There are several ways that you can use your phone to manage your diabetes. Regardless of what type of diabetes you have, there are apps and devices specifically designed to make tracking and maintaining your diabetes easier.
Mobile health hardware
While your phone cannot substitute for diabetic mobile health (mHealth) hardware, such as insulin delivery tools, it can act as a monitoring tool. Insulin delivery systems can be integrated with smartphones to monitor and track the user's condition, as well as allow more control over insulin pump therapy.
Before investing in any pumps, you should speak with your healthcare provider to see if this equipment is right for you. You will also want to ensure that the pump is compatible with your phone’s operating system. For instance, Insulet specifically collaborated with Samsung, whereas Dario is compatible with Apple iPhones.
Being able to monitor and control your pump from your phone can streamline the number of devices you need to carry. Since phones are such a huge part of modern life, chances are you’re less likely to forget to take them with you somewhere or forget to have them charged. These are just a few of the reasons why some people with diabetes are finding smartphone-controlled pumps appealing.
Diabetic mobile apps
mHealth apps allow you to control smartphone-compatible pumps, as well as monitor things like blood sugar and log symptoms. These can make managing diabetes, as well as any other comorbidities, much easier by condensing them all into one place.
Other general health and wellness apps are also useful when you’re counting calories, monitoring carbs or recording physical activity. Many phones come with a fitness app already installed, but there are several available for free on your compatible app store.
Wearable fitness devices, such as smartwatches, are also a great choice when you’re monitoring your general health. These devices can be tailored to your needs, which is especially helpful for coping with a chronic illness like diabetes.
These devices can typically be synced with your phone, making the data available no matter where you are. Being able to see how each different health metric fits together will give you a clearer picture of your overall health and help you take a more holistic approach to health and wellness management, instead of just targeting symptoms as they arise.