article by Marisa D. Aceves
Having diabetes is an unwelcome challenge you wish you could erase forever or paint away. Never mind, art supplies, your treatment is expensive. What will you do during a pandemic to preserve your budget and address the threat of this constant intruder? Improve your diet and organize your medical needs with these seven free diabetes management apps. Because everyone knows you’d rather be in the studio.
1. Glucose Buddy
Cost: Basic Plan Free and Paid Premium Plan $5.00 per month or $59.00 per year
Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.0 or later available in App Store with iPhone and Android 5.0 and up available in Google Play Store
Rating: 4.8/5 in Apple Store 4.0/5 in Google Play Store
English, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian BokmÃ¥l, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Company: Azumio, Inc.
This award-winning app provides the tools you need for your diabetes management all in one place.
You can calculate your blood sugar, insulin medication, and diet as well as evaluate your overall health with a daily progress report.
Glucose Buddy makes it possible for you to gain access to your records from all of your mobile and desktop devices.
If you need extra support and motivation to stay on track, it automatically links you with a large community of people determined to live a healthy lifestyle.
Cost: Free Membership, 1-Month Premium Membership, 3-Month Premium Membership, and 6-Month Premium Membership
Platform: Apple only
Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.0 or later. Use on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch – app available for iPhone, but not Android.
Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store
Languages: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Company: H2, Inc.
*Family Sharing available for this app. 6 family members can use the app.
Health2Sync claims to aid diabetes management by making monitoring blood sugar more meaningful.
Detailed records on your blood glucose, blood pressure, weight, activeness, personal notes, and photos provide a holistic approach to treatment.
You can also upload many glucose records all at once.
The ability to data sync to different compatible mobile devices is a handy feature that helps you take control of your health.
Partner Care links you to family, friends, and supportive individuals to encourage you.
Personalized Care sends you daily reminders and helpful information on dietary adjustments.
Cost: Free and Pro Plans
Pro Plan is $2.99/month or $27.99 a year
Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.4 or later, available in the Apple Store for iPhone only, Android 5.0 and up,
Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store, 4.6/5 Google Play
English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian BokmÃ¥l, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Company: mySugr GmbH
With over 2 million users worldwide, the creators of the MySugar app understand your questions and concerns because they also have diabetes.
Included in their many features are diabetes coaching, dietary information, helpful tips, exercise advice, blood sugar, food tracking, and medication records.
Encouraging challenges and advice guide you to strive for better health.
In its basic form, MySugr is a free app, but if you wish to access more of its useful features, like blood glucose reminders, PDF or Excel reports, and insulin calculator, $2.99 a month is less than your favorite Starbucks coffee drink.
4. OneTouch Reveal
Compatibility: Apple iOS 11.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone and iPad exclusively and Android 5.0 and up
Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store, 4.1/5 in Google Play
Languages: English, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Company: LifeScan, Inc.
Touted as the most downloaded diabetes app worldwide in 2019, One Touch Reveal helps more than a million people take control of their diabetes.
It syncs effortlessly with the Verio Reflect meter and the Verio Flex meter to simplify your blood sugar tracking.
Another innovative feature, Colorsure Technology, monitors your blood sugar patterns.
Also, the apps Blood Sugar Mentor helps you to understand your glucose results and the necessary steps you need to take to improve your health.
The A1C Comparator allows you to compare your lab results with your blood sugar average for the last 90 days.
5. Diabetes M
Cost: Basic Plan – Free Plan, Premium Plan -$2.99 a month or 49.99 per year
Compatibility: Apple – iOS 9, WatchOS 3.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, and Android -5.0 and up
Rating: 4.6/5 in Apple Store 4.5/5 in Google Play
Languages: English, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Company: Sirma Medical Systems JSC
The Diabetes M app looks after all of your diabetes needs.
Its’ handy, cleanly designed Logbook allows you to catalog glucose readings, daily carbohydrate intake, and insulin treatments. One of the apps’ most novel features is its’ ability to track the areas of your body where you inject insulin and the places on your fingers where you test blood sugar levels.
Detailed charts and graphs give you insight into the meaning of your data.
Cost: Basic Plan – Free,
Compatibility: iOS 10.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone and Android 7.0 and up
Rating: 4.9/5 in Apple Store, 4.3/5 in Google Play
Languages: English, Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Malay, Norwegian BokmÃ¥l, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese
Company: LabStyle Innovation LTD
If you’re pressed for time and hate unnecessary distractions, you’ll love Dario. Its’ convenient, lightweight meter easily attaches to your phone.
In addition to being a diabetes tracker, you can use it in conjunction with the Dario Blood Pressure Monitoring System. Measuring your blood sugar level and blood pressure has never been easier.
Gain valuable insights into food choices and activities that will boost your health. Periodic encouragement helps motivate you to stick to your goals.
Share your up-to-date diabetic measurements with your family and physicians by tapping the share button and choosing a contact.
7. GLog: Glucose Logbook
Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or later, available in-app store for use with iPhone and iPad and Android 5.0 and up
Rating: 4.7/5 in Apple Store, 4.4/5 in Google Play
Company: Stella Domus, LLC
From blood sugar levels to blood pressure, Glucose Logbook easily tracks your diabetes measurements.
With helpful daily, weekly, and monthly charts, you can stay on top of your health needs.
You can even email detailed Excel or CVS reports of your progress to your physician or health care provider, export your information to iOS files, iTunes, another application, or your Mac by AirDrop.
Glog’s simple, user-friendly interface makes it the perfect choice for non-techies and busy people.
While diabetes trackers are not for everyone, they can save you time, money, and hours of frustration. Free Basic Plans introduce you to useful tools for diabetes management you may not have considered. Give one a try and discover their benefits for yourself.