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Type 1 Diabetes Management App?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Olliej96, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. Olliej96

    Olliej96 · Newbie

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    Hey guys I’m new around here, and I was wondering what the best app for recording my glucose results is that people are using?
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    mySugr, it's free. After a few days of data it gives an estimated HbA1c.
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Tagging @daisy1 for the welcome pack.
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    dazwalshe Type 1 · Active Member

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    the best app by a country mile on android is "Diabetes:M" brilliant multi functioning app....

    This also now has tracking for the freestyle libre built in... exercise, meals... estimated HBA1C -
     
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    #5 dazwalshe, Sep 18, 2018 at 8:26 PM
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    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    MySugr is great
     
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    db89 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    MySugr has the best feature set for me if you can look past the annoying cartoon monster it has built in. Allows copious different options when creating records and will give an estimated A1c over time.

    One Drop was also decent when I used it before switching.
     
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @Olliej96

    Hello Ollie and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. Ask as many questions as you like and someone will help.

    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you'll find well over 235,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.

    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:
    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:
    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic.

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
    Take part in Diabetes.co.uk digital education programs and improve your understanding. Most of these are free.

    • Low Carb Program - it's made front-page news of the New Scientist and The Times. Developed with 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes; 96% of people who take part recommend it... find out why

    • Hypo Program - improve your understanding of hypos. There's a version for people with diabetes, parents/guardians of children with type 1, children with type 1 diabetes, teachers and HCPs.
     
  9. xfieldok

    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My love for mySugr definitely increased when I found how to turn off the sound of the monster in settings. Probably great for kids.
     
  10. SamJB

    SamJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Good question, as I'm after some answers too! I'm after a logging app that can replace my spreadsheet, are there any out there that..
    1. Are iPhone compatible
    2. Can log pre & post meal readings
    3. Can log pre & post exercise readings
    4. Can log meal-time carbs
    5. Can log bolus in terms of 0.5 units
    6. Can log basal
    7. Optional - calculate carb:insulin ratios
    8. Optional - can calculate insulin on board
     
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  11. Knikki

    Knikki · Guest

    @SamJB have a look at the mySugr app it sounds like it will cover most of what you want, I do like the various icons that can be used.

    I think that the Diabetese.M will do similar but I just could not get on with it.

    Both free to download :)
     
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  12. xfieldok

    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    mySugr has a bolus advisor but I don't use insulin so no idea really. Download a selection of apps and see what works for you. With mySugr you can add in a week's worth of data from your spreadsheet to get your estimated HbA1c. Just edit the dates and times.
     
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    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Also works for iOS. It's a good all rounder, comprehensive, predictive HbA1c, IOB. Do take a look.
    I couldn't get on with MySugr.
     
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    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think Diabetes:M covers most of those. I don't use all of it due to being on semi-fixed doses of NovoRapid (+Lantus.) www.diabetes-m.com

    Edit - website
     
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    LooperCat Type 1 · Expert

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    MySugr does all that with the addition of a bolus calculator.
     
  16. dazwalshe

    dazwalshe Type 1 · Active Member

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    Diabetes:M does all of these things you mention and more. take a look at it... you really wont be disappointed... also syncs with fitbit etc should you want to add in all the aspects ic handle.. has a calculator for dosing, IoB... everything..
     
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  17. SamJB

    SamJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Cheers, guys. I’ve been using mySugr today and I’m impressed with it so far. I’m slightly irritated with the monster and the concept of points, but I’m sure I’ll get over it! I’d like a dynamic carb:insulin ratio calculator too.

    I’ll have a go at Diabetes:M tomorrow
     
  18. db89

    db89 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean one which accepts different ratios for different times of the day as MySugr does this in the Bolus Calculator and is one of the most precise I've found allowing a change every half hour.
     
  19. SamJB

    SamJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    More like a running calculation, that looks at my latest carb intake and before and after BG readings, then tells me what my carb:insulin ratio is. Rather than me having to work it out for myself.
     
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