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Diabetes Software for Blood Glucose Monitoring

Updated on October 24, 2015

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If monitoring blood glucose was all about keeping records, you would not really need any diabetes software; a simple spreadsheet program or a paper logbook would suffice. These diabetes software programs are recommended by health care professionals because they can take your blood-sugar monitoring to the whole next level. First of all, it is more convenient to use a software program than to carry around an obsolete paper journal. Many programs are not only compatible for desktop or laptop computers, but can also be installed on your mobile phone, iPod Touch and Palm Pilot. With just a few pushes of buttons, your daily information is entered and secured.

Secondly, it can sum up all the records and come up with detailed statistical charts. You will be able to see if there are any recurring trends in your blood sugar levels. You may notice things like: your blood glucose tend to be higher in the mid-afternoon; you experience a sugar rush more often during your period; or your highest readings almost always occur early in the morning after you wake up. Once you spot some trends like these, you should consult with your doctor. You might be able to adjust your current diabetes-management program and find better strategies to take care of your problems.

And thirdly, most diabetes software programs also come with a diet planner or food diary. They can help calculate your daily calorie intake in detail: how many carb grams you have consumed, how many fat grams you have just eaten at lunch, etc. The programs will couple your blood sugar records with your diet information, allowing you to see how different types of food affect your blood glucose levels. You will learn what you can eat and what you should avoid.

We are all different. Our bodies don't react to the same food or lifestyle routines the same way. For some diabetics, it might be all right to drink a glass of red wine with dinner, but for some others, that can lead to a horrible result. One of the best ways to control your diabetes is to keep track of your blood glucose levels and have a better understanding of your own body. The following are some of the best diabetes software programs you might find helpful.

Diabetes Pilot - Much More Than Just a Diabetes Logbook

How will this diabetes software help you?

  • Similar to a paper diabetes logbook, it allows you to record your blood glucose levels, various test results, insulin measurements, blood pressure, information about your meals as well as your physical activities. You can do it either at home on your desktop or use a mobile device, then transfer the data to your desktop afterward.
  • This techy diabetes logbook lets you organize or group together your entries in several ways you might like. In addition, it provides graphs and summary reports that enable you to track the changes in your blood glucose over a period of time and analyze the trends of its rises and falls.
  • Besides a blood glucose monitor, this diabetes software also grants you access to a huge food database, providing nutrition facts about thousands of foods and assisting you to plan your meals more wisely.

Diabetes Pilot is compatible for Windows PC, iPhone, iPod Touch, Palm OS and Windows Mobile. Visit diabetespilot.com to download.

Diabasics - Uncomplicated Diabetes Software for Blood Glucose Monitoring

Software Features

  • This diabetes software provides simplified tools for recording and tracking your blood sugar levels. You don't have to be so computer-savvy to use this program. In addition, it can calculate calories you have consumed in each meal, which is great for weight-concerned diabetics.
  • Diabasics can encourage you to be more detail-oriented about your conditions. It allows you to note which finger you have just pricked for the blood test so that you won't desensitize that finger by pricking it too often. Plus, it provides a big comment¬†section on the bottom of each logbook page. This way you will be automatically reminded to add extra information every time you check your blood glucose. Useful details to fill out in the comment section may include your stress level, PMS symptoms, off-routine events, work schedule changes, etc.
  • Like Diabetes Pilot, it provides several types of visual charts, which help summarize your blood sugar trends over time. You can easily print out the charts for your health care providers to analyze how successful your current diabetes management program has been and whether there is anything you need to adjust.

Diabasics is compatible for both Mac and Windows computers. Go to derbrill.de/diabasics to download.

Sugar Stats - Web-Based Diabetes Software, No Downloading

Why use this online diabetes log?

  • It is totally free for the basic plan. You can update to the premium plan at any time for $8.29 a month. The basic plan covers blood glucose tracking, medication logbook and printable statistic graphs. If you decide to try the premium plan, the extra features you will receive include nutrition and physical-activity tracking tools.
  • Sugar Stats offers quick and easy applications to help you monitor your blood glucose as well as visualize your progress via several types of charts.
  • It is a supportive diabetic community where you can make friends and exchange knowledge with other diabetics through community groups and discussion forums.

To learn more about this online diabetes logbook, visit sugarstats.com.

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  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    5 years ago

    @nicediabetes - I'm not familiar with insulin pump software, so I'm afraid I can't comment on it. Glad to hear Carelink works well for you. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your personal experience using diabetes software.

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    nicediabetes 

    5 years ago from Australia

    What do you think of more contemporary solutions like software associated with insulin pumps? I use Medtronic's Carelink and find it really useful

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    6 years ago

    Thanks. I've never heard of MedHelp. I'll check it out.

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    Bob Flanigan 

    6 years ago

    I like SugarStats. Also check out MedHelp.org. Currently I am using HealtheHuman because it has diet, exercise, and glucose tracking.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Usama. If there're any interesting new programs, I'll surely spread the word.

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    Usama 

    8 years ago

    Hi

    My wife has just developed type 2 dibetes and we are trying our best lower it and these programs should definitely help.

    Please post if there is any other "diabetes diet program" that takes in the values from these software to produce a better diet program.

    Thanks a lot

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Hi MG! Thanks for dropping by. I hope there'll be more nifty software programs like these for other diseases as well. :)

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    Money Glitch 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Wow, this is a great example of how modern technology can help an individual stay aware of their health and knowing what to do next. I think we will see more of these type of devices in the near future for other diseases. Thanks for sharing such an awesome hub. Thumbs up! :)

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Hi anglnwu!. My mom and almost everyone in my family have diabetes, too. (Sometimes I can't help thinking whether we Asians eat too much white rice and noodles.) So far I'm still diabetes-free, but I like to educate myself about diabetes just in case. Thanks a lot for your visit and comment. :)

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    anglnwu 

    8 years ago

    If only my mom had these monitoring software when she was around. Glad to know that these exist now to help monitor diabetes. Rated useful.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    Thanks so much for stopping by, akirchner. Yes, you're absolutely right. Type 2 diabetes is a big health problem in the U.S. and many other countries. Luckily, it can be kept under control with regular blood-sugar monitoring, medications and some lifestyle changes.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Washington

    Great info on a huge health problem in our country! The more you know the better you can take care of yourself and with diabetes, it is crucial.

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