Health

Four diabetes apps to try today!

A diabetes expert reveals her favourite diabetes management apps
Getty Images

Diabetes educator Dr Kate Marsh gives you the lowdown on some of her top diabetes management apps… 

Accu-Chek Connect

Cost: Free on the App Store or Google Play. Great for those with type 1, link this app to the Accu-Chek Aviva Connect blood glucose meter, then when you check your blood glucose levels (BGLs), the results are transferred wirelessly to the app. You can then:

  • Use the bolus advisor to help calculate insulin doses (this needs to be set up by your doctor or diabetes educator).
  • Record your food intake and exercise.
  • Create an Accu-Chek Connect online portal account to review data and generate reports 
    to share with others.

Diabetes Australia App

Cost: Free on the App Store or Google Play. Want to know the location of your nearest healthcare provider? Looking for the latest diabetes research? It’s all a tap away with Diabetes Australia’s free app. It also includes:

  • News/health articles.
  • Information about when to see your healthcare professionals.
  • Diabetes-friendly tasty recipes.
  • A 30-minute yoga class by Diabetes Australia ambassador Sammy Veall.
  • An Australia-wide events directory of programs and services available in your area.

Australian Carb Counter ­ The Traffic Light Guide to Food

Cost: $9.99 on the App Store or Google Play. This handy app can help you count carbs more easily and efficiently. It features:

  • More than 2000 foods in 17 categories.
  • Well-known Australian brands, restaurant, takeaway and fast foods.
  • The ability to calculate the total carb content of your meal.
  • The option of measuring carbs in grams, exchanges (10g) or portions (15g).
  • The option of using predefined portion sizes or entering the precise gram amount. 

MedicineList+

Cost: Free on the App Store or Google Play. Developed by NPS MedicineWise, this app can help you stay on track with your medication intake by:

  • Reminding you how and when you need to take your meds.
  • Helping everyone involved in your health care to know which medicines you use so they can be checked and reviewed.
  • Editing, updating and printing a list of your medicines.
  • Setting calendar alerts for refilling prescriptions.
  • Providing vital information about your medicines in an emergency situation

Related stories