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Apps That Could Change Diabetes

Studies show that diabetes, ranging from prediabetes to full blown type 2, can be reversed with a healthy diet and exercise.

In our society, a big portion of our everyday diet consists of carbs and sugars. Over time, exceeding the recommended 225 grams of carbs per day can cause a condition called insulin resistance, AKA prediabetes.

TEDx talk at Purdue University cites that of the population, as high as 50% could have insulin resistance to some degree even if their glucose levels test normal. Dr. Hallberg, along with many others who performed their own studies, cites the success of reversing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes with a strict low carb and sugar diet.

There are apps that are not only designed to help you lose weight and manage what you eat, but specifically geared towards diabetics. There are different factors that you should take into account when trying to find the best app for you.

What to look for in an app

There are three main things that you’ll need in able to monitor — blood sugar levels, carb intake, and body weight — in order for the app to help you properly. These apps can remove the everyday hassle of remembering times and the math of each meal.

There are different categories of diabetes apps that help you keep up with the number of different things that affect diabetics. Some of these include:

  • General diabetes management apps
  • Carbohydrate counting apps
  • Logbook apps
  • Calorie counters
  • Diet apps

Some of these apps that made it 2017’s most popular apps list are:

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The Alexa Diabetes Challenge

The Alexa Diabetes Challenge is a competition that invites developers to be among the first to explore how voice-enabled technology can improve the experience of those who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The winner was announced October 2017 and it went to Sugarpod by Wellpepper. Sugarpod is a comprehensive diabetes care plan that provides tailored tasks based on patient preferences. It can deliver patient experiences via SMS, email, web, and mobile application… and through voice interfaces one day too.

With so much of diabetes management occurring in homes, Wellpepper saw that integrating voice was the next step in making the platform more convenient for patients.

The Wellpepper team prototyped a hardware device during the Virtual Accelerator phase of the Challenge. Foot problems such as ulcers are common diabetes complications, and the Sugarpod solution integrates with an Alexa-enabled scale and foot scanner to provide patients with a frictionless way to monitor potentially serious problems.

From apps to voice-enabled technology, there are constantly new ways for diabetics to manage their diets and keep their diabetes in check or reverse it all together.