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Diabetes Apps Increase User Engagement But Should Be Doing Just The Opposite

People with diabetes increasingly turn to smartphone apps to help them manage their condition, and people like my son, a young adult who has lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for fifteen years, now have more than 100 to choose from on iOS or Android devices.

Researchers from the University of Florida recently took a look at these apps, and found it difficult to tell whether or not they were actually useful, though they gave many of these apps high marks for aesthetics and engagement.

Speaking from the perspective of someone who has spent these last 15 years living with diabetes in our home and working with thousands of people living with this challenging chronic disease, the…

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 Diabetes Apps Increase User Engagement But Should Be Doing Just The Opposite

Speaking from the perspective of someone who has spent these last 15 years living with diabetes in our home and working with thousands of people living with this challenging chronic disease, the vast majority of these diabetes apps do not work for most people with diabetes and are ultimately not useful, and here’s why: managing a chronic disease is exhausting, and tools to support people should be about giving people their time back, not asking them to devote more of it by “engaging” with your product.

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There are many apps available that will help you track your diet, and deciding which one to use can be difficult. Furthermore, there are all types of people dealing with diabetes who may have different needs, need different types of assistance, or track different metrics. No single app is the end-all-be-all best app for diabetes.


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DiabetesConnect lets you quickly and easily document your complete diabetes data and create your diabetes documentation in just a few clicks. Blood sugar, meals, insulin, medications and much more can all be recorded with DiabetesConnect. Have your levels on hand day and night. Unused functions can be easily hidden, keeping everything neat and orderly.


In June 2010, our founders conceived the idea behind Glooko because each of them was personally touched by diabetes in a significant way. They set out to seamlessly release diabetes data so that insights could be delivered to both people with diabetes and their care teams, and thereby transform the way daily decisions are made by leveraging the power of mobile, cloud and analytics.

Glucose Buddy

Our tracking tools make it easy to manage your diabetes in one place.


GlucoseZone is a digital exercise platform designed to help you reach your diabetes and fitness goals.


Not just an app - our health experts are always by your side. You get their full attention, whenever you need it. And it's built upon proven concepts in behavioural and medical science. To help you lose weight and lower blood glucose effectively.

MyNetDiary Diabetes

MyNetDiary provides a great, easy and most comprehensive tracker app for iPhone, helping people track and manage their diabetes or pre-diabetes, to keep track of blood glucose and control carbs. Whether you had diabetes for years, or you are newly diagnosed, or diagnosed with pre-diabetes - MyNetDiary has all the tools to help you, to stay in control, to eat better and feel better.


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BeatO’s Smart Glucometer helps to monitor and keep a check on your blood sugar levels anytime and anywhere.

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Take control of your diabetes BG Monitor is an incredibly easy to use diabetes management app. It makes things really easy by calculating insulin and carbohyrdates for you. The clean user interface and powerful filters system allows you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Statistics help you keep track of how you’re doing.


Health2Sync is your smart companion for glucose control. The app transforms the data you have recorded into useful information, and helps you in finding the most suitable diabetes management method, as well as taking control of your own health.


Because everyone with a chronic condition deserves care & compassion... That’s why we combined cutting edge AI with behavior change design to create an infinitely scalable personalized care management platform, clinically validated to deliver positive health outcomes across the most crippling chronic diseases.


Loop is an app template for building an automated insulin delivery system. It is a stone resting on the boulders of work done by many others. The app is built on top of LoopKit. LoopKit is a set of frameworks that provide data storage, retrieval, and calculation, as well as boilerplate view controllers used in Loop.

One Drop

One Drop's diabetes management platform is clinically supported and evidence based. One Drop results have been presented at scientific meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals.


Your CGM Companion Sugarmate syncs your readings and activity across all of your devices in real-time. Works with the Dexcom G4/G5/G6 and Nightscout project.


Tidepool’s free software liberates data from diabetes devices, and places it in context of the real world. Tidepool is designed to help you discover insights and bring context to your diabetes management. And, to help make your data more actionable, we make it easy to share your data with anyone you choose: caregivers, clinicians, endocrinologists, friends, researchers — anyone.

Calorie Mama

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