There are many mobile apps available to help people manage diabetes. Many of them seem to have similar features and functions – how do you know what to trust?
We had the same question. That’s why we enlisted the help of Doctorpedia’s Chief Medical Content Officer Dr. Alexandra Kreps to help us review these apps from a clinician’s perspective.
We asked Dr. Kreps to review the apps based on Doctorpedia’s comprehensive set of criteria, designed to fully encapsulate the quality of the app. These apps are rated on a scale of 1-10, where each aspect of the app has a separate rating. Categories that make up the total rating include Effectiveness, Functionality, Design, User-friendliness/Ease of use, and Credibility.
The Effectiveness category evaluates the effectiveness of the app; how well it does what it’s advertised to do.
The Functionality category evaluates the functions of the app; how many features it offers to the user.
The Design category evaluates the app’s design; how visually pleasing it is to the user.
The User-friendliness / Ease of use category evaluates how easy the app is to use; if it’s comprehensible or difficult to navigate.
The Credibility category evaluates the credibility of the app’s content; do its features have any scientific basis?
And finally, the Total Score category rates the app based on the combined rating of all the other categories.
In the chart below, you can see the scores for each of the apps arranged in order of their overall performance. Below the chart, we’ll give a more detailed overview of each of the apps, provide notes that Dr. Kreps left, and provide you with links to download them if you’re interested in using them.
MySugr is the top diabetes app for Android and iOS. Why do users choose MySugr over other diabetes apps? Well, other apps may offer a few useful features here and there, but very few of them have what MySugr has. The app has been featured by Healthline, Forbes, TechCrunch and the Washington Post, and has over 37,000 reviews on the Google Play Store.
The main selling point of MySugr is that it contains virtually everything you need to manage your diabetes efficiently. For starters, you’ve got a blood sugar tracker, which allows you to log and track your blood sugar over time. Add in a carb logger, enabling you to keep track of your carbohydrate intake and find out how certain foods affect your blood sugar levels. Additionally, the insulin calculator function lets you calculate how much insulin you’ll need for each meal. And the last main feature of MySugr is the A1C calculator, which gives you a picture of your average blood sugars over the course of a few months.
But in addition to these four main features, MySugr offers a lot more. You can log your meals and medications as well as blood sugar and carb intake, and view all this data on a personalized dashboard. After giving the app a sufficient amount of data, you will be able to receive a medical analysis – daily, weekly or monthly. Everything logged in the app can be exported as a report and sent to your doctor. And of course, your data can be backed up securely so you don’t lose it.
Finally, MySugr is completely free to use, with a pro option available for advanced users. But the free version doesn’t lack features in the slightest. There’s a reason it’s the #1 app for Android devices and the #28 app for iPhones. After downloading MySugr, you may never have to install another diabetes management app again.
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2. OneTouch Reveal
OneTouch Reveal is an app that syncs with your OneTouch Verio Flex® blood sugar monitor to track your blood sugar over time. It is the #1 downloaded diabetes app in the United States, helping over 1 million people take control of their diabetes.
With OneTouch Reveal, you can conveniently view all your data in one place and observe trends in blood sugar and A1C level over time. There’s no need for you to manually transcribe your blood sugar statistics anymore, since all of it is automatically sent to the app. The OneTouch Reveal app can also sync with Apple Health, allowing you to build a custom workout or diet plan with your blood sugars in mind.
If you’ve been experiencing high or low blood sugars too often recently, the app will log the trend and send you a notification so you can be better informed. Once the app has enough data to work with, you’ll also be able to see a timeline of your past blood sugars, with highs and lows highlighted. If you haven’t been on top of your blood sugar lately, use the Goal Tracking feature to set goals and work towards them. The next time you see your doctor, you can show them summaries of your blood sugars from the last 14, 30, or 90 days.
OneTouch Reveal has over 44,000 reviews on the App Store, and most of them are positive, as the overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 stars. For those with the OneTouch Verio Flex® monitor, the app is a must-have.
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3. Glucose Buddy
Glucose Buddy is a top-rated diabetes management app for iOS and Android. It is ranked as the #1 Diabetes iPhone Application by Manny Hernandez, founder of TuDiabetes.com, and has been featured by numerous news sites and publications including American Diabetes Association’s Forecast Magazine, NYTimes, Wired Magazine, DiabetesMine.com, MedGadget.com, Mendosa.com, Diabetes Health Magazine, JDRF Newsletters, and more.
Glucose Buddy is a powerful app with a beautiful, comprehensive user interface. Features include easy blood sugar logging, the ability to track trends in blood sugar, insulin, weight, and more, a 12-week education plan to help you learn more about your diabetes, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. More features include Meal IQ –a feature to help you make better food choices, the ability to view and track changes in your blood sugar on an hourly basis, an automatic cardio tracker, and much more. Glucose Buddy takes virtually all of the features from every diabetes management tool and includes them in one single app.
And there’s more: The app can be synced with Dexcom glucose monitoring devices and Apple Health.
A premium subscription is available for $14.99 a month or $39.99 a year, which unlocks an array of new features like an A1C calculator, advanced graphing capabilities, and access to other health-related apps such as Fitness Buddy and Calorie Mama.
Users of Glucose Buddy seem to be overwhelmingly pleased with what it has to offer, as the app has over 15,000 reviews in total and a 4.8 out of 5 star rating overall. The app ranks #69 in the Medical category on the App Store.
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4. ADA Standards of Care
ADA Standards of Care is an app developed by the American Diabetes Association which provides an archive of information about diabetes. It is targeted towards healthcare professionals, clinicians, dieticians, and educators, however patients are encouraged to do their own research on the subject of diabetes as well.
The Standards of Care (SOC) app contains all you need to know about treating and managing diabetes. Main sections include SOC Tools, General Information, Improving Care and Promoting Health in Populations, Classification and Diagnosis of Diabetes, and Prevention or Delay of Type 2 Diabetes. When you enter one of these sections, you’ll find an extensive list of sub-sections containing the relevant data. There’s also a search bar in case you’re looking for something specific.
The app is maintained well, and updated whenever new diabetes guidelines are released, multiple times per year. The design and functionality are nothing special, but the app contains everything you need to know about diabetes, and due to it being developed by the American Diabetes Association, it earns a 10 on the credibility scale. And since it’s updated frequently, you can be sure that you always have the most up-to-date info on diabetes.
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The Dario app is a digital companion to the Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring System, a smart blood sugar monitor that pairs with your mobile phone. The monitor makes it easy to test your blood sugar and send the results to your mobile device.
Instead of writing down your blood sugar levels in a log manually, the Dario app receives your glucose levels directly from your monitor and logs them in the app. The results are recorded in a digital logbook of sorts, and you can view trends in blood sugar over time, complete with charts and insights. Based on these trends, you can adjust your lifestyle accordingly. However, the app does much of this for you. For example, before eating a meal, you simply tell the app what foods you’re about to eat and it calculates the number of carbohydrates in your meal. Over time, you’ll be able to notice patterns between the food you eat and your blood sugar level.
The Dario app also helps you keep track of exercise. Record your physical activity and the app will add it to the digital logbook, so you can make sure that all factors that influence your blood sugar are present.
The app meets FDA guidelines for accuracy, so you can be assured that the results from your blood sugar monitor are trustworthy. Additionally, the app is #132 in the Medical category on the App Store, with a 4.9 out of 5 star rating and almost 10,000 reviews. The majority of users find the app to be more than satisfactory for them.
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Fooducate is a nutrition and health tracking app that aims to help you lose weight. It is a very popular choice for those looking to eat healthier and drop a few pounds. According to the Fooducate App Store listing, it has helped millions of people lose weight and improve their health since 2010. It has also made the “Apple’s Best” list of the iPhone Health & Fitness category.
Fooducate allows you to track your food intake and physical activity, count calories, protein, fats and carbs, sleep, mood, and hunger levels, and much more. It does all this in a simple, pleasant, easy-to-navigate user interface. Based on the data you enter, you’ll be able to see charts and insights of your food intake over time. The app comes with a food database, where you can scan hundreds of thousands of barcodes for different food products. For each food product, you can see its nutrition grade (A, B, or C on the scale), and based on your barcode scan, the app will give you suggestions for healthier choices in the future. After each scan, Fooducate will let you know if there’s anything you don’t want in your food, such as added sugars, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and more.
Additionally, Fooducate has a large health and wellness community within the app itself, where you can talk to people with similar health goals. Nutrition professionals also frequent the community to share health, diet, and weight loss tips.
The app can be personalized for age, gender, weight, height, and activity level, among many more factors. To unlock the full list of factors, you will have to purchase a premium subscription, details of which can be found in the app. Fooducate has over 50,000 reviews and an average 4.7 out of 5 star rating.
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7. iHealth GlucoSmart
iHealth GlucoSmart is a companion app to the iHealth Smart Glucose Monitoring device or iHealth Align meter. Linking the app to your smart glucose monitor saves you time by automating various tasks in the app itself, like logging blood sugar levels.
The app automatically records your test results after you check your blood sugar using a compatible monitor. It then adds them to a digital logbook. The data is added to a graph, which allows you to view a 7-day record of your blood sugars, including a weekly average. You can also view trends in blood sugar, making it easy to view your highs and lows and make appropriate lifestyle changes. All of your data can be uploaded to the cloud as well, so you don’t have to worry about losing anything.
iHealth GlucoSmart is a relatively popular choice for Android users, with over 670 reviews on the Google Play Store. It only has a 3 out of 5 star average – the developers released a new update recently which broke functionality for many users. However, prior to the update, the app seemed to work just fine.
Overall, the app is worth checking out, but keep in mind that it may not work at all for some devices. There are certainly better choices out there if you’re looking for a companion app to your smart glucose monitor.
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The Contour Diabetes app is a digital companion to your Contour Next One blood glucose monitor. The app syncs with your monitor to give you detailed insights on your blood sugar.
In the app, you’re able to view and identify patterns in blood glucose over time, to find the potential causes of high or low blood sugars. Additionally, you can record events such as other medications you’re taking, activities, and diet, to further pinpoint causes of undesirable blood sugar. There’s also an option to record your insulin doses and carb intake.
If you are preparing for an upcoming meeting with a healthcare professional, you’re able to view and share a complete report of your logged data, and present the data to them in its entirety. Furthermore, the Contour Diabetes app is also connected to Apple Health for more advanced users.
The app ranks #188 in the Medical category on the App Store, and it has an average 2.6 out of 5 star rating, so it’s not the most popular choice for diabetics. Many users report problems with the app. So if you are looking for a smart blood glucose monitor that syncs with a smartphone app, Contour Diabetes may not be your first choice.
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9. Diabetes Pilot Pro
Diabetes Pilot Pro is a diabetes management app developed by diabetes professionals. It’s been around for a few years and has mostly positive reviews. The app is packed with a number of features to help you get your diabetes under control.
First of all, Diabetes Pilot connects with Apple Health to share your glucose readings with other diabetes management apps. The main feature of the app is the ability to create reports consisting of your blood glucose data, weight, medication, food eaten, and more. These reports can be printed out, emailed, or shared with your doctor or anyone else. In each report, you have the option to scan the barcode of the food product you’re eating and you’ll be able to view the complete nutritional information. Diabetes Pilot will use this data to estimate your insulin dosage for each meal, helping you to eliminate high blood sugars. The app will also estimate A1C over time. Besides insulin, Diabetes Pilot is also able to log and track other medications that you’re taking.
The app is free to use, but if you’d like to unlock the full functionality, you’ll have to purchase a monthly subscription for $1.99. Users who are on the fence about the subscription can try out the full app for a week before they decide to purchase it. Diabetes Pilot is also available for Windows and Mac systems.
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Alexandra Kreps, MD
Chief Medical Content Officer
Dr. Kreps is a board certified physician and native New Yorker who loves yoga, traveling and cooking. She received a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University and graduated cum laude from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Internal Medicine. She currently works as a primary care physician and is an affiliate of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. She has a deep passion for internal medicine and delivering the best, most comprehensive care possible.