Do Smartphone Apps for Diabetes Work?
For patients with diabetes, there are frequently a large number of variables to keep in mind; blood-glucose levels must be monitored using products such as the Freestyle diabetes test or the Prodigy auto code system, and depending on the type of diabetes and the severity, medicines ranging from pills to increase insulin sensitivity and insulin itself must be taken. One of the ways that diabetics have traditionally been encouraged to keep track of all of their treatment information in one place is through the use of diabetes log books. A diabetic log book is commonly available from most diabetic supply companies, and includes spaces for recording blood glucose levels, exercise, meals, and medicine dosage throughout the day. While this method is tried-and-true, with individuals increasingly turning to smart phones and other mobile devices as conveniences, a number of applications for diabetes care have sprung up. The question that is on the minds of doctors and patients both, however, is: do they work?
The jury is still out, unfortunately. Some apps, according to patients and doctors, work better than others; in the meantime, the common consensus is that there isn’t an app that is perfect—which is to be expected, considering the technology around such apps is in its infancy still. Managing diabetes requires time, memory, and math skills, and the apps that are available—both free and paid—can provide some help to diabetics, if used properly. Of course, there isn’t an app that can check your blood sugar for you as yet; therefore, diabetics must still use their Prodigy auto code or their Freestyle diabetes test, or whichever testing system they feel most comfortable with. And the apps also cannot administer medicine. However, some of the apps available are looking to take the place of the diabetes log books that many patients have traditionally carried around, and in this they may be on the road to success.
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