With more than four million people in the UK living with diabetes, there are now some apps on the market that can be downloaded to your smartphone or smartwatch to enable you to develop an easier routine in order to track and better manage your condition.
Being able to monitor and track the levels of sugar in your blood is the main priority for someone living with diabetes, whether an adult or a child. With the rate that technology is advancing all the time, there is a plethora of apps and accessories available to simply give you a higher quality monitoring. You accurately record what you eat and, if blood sugar drops, you’ll get an alert giving you plenty of time to address it before it ends up an issue.
The Glucose Monitor by Dexcom is one such app. Developed through clinical trial services, this app has been responsible for saving the life of thousands of people across the UK. This particular app is great if you have children with diabetes, as you are also able to monitor blood sugar levels remotely through the ‘share’ function of the app. So, how does it work?
By recording the amount of carbohydrates being consumed, the Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) function of the app automatically shows you how much insulin is to be given. Blood sugars are then monitored through the Continuous Glucose Monitor, which is updated every five minutes, providing real-time results and alerts if anything is going wrong.
For those living with Types 1 and 2 diabetes, mySugr Logbook and mySugr Pro also enable you to track important data. and will provide you with challenges to complete in order to develop some really constructive feedback to be used in future developments. Other apps also include the well known Accu Chek Avivia and Performa Connect, with more being developed all the time with the assistance of clinical trials – http://www.gandlscientific.com/clinical-trial-services/. There is also specific information for those UK-based diabetes sufferers –https://www.diabetes.org.uk/How_we_help/Diabetes-UK-apps/.
These apps make recording meals, medications and activity so much easier, with a simple to use personal log screen where you can add this information. By recording this information, these apps can analyse your food, blood sugars and exercise, as regularly as you want, providing you with an insight into your condition and how best to manage it.