iPhone Life magazine

Managing Diabetes with the Help of the iPhone

As an emergency medicine physician, I often see diabetic patients only when the chronic effects of the disease are presenting themselves. I would prefer to focus more on preventative care, and as anyone that deals with diabetes knows, that is the key to managing the disease and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Mobility is a key to managing the disease. Diabetics have to be able to monitor their glucose levels, select the proper foods, and make sure they get the exercise they need, wherever they are. Fortunately for iPhone and iPod touch users, the App Store has a number of apps that will help with these activities.

Diamedic (Diabetes Logbook)

DiamedicThis amazing app has several useful features that can help you better manage your diabetes. For example, it allows you to record your glucose readings, insulin injections, lab results, and exercise log. The information you log in is converted to a 30-day graph that is very useful for patients and physicians alike. DiamedicBased on the trends shown in the graph, patients will be able to see how well they are doing and quickly make adjustments to their medications and lifestyle. As a physician, I often see patients that forget to get insulin refills on time. This application also helps you track your insulin and lets you know when it's time to refill your pens or vials.

The app's interface is very simple and easy to use. It includes a backup option so you'll never lose your data. Finally, it allows the user to e-mail a log of their glucose levels to their physician. The inclusion of all these features in one app makes Diamedic one of the better titles in this category.

Diamedic (Diabetes Logbook)

WaveSense Diabetes Manager

WaveSense Diabetes Manager lets you record glucose results, insulin, and carbohydrates on your iPhone or iPod touch. The Log Book feature displays low and high glucose levels as color coded data points, making it easier to follow trends in low glucose. It also includes trend charts that give you a quick look at your glucose ranges. In addition, the app allows you to e-mail your glucose numbers to your physician.

WaveSense also offers a device that measures glucose (glucometer) and allows the user to send the data to a blood glucose database on your home computer via Bluetooth. This feature is not available for the iPhone; you have to transfer the information by hand. It would be great if they incorporated that capability in a future glucometer.

WaveSense Diabetes Manager

Pocket A1c

This simple app converts A1c percentages into glucose values a patient with diabetes is familiar with. The glucose value it gives represents the average glucose for the last three months.

Pocket A1c

Food Exchange List

It is important for diabetics to keep up with their diet and obtain the right mixture of calories from carbohydrates and other nutrients. The goal is to get the highest yield of nutrients with the lowest amount of calories, and to do this, you need to be able to exchange different foods within a food group. Food Exchange List comes preloaded with hundreds of foods with diabetic exchange values. The food list is not comprehensive, but it is a good start. Fortunately, you can edit the list and add new foods to it.

Food Exchange List