By Nancy Trebilcock, RN, BSN, CDE
The world of technology has been exploding since the introduction of the mobile phone application (app). Apps have become so popular that some industry experts say they will be the next “game changing technology;” even more than the advent of the internet! There are numerous mobile phone apps that people are now using to help improve their health and diabetes control. We've compiled a sampling to assist you in sorting through some of the many offerings. Find one that suits you!
Do you already use health-related mobile apps? What are your favorites? How does it help you to improve your health? Please share on our blog!
Glucose Buddy: (iPhone, iPod) Free Web-based diabetes tracking software for blood sugars and medications. Is Mac-friendly.
GoMeals: (iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch) A restaurant nutrition guide with instant access to diabetes nutrition facts for making healthy eating choices. The Today’s Plate section can track daily food intake and save favorite meals for future access. The Food Database stores over 40,000 common items & over 20,000 restaurant menu items. Use the Restaurant Locator to find restaurants based on your current location or type of cuisine.
Fast Food Calories: (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) Simple-to-use nutrition guide that includes over 100 of the most popular restaurants listed with their full menus and nutritional information.
Good Food-Bad Food: (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) Compare food items with a food database including more than 300,000 food items commonly found in national eateries and supermarkets. Each food is given a grade and has a detailed display of its positive and negative attributes. If there’s too much fat in that burger, you’re going to know it before ordering!
HeartWise: (iPhone, iPad) Record and track blood pressure, resting heart rate and weight. Using your entries, it can track data, analyze trends and create spreadsheets. It has a fully capable export feature that allows you to send your data as a spreadsheet directly from your phone.
Lose It: (iPhone) Tracks food intake and exercise, calculates calories in recipes.
My Fitness Pal: (iPhone, Android) Tracks food intake and exercise, calculates calories in recipes. Includes an online community where you can share progress with friends. It has the largest food diary database with over 600,000 items and an extensive list of exercises to track calories burned.
MyNetDiary: (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry) A food tracking app that has a comprehensive database of food label information for more than 102,000 foods.
Runkeeper: (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android) Tracks your daily runs including the distance you ran, average speed and calories burned. On GPS enabled devices, it can map your course as you run. Automatically syncs your stats to its website to track totals and overall progress.
Tap and Track: ( iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, ) A calorie, weight and exercise tracker that has a large food database of over 400,000 food items and over 5,000 brands and restaurants.
The Carrot: A food and exercise diary that can also track medications, pregnancy, blood sugars, mood, menstrual cycle, sleep time and more.
Please note: This article is not an endorsement of any products, and apps are not listed in any order of preference and are not meant to replace any member of your Health Care Team.
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