The 10 Best Apps for Diabetes Management

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One of the most important factors when choosing an app for diabetes management is your goals, for example you might want to:

While all of these are important, your doctor or diabetes educator can help you determine which goals are most important for your care. Then, you can look for apps that address your specific needs. Continue reading to find out about some of the apps available.


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In case of emergency

Available for Apple and Android

The health app that is standard in iPhones allows you to set a medical ID alert on your phone when locked which can alert emergency medical technicians to your condition. Launch the Health app, click on Medical ID then Edit and toggle on the Show When Locked switch. For Android users, you will need to download an app, such as Medical ID: In Case of Emergency, from Google Play.


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GoMeals

Cost: Free

Available for Apple and Android

GoMeals helps you track carbohydrates throughout the day. It includes over 40,000 ingredients and 20,000 restaurant menu items to choose from. You can even use the app to customize recipes to create more diabetes-friendly meals. It can also track your exercise and blood sugar and can be synced across multiple devices.


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MyFitness Pal

Cost: Free with ability to add subscription for $9.99 per month or $49.99 per year

Available for Apple and Android

Another app that helps track your daily intake of carbohydrates has a food and menu items database. It also has a bar code scanner that gives you the opportunity to scan foods at the grocery store or in your cabinets to decide if they are right for you. It includes an exercise tracker that can sync with many exercise tracking devices or you can log in your physical activity. There is a free version but also has a subscription service for additional features.


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mySugr

Cost: Free with in-app upgrades available

Available for Apple and Android

This app syncs with Accu-Check glucose meters to give you an estimated hemoglobin A1C but can also be used to track glucose levels, meds, meals and carb intake based on your input. For Apple users, it syncs with Apple Health for information on physical activity and steps.


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Health2Sync

Cost: Free with in-app upgrades available

Available for Apple and Android

This app allows you to track your blood glucose values, either by manually inputting them or using their special cable (additional cost) to upload them from your glucometer. You can add notes to each entry to include medication, exercise, meals, and mood. You can use the app to track other readings, such as blood pressure, weight, and A1C.


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Diabetes Connect

Cost: Free with in-app upgrades available

Available for Apple and Android

Use this app to record blood sugar, meals, insulin and medications. A nice feature of this app is the ability to turn off a category you don’t need to track to keep the data clean and relevant to your situation. The app provides graphs and reports to help you track trends and can sync across multiple devices.


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BlueStar Diabetes

Cost: Free with prescription

Available for Apple and Android

This FDA-approved medical app is available only by prescription. It provides real-time coaching and personalized guidance on blood glucose, medications, and lifestyle choices. It is for people with type 2 diabetes only and is free. You will need an access code which you can get from an authorized health care provider.


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Glooko

Cost: Free when sponsored by doctor or insurance company, $5.00 per month if using on your own

Available for Apple and Android

This app monitors medications, carbohydrates, and lifestyle factors and gives you an overview of how these factors affect your blood glucose levels. It syncs with most blood glucose meters, insulin pumps, and continuous glucose meters. You can also share your data with your doctor via email or fax.


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Diabetes Tracker by MyNetDiary

Cost: $9.99

Available for Apple and Android

A comprehensive diabetes app for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It allows you to track exercise, food, water intake, weight, A1C, cholesterol, and carbohydrates. There are analytical tools to help you understand and control diabetes and virtual coaching to keep you on track.


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Diabetes:M

Cost: Free with in-app upgrades available

Available for Apple and Android

Track glucose levels, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, calories, and insulin and get detailed reports and charts to help you manage your diabetes. You can find trends in glucose levels and calculate insulin boluses daily. You can import data from some glucometers and insulin pumps and it syncs with many different health apps.