iPhone Apps for those with diabetes

June 29, 2010 by  
Filed under DIABETES

Monitoring blood sugar and insulin levels as well as keeping in mind the kind of food that helps you keep your glycemic targets are hard. Add to that the complexity of insulin types, the glucose periods (fasting, before and after eating) and you get lots of data on your hand. I had to monitor my blood glucose when I was pregnant and had gestational diabetes. That was just for a few months. I can imagine how tedious this recordkeeping can be if it is for life. Which is why it is so great that there is technology nowadays to help people with diabetes. As part of our series of health and medical phone apps, we are bringing you a couple of useful apps for those with diabetes.

Glucose Buddy was supposedly ranked as the number 1 iPhone diabetes application by Manny Hernandez, Founder of TuDiabetes.com. It allows users to enter data on glucose levels, carbohydrate consumption, and insulin dosages. It is fully compatible and syncs easily with the Internet application at www.glucosebuddy.com. It costs nothing to download.

Diabetes Log is simple and straightforward, yet useful app to record glucose levels and food intake. The newer versions allow you to mail your data directly to your doctor with the Touch Mail application. It is for free.

DiaMedic also helps you record your glucose and insulin values as well as exercise but in a highly compressed way that allows you to fit more info. “Diamedic © Diabetes Logbook offers a unique solution for the diabetic to easily record every glucose reading, insulin injection, lab result, carb intake, weight, medication and exercise workout. Log sugar levels on the go, then monitor readings with instant graphs to help you maintain tight control.”

Glucose-Charter™ is another app that enables to your to record blood glucose and insulin levels that you can send to your doctor at the touch of a button. In addition, it gives access to a database of diabetes-friendly food. There is a Lite version and Pro version. Unfortunately, I can’t find any info about the price but the lite version should be cheaper or even for free.

Diabetic Meal Planner helps you calculate your glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) for a meal or for a day. It gives info about common food items to help you in planning your meals taking into account the carbs, fats and proteins. There is a free and a full version ($13.99). The former gives info on 38 food items, the latter on 975.

Type2Friendly is actually useful for those with Type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It gives info on diabetes-friendly restaurants, their menus, maps and directions, websites and contact numbers. Makes going out for diabetics easier.

Photo credit: screen shot from diabetes log

iPhone apps for weight management and nutrition

May 18, 2010 by  
Filed under OBESITY

Weight loss and calorie counting have gone high tech, too. Those are determined to lose a few kilos and keep them off for good may benefit from the wide range of phone apps for iPhones. I bring you couple of of apps that might help you get started and stay on a healthy lifestyle.

Weight Watchers Mobile, as the name says, is the iPhone app from Weight Watchers, the big name in weight loss. Tracking and calculating points values with your smartphone have never been that easy. It also gives the user access to more than 31,000 goof options, meals, and recipes. Then there is the shopping list tool as well as access to menus (and points values) of your favorite restaurants. And it’s included in your phone subscription!

Calorie Tracker is the iPhone partner to LIVESTRONG’s highly successful online tool the Daily Plate . It has access to Daily Plate’s online database of 450,000 food and restaurant items and their nutritional values. It helps you keep track of daily weight, food consumed and the corresponding calorie intake as well as physical activity and the corresponding calories burned. A great feature is that by physical activity, the apps does not only take into account the likes of work outs and jogging runs but also the daily activities like mowing the lawn, walking the dog, or pushing baby on the stroller. Calorie Tracker is for free but wireless Internet access is necessary to access the databases. An online version is available.

Nutrition menu. Now, for those who love to eat out but still watch what they eat should try out Nutrition menu. All the nutritional info you ever want about the food you eat everyday – carbs, fats, sugar, protein, sodium and fiber – are all in this app. What is more important is the access to content and nutritional info of more than 33,000 menus from more than 320 restaurants in the US and Canada. A big plus is that the app works and accessed the database without WiFi. Nutrition menu is purely about food, calories and nutrition. Exercise and weight are not integrated in the apps. At $9.99, it is a bit pricey compared to other apps.

iWeight Deluxe, at $ 0.99 US, is was much cheaper than Nutrition Menu. It, too, tracks your weight, calorie intake, and exercise and helps reach your weight goal. A plus is the inclusion of water intake, something that is important, yet usually missing in many fitness tolls and regimes. toTips on stress management, and directions to the nearest gym are given.

Weightbot is similar to iWeight in terms of price although it is much simpler and only focuses on weight gain or loss. Its simplicity probably makes it easy which is why it is available in 11 different languages.

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