Technology can help us through every part of our lives, from helping us keep in touch with long lost friends, getting your shopping delivered to your door and even reading the latest novels. But, can it help you manage your diabetes?
The good news is, there are apps that can help, from helping you keep track of what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising to ones that help you keep track of your levels.
Here’s our guide to some apps you could try to manage your diabetes.
Monitoring your food and exercise levels:
- MyFitnessPal – are you looking for an app on your phone to help you keep track of what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising? Then why not try MyFitnessPal? You can scan barcodes, save meals and recipes and use other Quick Tools to make tracking what you’re eating easy. You can also connect it to other apps that track your exercise, such as the Fitbit app, so it can keep a track of your exercise.
- My Diet Diary Calorie Counter – Another calorie counting app, My Diet Diary will allow you to track your food, calories, exercise, weight, cholesterol, carbs, calories burned and more. It also has daily diet and fitness tips, and reminders to help you stay on track.
Inspiring you to exercise more:
- Couch to 5k – Want to being running, but not sure where to start? Couch to 5k is a running plan for absolute beginners. It is 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks. You’ll be able to run 5k in no time.
- One You Active 10 – Struggling to fit exercise into your day? If you can find 10 minutes, then why not try the One You Active 10 app. It’s based on the principle that a 10 minute walk every day can help you get outside and into fresh air, improve your health and spend 10 minutes just on yourself. By starting with just 10 minutes brisk walking it can help you build your levels of activity up gradually.
Tracking your blood glucose levels:
Not everyone who is living with diabetes will need to monitor their blood glucose levels, but if you do you might want to keep a track of what your levels are and when. If you’re looking for a way to do that, why not try…
- mySugr – With this app you can input and track your blood glucose levels, medications, meals and carb intake. If you’re using an Apple device, it can sync to your Apple Health app to collect physical activity. It can also sync with Accu-Check glucose meters and give you an estimated haemoglobin A1C. If you’re looking for a blood glucose meter, you could try the Accu-Chek Performa Nano Blood Glucose System.
- Glucose Buddy – Much like mySugr, this app can help you log your blood glucose levels, carb intake, medication does, A1C results, exercise and more. If you’re using an Apple iPhone you can also register at glucosebuddy.com to sync your log to the website so it can back up your data. You can even send reports you your diabetes care team via the app or website.
Reminders When to Take Your Medicine
Taking your medicine on time is important to keeping well. Echo by LloydsPharmacy can help you with this. Using the smartphone app, you can set handy reminders to take your medicine. Find out more about Echo here.
Do you want to talk to someone about your diabetes? If you’re struggling with your condition, visit your local LloydsPharmacy and talk to one of our healthcare team. They can help with all aspects of your condition, and even do a few check-ups such as blood pressure, to make sure you’re staying on track.