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Free Smart Phone Apps

The numbers of applications available on smart phones is enough to keep you busy for days! In this article I will give a brief overview of several apps that can assist with logging blood glucose results, counting carbohydrates, recording exercise, losing weight and keeping track of medications. Each of the apps reviewed are available for FREE on both Apple and Android devices.

My FitnessPal

My FitnessPal is a calorie counter app that assists users in reaching weight loss goals. The app includes an extensive food database with over 5 million foods. In addition to tracking daily food intake the user can also track daily exercise.


Pacer works as a pedometer that tracks users daily steps. Users can also track their weight and body mass index (BMI) to see how changes in the activity impact their weight and BMI.


Fooducate tracks caloric intake and exercise. It also includes a grading scale that grades foods from A to D based on the foods nutrient content. In addition to tracking caloric intake Fooducate also includes a food database with barcode scanner.

Charity miles

The Charity miles app allows users to earn money for a charity when doing such activities as biking, walking or running. Bikers earn up to 10 cents per mile; walkers and runners earn up to 25 cents per mile, all courtesy of corporate sponsors.

Glucose Buddy

Glucose Buddy is a data tracking utility in which users can log blood glucose readings, carbohydrates, medications, activity and weight. Reminders can be set up to help user remember to check blood glucose.


GoMeals is a nutrient database with nutrition facts for more than 40,000 foods. With this app users can locate restaurants in the area, see menus and nutrition facts as well as make reservations. Users are also able to track daily activity and blood glucose readings.

Healthy recipes by Spark People

Healthy recipes by Spark People is a recipe database app that includes over 500,000 recipes. Users can search the recipe database by ingredient, prep time, and type of cuisine. Low carbohydrate and gluten free recipes are now available. Nutrition facts are provided for each recipe.


mySugr is an app that allows users to log blood glucose readings. This app features a diabetes monster that you can name to help keep you motivated and involved in your diabetes management. Users have the option of viewing blood glucose readings in graphs.


Fitbit allows users to track daily steps and workouts. Using the food database and barcode scanner users can also log calories. Family and friends can help user reach goals by sharing stats and competing on leader boards.


Medsimple is a medication management app. This app assists users in finding generic versions of brand-name medications. Users are able to store a complete list of their medications, doctors, and pharmacists. Alerts can be set up to help user remember to take medication and refill prescriptions.

Do you have a favorite app that you use to help manage your diabetes, diet and or exercise? Please share it with the Type 2 Diabetes community!

Want to learn more? Check out the following article from Jen: 7 Great Apps Help You Get Healthy.

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