In this age of smart phones and computer tablets, managing your diabetes is easier than ever! Thousands of apps are available to help you take better care of your illness. Here are some solutions that are available that may have not crossed your mind:
- Tracking Blood Sugar. Download an app to help you track your blood sugar. A pen and paper isn’t always handy, but a cell phone is. These apps can provide graphs and trends in blood sugar that are easily sent to a computer to print or even to your doctor before appointments in order to better analyze your personal information.
- Counting Carbs. There are apps available to help you with carbohydrate counting. Carb counting can be a pain! But, by entering in the food you want you eat, these apps can give you an approximation of carbs/serving. Most restaurants will have their menus with nutritional information on their websites. If you are out to eat and not sure what is appropriate for your diet, call up their webpage. This information can be accessed on your tablet or cell phone.
- Organizing Prescriptions. Often, especially in complicated or uncontrolled diabetes, there are so many medications involved that it can be difficult to remember to take all of them! If any of you are like me, I have a hard enough time remembering to take my multi-vitamin once a day, let alone insulin injections with meals and injections nightly and tablets once or twice daily along with testing blood sugar up to 6 times a day! Sounds confusing. There are apps that send you messages and alarms when it’s time to take your medication. This can also help you remember if you actually took your medications that day. You can also get reminders to refill your prescriptions.
Take a look in your phone or tablet’s app store to see what is available – this could be a free and easy way to help more effectively manage your diabetes. Let’s “App Up” for a better life!