These are the best diabetes apps you can download to control of your diabetes, monitor and track your blood sugar and to help monitor blood sugar in children using an app that continuously tracks blood sugar and can provide alerts to phones and smart watches.
We chose the best Diabetes apps based on feedback from users, app reviews and the day-to-day effect that it will have on living with diabetes.
With over 29 million people living with Diabetes there are no shortage of diabetes accessories and diabetes apps that promise a simpler routine and better monitoring.
The best diabetes apps that we’ve found will help you monitor what you are eating so that you can control blood sugar by what you eat. We also share essential diabetes apps that can track your blood sugar and alert you to what is wrong.
If you are looking for diabetes apps for your child or for a friend or family member you may want to know more about how this works.
In the video below Scott Hanselman shares how he uses a diabetes pump and how he uses a continuous glucose meter to constantly monitor his blood sugar level. While showing this Hanselman uses an airplane analogy to explain blood sugar monitoring.
If you want a better understanding of diabetes accessories and where the technology is going, check out Hanselman’s overview of diabetes technology in 2016 to see where the hardware and software are, and where they are going.
One of the best Diabetes apps we’ve found connects with a Dexcom Glucose Monitor to see blood sugar levels on a phone or smart watch. Amanda Hoover shares how this helps her daughter.
“Our 12 year old daughter has an insulin pump that is tubeless so she wears a pod that communicates to the PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager aka the glucose meter).” she explains, “You add in the amount of carbs and it will tell you how much insulin to give.”
With this technology she is also able to monitor her daughter’s blood sugar levels remotely. Hoover says, “She also has a Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor with Share. This monitors her blood sugars through a site that we change weekly (sometimes longer), this updates every 5 minutes and is usually within 20 ml of her actual blood sugar. The CGM communicates her blood sugar numbers to a cell phone through the Share app!”
Using the Dexcom follow app, Hoover is able to see what her daughter’s blood sugar levels are — including if the levels are even, or rising or dropping rapidly.
Hoover is upbeat the system telling Gotta Be Mobile, “This has surely saved my daughter’s life several times!”
In late 2015 the family added a Pebble watch to their daughter’s diabetes technology which shows her blood sugar levels on her wrist so that she can check them without taking a phone out in class. If the levels are high or low the watch vibrates to let her know. Hoover and her husband can also send her text messages that show up on the watch so she can get help with what to do.
These are the best diabetes apps for 2016. They will help you track your diabetes and manage it better by counting carbs and making smarter decisions. Some of these require special meters and pumps but there are also diabetes apps that you can use without changing how you treat diabetes.