A. Disclaimers and Advice

* The information provided here should not be interpreted as medical advice. It is provided solely as a convenience for youth and young adults with diabetes.

* In all cases, it is essential to consult with your healthcare advisor before taking action based on the information provided here.

… diabetes self-care technology must be personalized … Figure out what system is your system  …  by discussing the options with a certified diabetes educator or a doctor who  knows the technology” – Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RD, LDN, BC-ADM, CDE as cited in Advances in Diabetes Technology: Will It Change Your Life? (Jan 29, 2018)

* Entries included have been selected from among dozens of available software applications and related technology devices. They are based on information available from one or more trusted sources but no part of this information should be viewed as an endorsement from SFBLF.

* SFBLF has no partnership or funding relationship with any supplier included in the descriptions provided.

* Because diabetes self-management support applications and related technology devices are constantly changing, it is possible that the information provided here is not the most up-to-date.

B. Technology Limitations

Living with diabetes requires constant diligence 24/7. Controlling blood glucose levels, blood pressure and maintaining a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise are essential actions to stay healthy and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications. That task can be tiring and sometimes discouraging.

Fortunately, technologies in the form of software applications, monitoring devices and insulin delivery devices continue to advance with the goal of making diabetes self-management easier. There is an evolving trend to ‘integrate’ various combinations of software and devices to provide even more convenience.

To the extent that the technology support includes automatic ‘alerts’ to the user, a family member and/or supporting healthcare provider, potentially dangerous conditions may be identified and treated faster.

This technology support, however, requires an understanding of the limitations. For example, applications and devices may be designed for specific age ranges; may be intended for only one or other of Type 1 and Type 2; may not be ‘approved’ for use in your country or region.

Most require an active, continuing role on your part to achieve success; you need to input relevant data. Some devices, despite high levels of sophistication, still require manual checking with ‘test strips’ to confirm the device remains properly calibrated.

To the extent such technology relies on wireless connectivity, it may not work well in all locations.

Where health information is being collected on a remote data base or shared with others, it is important to ensure there is protection from hackers through passwords and data encryption.

While many software applications can be downloaded for free, some are supported by advertising that promotes various purchases which can be an unwelcome distraction. Many applications, if not free, can be acquired for a modest one-time fee. Some applications have levels of sophistication, i.e., a ‘basic’ version for free and a version with more features requiring a fee.

C. Suggested Steps for Using this APPS List:

1. Scan the groupings of interest
* Children; Specialized
* Self-management – IOS and ANDROID; IOS only; ANDROID only
* Carbs/Diet, Exercise
* Diabetes Information and eLearning
2. Identify the APPS of interest for you
3. Click on the App title to get more information including, in most cases, example ‘screen shots’
4. Download the App from Apple Store, Google Play or developer’s website
5. Consult with your healthcare provider before using any Self-management APP

[Please tell us if you encounter difficulties, find errors and/or have suggestions for additional Apps to be added]

All Apps included [unless otherwise noted] are FREE;
some have fee based upgrades

IOS Apps – download from the Apple Store
Android Apps – download from Google Play
Browser Apps –  supplier/developer website

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Self-Management and Related APPS – Summary List
For each entry in this Table, you will find a brief ‘Features Summary’ and ‘Languages supported’ description following the Table. You can scan those first or just click on any table entry to go to a related website for more details and ‘screen shots’ including download links.

Click on the main topic areas in the left column below to go directly to that section.

1. Support for Children * BlueLoop * Count Carbs w/Lenny
2. Specialized * Retina Risk

* Diabetes Australia – APP

* My Inhealthcare (UK)

* Dia Sys HbA1c converter

* Pocket A1c

* Glucagon emergency

3. SM – IOS, ANDROID * AgaMatrix

* BANT

* Dbees

* Diabetes Connect

* Diabetes:M

* Diabetes Pal

* Diabetes UK Tracker

* Glucose Buddy

*Health2Sync

* One Touch Revealâ

* SI Diary

* Sugar Sense

4. SM – IOS only * Glucose Companion

* iBGSTAR

* Healthsome G for  

                Glucose

5. SM – ANDROID only * BG Monitor Diabetes

* EndoGoddess

* HelpDiabetes

* onTrack Diabetes

6. Carbs/Diet, Exercise * Calorie King®

* Carbs & Cals

* Figwee Portion

* Fooducate

* Beat Diabetes

* MyFitnessPal

* Strava

* Sworkit

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1. APPS to support children

BlueLoop  
Features Summary: For caregivers to record child BG levels, carb consumption, medication; can share results via email
Languages: English, German, Spanish, N. Sami [IOS, ANDROID, Browser]

Carb Counting with Lenny 
Features Summary: To help children with diabetes to learn to count carbohydrates; games section; online interaction with other players is USA only
Languages: English [IOS, ANDROID, Browser]

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2. Specialized APPS

[purpose or country specific]

RetinaRisk 
Features Summary: RetinaRisk app is a unique and novel tool designed to monitor individualized risk of developing sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy, one of the most common causes of blindness world-wide. RetinaRisk is a clinically- validated risk calculator to assess in real-time the risk for sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy, based on the individual’s risk profile, and to track the progression of the disease over time
Languages: English, German, Icelandic (Íslenska) [IOS and ANDROID]

DiaSys HbA1c Calculator
Features Summary: Bi-directional calculator; coverts old-style % HbA1C values to mmol/L; also converts average BG in mg/dl to mmol/L and vice versa.
Languages: English [Browser only]

Pocket A1c
Features Summary: Simple slide-bar app converts A1C level to estimated BG level and vice versa; displays both md/dl and mmol/L units.
Languages: English [IOS only]

Glucagon [guide for emergencies]
Features Summary: Step-by-step illustration guide for the emergency administration of Glucagon (Eli Lilly product)
Languages: English [IOS and Browser]

Diabetes Australia
Features Summary: Info re meal planning, recipes, exercise tips, local diabetes events in Australia, HCP contacts in Australia
Languages: English [IOS, ANDROID, Browser]

My Inhealthcare
Features Summary: UK National Health Service app requires NHS clinician referral for access
Languages: English {IOS, ANDROID, Browser]

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3. Self-management APPS – IOS and Android

* AgaMatrix

* BANT

* Dbees

* Diabetes Connect

* Diabetes:M

* Diabetes Pal

* Diabetes UK Tracker

* Glucose Buddy

* Health2Sync

* One Touch Revealâ

* SI Diary

* Sugar Sense

AgaMatrix Diabetes Manager
Features Summary: Track BG, carbs, insulin dosage; trend charts; share by email with carers and HCPs; includes info videos
Languages: English

BANT
Features Summary: For adolescents and younger people; Track BG, food intake; trend graphs; Bluetooth sharing with glucose meters; share data with carers and HCPs via email, Twitter and Microsoft HealthVault
Languages: English, French, German, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Russian

Dbees
Features Summary: integrates with dbees.com website; graphs, daily planner; reminders; share data with carers and HCPs
Languages: English, French, Polish, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian

Diabetes Connect
Features Summary: For T1 and T2 support; Track BG, BP, insulin, meds, exercise, meals; stats and graphical analysis of BG and meal data; export to carers and HCPs; web portal available; can sync with selected devices
Languages: English

Diabetes:M
Features Summary: Logbook for BG, insulin, nutrition, meds, injection sites; food data base; carb counting and insulin dose advisor; timeline graphs and charts; analytical summaries; reminders; export to carers and HCPs; import from some other systems; can be upgraded for a fee
Languages: English

Diabetes Pal
Features Summary: MyTelcare Diabetes Pal logs glucose readings, medication doses, meals and notes. When combined with the Telcare BGMTM, the app will automatically show all of your glucose readings without requiring you to manually enter a single log.
Languages: English

Diabetes UK Tracker 
Features Summary:BG, BP, cals, carbs, HbA1c, insulin, ketones, weight; share graphs with carers and HCPs
Languages: English, German

Glucose Buddy
Features Summary: Data store for BG, carbs, insulin dosage, activities; view on free online account; integrates with ‘CalorieTrack’
Languages: English

Health2Sync
Features Summary: Track BG, BP, weight, daily activities; charts, graphs; trends; reminders; share with carers and HCP [can add features for a monthly fee]
Languages: English

One Touch Revealâ
Features Summary: Tracks BG and insulin doses; automatic reminders; works with OneTouch Verio Flex® meter; web app available also.
Languages: English

SI Diary
Features Summary: Support for T1, T2, LADA, Gestational; Track BG, BP, carbs, meds; charts, graphs, trends; mg/dl or mmol/L; ‘alerts’; share with carers and HCPs; import data from over 200 devices: BG and BP meters, insulin pumps, pedometers; [Note: also a browser version]
Languages: 21 Languages incl English, French, German, Spanish

Sugar Sense
Features Summary: Track BG, carbs, weight, insulin, exercise,; auto step counts; HbA1c estimation and tracking in mmol/l or Mg/dl; can sync with some fitness trackers and some smart glucose monitors; share with carers and HCPs
Languages: English

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4. Self-management APPS – IOS only

* Glucose Companion

* iBGSTAR

* Healthsome G for Glucose

 

Glucose Companion Free 
Features Summary: Basic tracker for BG and weight; share data with carer and HCPs
Languages: English

Healthsome G for Glucose 
Features Summary: Track BG, meal types, meds and weight; imperioal or metric measures; reminders; charts can be shared with carers and HCPs; add’l features if In-app purchses made
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean

iBGSTAR 
Features Summary: Track BG levels, carbs, insulin doses; stats and trend charts can be shared with HCP; can link to a portable BG meter via phone.
Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian

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5. Self-management APPS – Android only

* BG Monitor Diabetes

* EndoGoddess

* HelpDiabetes

* onTrack Diabetes

BG Monitor Diabetes
Features Summary: Set up input via CSV; calulates insulin and carb needs; graphs, charts; low BG warning; email data to carers and HCP; Basic is Free; upgrade for a fee
Languages: English [other translations in progress]

EndoGoddess
Features Summary: BG, carbs, insulin dosages; appt log; ‘to dos’; primarily for USA
Languages: English

HelpDiabetes
Features Summary: Carb counter with food database; can calculate amount of insulin needed based on variable carb/insulin ratios; tracks insulin, meds, sport a& other activities
Languages: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish [ANDROID, browser]

onTrack Diabetes 
Features Summary: Track BG, BP, exercise, food, meds, pulse, weight; reminders;  Imperial and metric nits for BG and A1c; graphs can be shared with HCP
Languages: English

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6. Carbs/Diet and Exercise APPS

[other than Beat Diabetes, all of these APPS are intended for wide general use]

* Calorie King®

* Carbs & Cals

* Figwee Portion

* Fooducate

* Beat Diabetes

* MyFitnessPal

* Strava

* Sworkit

Calorie King®
Features Summary: Calorie, fat, carb and protein counts for over 150,000 foods
Languages: English [IOS, ANDROID]

Carbs & Cals 
Features Summary: Count carbs and cals from a database of foods; build your own photo database; set personalized targets with BMI calculator
Languages: English [IOS, ANDROID]

Figwee Portion Explorer 
Features Summary: Visual calorie counter adjusted with an easy to use slider; nutrient database is US
Languages: English [IOS, ANDROID, browser]

Fooducate 
Features Summary: Get nutrtional info on foods; help users with diabetes to lose weight and manage diet; relies on smartphone camera to scan food product bar codes
Languages: English [IOS, ANDROID, browser]

Beat Diabetes
Features Summary: Lists 40 best and worst foods to control diabetes
Languages: English [ANDROID]

MyFitnessPal
Features Summary: web site provides links to featured APPS for fitness and activity trackers
Languages: English [IOS]

Strava 
Features Summary: Track your running and cycling; measure performance; connect and share with friends
Languages: English [IOS, ANDROID]

Sworkit 
Features Summary: personal fitness APP with workout plans
Languages: English [IOS, ANDROID]

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