious diabetes cookbook offers a selection of popular recipes for your daily menu or any dinner party. It includes a selection of simple, healthy, low sugar/ sugar free, low fat recipes for appetizers, breads, muffins, scones, desserts, condiments, side dishes and main dishes.” You can play the audio recipes with speed control, and listen to the audio while reading the recipes.
Not every diabetic is alike, so dbees gives each user the “freedom of personalization. It helps you manage your insulin, insulin pump, medications, and diet. It also allows you to set reminders, access your data online and send reports directly to your physician.
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