Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder characterized by levels elevated blood glucose. Type 1 diabetes (10%) is one of the most common childhood chronic diseases and occurs because the pancreas produces insufficient insulin. Type 2 or adult diabetes (90%) is the most common and is characterized by the ability of the body to produce insulin does not disappear, but the body has a resistance to the hormone, explains the Diabetes Foundation.
There are more than a thousand mobile applications to help the patient control diabetes. However, few have a quality seal that guarantees patient safety. For this reason, here in this article, we have compiled some of the best mobile applications recommended by health professionals, patient associations, recognized as safe health products, or awarded by experts.
It is a system for the self-management of type 1 and types 2 diabetes mellitus. It is one of the most downloaded apps in its category as well as one of the best valued by users around the world. With Social Diabetes, the user can control their diabetes simply and intuitively, thanks to the control of the key aspects of their day to days, such as blood glucose levels, diet, or exercise. But above all, this application stands out for its rigor and safety, since it is a tool that respects the highest demands on safety and quality by complying with European directives on healthcare products.
Additionally, Social Diabetes is an application licensed by Menarini Diagnostics. Undoubtedly, one of the things that make the difference between this and the rest of the applications on the market is its management system in the cloud. This functionality allows you to share diets with other users, learn from the experience of thousands of people with diabetes around the world, and even invite the doctor to manage and monitor the patient’s diabetes remotely and in real-time.
GluQUO acts as a kind of daily record, allowing you to monitor the meals eaten, blood glucose levels or physical activity performed. But the main feature of this application, without a doubt, is found in the “bowling calculator”. The app itself, based on the information provided by the user, recommends how much insulin the patient should be administered. In addition, it can also sync with Apple Health to cross-check health data, such as heart rate or sleep history.
It is an application whose objective is to offer the necessary tools to keep a complete record of the daily activity of the person having diabetes. Beyond basic data, such as blood glucose level, this app allows you to monitor other major issues like hours of sleep, daily meals (with their nutritional percentages of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats), and even areas of the body where the user has injected insulin. There is no doubt that Diabetes: M is a very comprehensive health diary, which also offers a large number of methods for viewing and interpreting the data.
This app allows you to record all the data regarding your diabetes simply and practically. The application allows you to collect information of interest such as meals, carbohydrates, blood glucose, insulin, etc.
It also allows you to reorganize the fields so that you can choose the ones that interest you the most, obtain graphs for the blood glucose values, propose challenges to achieve certain personal goals, and it has a bolus calculator to calculate insulin doses. My Sugr is a complete customizable log diary that aims to make your day to day easier.
One Drop allows a disease control to be established through different registers: glucose, food, medication, and physical activity. The characteristic of this application is that, in addition to include an automatic carbohydrate counting system and having an alert and reminder system for the administration of insulin, it has a community for exchanging information between users. In this way, the app allows users to interact with each other, thus being able to make recommendations or share their own experiences – all, of course, from anonymity.
These are just some examples of the best apps for the control, monitoring, and treatment of diabetes. As you have seen, its objective is not only to provide support to the user and patient but also, on numerous occasions, to share relevant data and information with healthcare professionals. The applications will not replace the doctor-patient relationship at any time. Only a healthcare professional can diagnose and treat a medical problem. Undoubtedly, apps have become a digital health tool to take into account in this era of new technologies.