As the iPhone picks more devoted users and with the release of version 4 coming out shortly, now is the perfect time to think about using some of the many diabetes-related apps that are available. Here are five free applications that you might find helpful.
Diabetes Log is a straightforward application that allows you to log your glucose readings, food intake, and medication data and export records of your logs to your computer or to your health professional.
Log For Life
Log for Life enables you to log glucose readings, carbohydrates, medications, amount of exercise, your weight and even insert a note to yourself. You can also upload your entries to the website and create a spreadsheet. A subscription-based service with additional features is available for $9 month. This app also works with other smart phones such as Blackberry.
Diabetic Meal Planner Lite
This app calculates your glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) for one meal or for the whole day. You can factor in carbohydrate, calories, protein, fat analysis, as well as meal planning. The free version covers 38 food items. The full version contains 975 food items and sells for $13.99.
GlucoSentinel for iPhone
GlucoSentinel builds in accountability for your diabetes management by allowing you to share your glucose test results with your support persons or group via email or text. You also receive alerts to remind you to test your blood on the schedule you create. A free 30-day subscription is available, after which the service costs $9.99 a month.
Although the name seems to imply this app is only for those with type 2 diabetes, it is just as helpful to those with type 1. Type2Friendly is designed to help you find nearby restaurants that offer nutritional data for their offerings to help you make good food choices. The app includes maps, directions, restaurant websites and phone numbers.
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