Diabetes Applications for the iPhone

Manny Hernandez Health Guide January 07, 2009
  • The iPhone has become the darling of the mobile world since it came out. It became even more popular as third-party applications started becoming available to iPhone users. Healthcare was one of the areas where apps were developed and diabetes management has started taking on an Apple-like look since then.

    In this article I briefly discuss the five best diabetes management applications currently available for iPhone and iPod Touch users. All of them offer in one way or another a gorgeous user interface that many of us wish we could see in our glucose meters. Many of them offer analysis and graphing tools to help you make sense of the data. None of them let you pull data automatically from your meter (not their fault really…) so there is still some manual data entry to be done.


    Glucose Buddy, developed by OneAppOneCause

    URL: http://www.oneapponecause.com
    Average rating from users on App Store: 4 stars
    Reviews: 16

    Price: $5.99 (currently offered for free)

    The application lets you enter and analyze statistics for glucose, medicine and food values. You can also enter activity values. Glucose graphs and emailing of the entries are also available. They also offer a more limited Glucose Buddy Lite version.

    Diabetes Log, developed by Chris Ross
    URL: http://www.distal.com/diabeteslog/index.html
    Reviews: 88
    Average rating from users on App Store: 3 stars
    Price: Free

    The application has been around a bit longer than Glucose Buddy. It offers most of the same features but what’s most unique about it is support for multiple languages besides English: Dutch, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

    Islet 2.0, developed by iAbetics
    URL: http://www.iabetics.com 
    Reviews: 4
    Average rating from users on App Store: 4.5 stars
    Price: $2.99 (currently on sale for $0.99)

    Islet 2.0 lets you enter glucose, insulin, food and exercise data. It lets you backdate and email CSV files. It offers graphs with high, average and low values on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly. It's a fairly new application but it shows a lot of promise.

    Glucose-Charter, developed by Dr. Lee Konowe

    URL: http://glucose-charter.com
    Reviews: 55
    Average rating from users on App Store: 3 stars
    Price: $0.99

    Their web site looks very scary, but the application is as slick as you would expect for an iPhone app. They complement their blood glucose recording tool with a food database to assist you in your dietary choices.

    Diamedic, developed by Martoon
    URL: http://www.martoon.com/diamedic/
    Reviews: 30
    Average rating from users on App Store: 3.5 stars
    Price: $5.99

    Diamedic Diabetes Logbook lets you record every glucose reading and insulin injection. Even though it's not too expensive, at $5.99 it seems unnecessarily pricier compared to the other applications.


    Next month, I will be reviewing a few of the options currently available on the web to help you track and analyze your diabetes data. In the meantime, feel free to contribute to some of the discussions about iPhone application development for diabetes.