By Christina DesMarais, Techlicious.com
With the American Diabetes Association citing 25.8 million children and adults in the United States diagnosed with diabetes and another 79 million people considered prediabetic (meaning they meet some of the criteria for having diabetes), chances are you or someone you know lives with the disease. Several apps are available that can help manage diabetes by tracking things like blood glucose levels, insulin dosages, weight, carbohydrate intake, exercise and more. Here are the best free apps for iPhone and Android devices.
dLife Diabetes Companion
Full of rich content from dLife.com and dLifeTV, dLife Diabetes Companion for iOS is packed with Q&As and videos on virtually any subject involving diabetes that you can imagine, including a food search and recipe database, as well as a robust area for tracking things that can be viewed using a variety of reports which can be emailed to anyone. Free on iTunes.
This aptly named Android app is highly rated by users because it allows them to track typical diabetes measurements as well as blood pressure and pulse. You can also make multiple entries simultaneously and export data to share with others. Free on Android Market.
Like other iOS apps mentioned here, this very popular option lets users log various measures but also allows them to sync their logs to glucosebuddy.com where they can view data history for free. It also integrates with Calorie Track (free on iTunes) for faster logging of food intake and exercise. Free on iTunes.
Diabetes Buddy Lite
This iOS app adds water intake to the long list of metrics it lets users record, has a clean look, integrates with Twitter, and gives the option of keeping data safe with a passcode. Users consistently give Diabetes Buddy five-star reviews. Free on iTunes.
This Android app also lets users log a long list of measurements including HbA1c, a hemoglobin that measures blood glucose over time. Glucool displays data in easy-to-read reports that reflect stats at a glance, as well as advanced graphs and charts that show the evolution of blood glucose values. Users can send summaries to others. Free on Android Market.
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