Helpful iOS Apps for Diabetes

I’ve been thinking about iPod/iPhone/iPad apps for good reason lately. My research into how to write such an app of my own continues apace, and I’ve contemplating exactly what I can make it do.

I’ve also been thinking thinking about the apps I have now that I find useful for diabetes. To be perfectly honest, none of them are the typical journaling apps. I downloaded a few, used a couple, but stuck with none. Journaling just takes too much time and/or sustained attention. You either stick with it and get a lot of use out of it, or you have a life. I’m trying not to make that same mistake with my own app. Let the machines collect the data, I say. We’ll use our brains to make decisions based on their hard work. Thinking, that’s our proper role.

Anyway, what apps do I have on my iPod Touch (a.k.a., cheapo iPhone) that help me with my diabetes?

  • Tap & Track: Calorie Tracker ($3.99) — It has a ridiculous amount of foods in its onboard database, including loads of restaurants and name-brand packaged foods. No network connection required. Easily access things you eat regularly. Get details about your own recipes. A bargain at twice the price.
  • Twitter (Free) — Gotta keep in touch with my diabetes online community.
  • Things ($9.99) — This GTD app is a bit pricey, but it’s the best I’ve found. Among other things, I use it to keep track of my diabetes and health-related projects and tasks. I can set it to remind me to get my A1c drawn months in the future, when it’s actually relevant. It reminded me to “write that weblog entry about iPod apps” before DSMA. Oh, and since I made a recurring task to take my vitamins, I’ve gotten much better at doing that. I like checking things off a To-Do list. :^)
  • Due ($2.99) — I try to bolus for breakie 15 minutes before I eat. This little reminder app has reminded me more than once that it’s finally time to stop working and go eat that cereal.
  • Reeder ($2.99) — This RSS aggregator hooks up to Google Reader and helps me keep up to date with all y’all’s weblogs. (Thanks to Pearlsa for recommending this.)
  • iBooks (Free) — I keep my running plan that I built on a running web site in a PDF here, along with a few exercisey things that I scanned from magazines. (What I really want is a tear-sheet app, but until then . . .)

So what am I missing? What do you use? Please leave a comment!

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6 Responses to Helpful iOS Apps for Diabetes

  1. Mark Harmel says:

    Try Evernote for your tear sheet app. You need to clip from a laptop or desktop machine (or at least Ido), but it synchs with all devices and becomes my web clip file.

  2. Simon says:

    Hey Jeff
    I haven’t really got any apps to add of my own but as a recent iPod(er) am always interested in what others are using. I consider Tweetdeck and iBooks my two favourite apps.

  3. Pearlsa says:

    Due seems like a perfect app for just what you are using it for. I am getting this app to use for when I eat breakfast at my desk. I sometimes forget to eat after I bolus.

  4. Jacquie says:

    I just downloaded Diabetes Buddy, but now I feel guilty because the thing cost $5 and all I’ve used it for is looking up carbs.

    I love the fact that you incorporated “all y’all” into a blog post. It’s one of my favorite phrases. :)

  5. JDR says:

    Best app for PWD’s has to be Carbs & Cals – not free but a Godsend for those counting Carbs (and/or Cals).

    Then why not use EndoMondo to track your exercise and last but not least, gather your thoughts into text using Dragon Dictation – amazing and free !


  6. Amy says:

    Healthcare related SW/apps, and medical informatics is a very hot topic in the larger usability and UX field right now.

    This is likely to be a very good local conference about designing technology for healthcare:

    Our own local Bentley University has a class has a class in the MS HFID program in which students design a system to help with a long-term health maintenance concern.

    I also met lots of interesting folks at Georgia Tech who are building mobile apps for healthcare and other interesting things.

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