Diabetes is a group of diseases in which the body has trouble regulating blood sugar. According to the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), about 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. This figure has risen dramatically in recent decades.
Diabetes is a complicated condition. It requires patience to monitor their blood sugar and pay close attention to diet and exercise. Apps designed specifically for diabetes management can save you a lot of time and effort.
Apps typically log blood glucose readings – although some allow you to log carbs, food, medication, weight and more.
I took the hard/guess work out for you. I was able to combine the list from apple top listed apps and based on the reviews and recommendations from various sites.
Free Diabetes Apps
1. Diabetik by UglyApps (free)
It’s a free app for diabetes management, which provides features including quick data entry and aesthetically designed interactive charts, the reminders can trigger based on time or location. The app helps people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes monitor how much and how often they’re eating, their blood glucose levels, and whether they’ve taken their medication.
2. Fooducate By Fooducate, Ltd.(free)
Eat better. Lose weight. Be healthy. Let Fooducate be your diet toolbox! Lose weight with REAL food, track your progress, and get motivated by the community. Fooducate is the ONLY APP that looks beyond the calorie to help you lose weight and keep it off!
3.Glooko by Glooko Inc. (free)
You deserve to understand how diabetes uniquely affects you. Glooko’s FDA 510(k) cleared platform
you do so and is changing diabetes management, by breaking barriers in technology and building bridges between you and your provider.
With Glooko, you now have diabetes data at your fingertips, on your iPhone and online at my.glooko.com. What’s more, your glucose data, and your digital logbook can be shared with your provider, via their Population Tracker, so they’re better equipped to make improved adjustments to your diabetes treatment plan.
4.Diabetes in Check by Everyday Health (free)
The most comprehensive type 2 diabetes app on the market, designed by a Certified Diabetes Educator. You’ll get all the tools plus the most-up-to-date information you need to control and manage your condition every day. This app is designed to help you 1) LOWER YOUR BLOOD SUGAR 2) GET ACTIVE 3) EAT BETTER 4) COUNT CARBS 5) MANAGE YOUR WEIGHT.
5.iCookbook Diabetic by Publications International (free)
The iCookbook™-Diabetic team of REGISTERED DIETITIANS and ACCREDITED FOOD EXPERTS selected recipes that use readily accessible (and affordable) ingredients. The recipes will inspire you and help solve your everyday problem of healthy meal selection for your diabetic diet.
FREE recipes every month!
Every month, the iCookbook™-Diabetic team will carefully select a group of new recipes that you can add to your collection at NO ADDITIONAL COST so iCookbook™-Diabetic will grow with you and become the only diabetes-friendly cooking app you will ever need.
5.mySugr Junior by mySugr GmbH (free)
This app is focused on children who is dealing with diabetes. This provides a great communication tool between the children dealing with diabetes and their caregivers. With diabetes you need to watch for your carbs intake. Children may not know that and that this is the least expected thing we want them to know about. A little diabetes monster accompanies the kids through the app and gives feedback on their entries. The child can enter data such as blood glucose levels, food and insulin or take a picture of his meals, but they can also request help whenever the parents are not around. All entries can be sent as a push message or email from within the app to the parents’ phone. This way, the child can ask for feedback on calculating carbs or the insulin dose.
6.HealthyOut by HealthyOut (free)
This app is only available in US at this time. It finds healthy restaurants for you. The can also find you healthy dishes that have less calories. Provides a lot of filter including calories, dietary restrictions like vegetarian, Vegan, Lactose etc. Also filters by cuisine, dishes and ingredients. Overall a good app for health conscious people.
7.Foodily by Foodily (free)
Foodily is a social recipe network where you can discover and share any recipe on the web, including your own. You can use Foodily to keep track of all the recipes you love in one complete recipe box. You can follow your friends and experts to get the new ideas of recipes.
8.Whole Foods Market Recipes by Whole Foods (free)
9.GoMeals by Sanofi-Aventis (free)
This app provides functions including Food Tracking, Activity Tracking, Glucose Tracking, and Restaurant Locator.
GoMeals is more than a calorie counter. With nutritional values for your favorite foods and restaurant menu items powered by the CalorieKing™ food database, search thousands of foods and dishes from popular restaurants, grocery stores and the items you have in your own kitchen to easily see the nutritional value (i.e., calories, carbohydrates, fats, protein, etc.) of the foods you eat. Even sync the data you enter in your Fitbit account with GoMeals.
With the activity tracker, GoMeals lets you calculate the number of calories you burn. Select a physical activity and your intensity level. You can save your favorite activities into a customized workout and even link your Fitbit account to GoMeals so the calories your burn automatically sync.
If you have diabetes, you may be checking your blood sugar levels several times a day. GoMeals offers you a handy place to record and view your numbers. Track your highs and lows. And with meal and exercise tags, you’ll have a handy log of your readings to share with your physician.
Discover restaurants in your area with GoMeals. The app will even show you which restaurants are closest and map the location. With a database of over 20,000 restaurant items, you can make healthy eating choices before you even step in the door.
When you log in with a free GoMeals account, you get the added benefit of backing up your history and favorites to our cloud network. And if you use GoMeals on multiple devices or on the Web (with GoMeals Online) your data will be waiting for you!
Manage your nutrition and exercise, and give yourself the tools and information you need to manage diabetes. Even if you don’t have diabetes, you’ll still find GoMeals a great resource.
10.Cravings by Nilanjan Sengupta (free)
Last but not least Carvings!You can setup your daily limits and accordingly Cravings can suggest what to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner to meet your daily calorie goals. It can tell you what your best or worst cravings area. Also you can plan for your daily Cravings by sparing few calories here and there.
*** 148Apps.com- “Cravings does an impressive job of suggesting foods and cravings to users to help them stay within their budgets… the app generate insightful statistics such as the worst and best meals… It adapts itself based on food habits so users never have to sit and wonder what they can or cannot eat without breaking their budget.”
You have enough tools at hand, now all you need is select one, download and start using it!
For Android User: Some of the apps including Fooducate, Glooko are available on Google Play Store. I will write another post only covering the Android app soon!