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What's your favorite Diabetes Phone App, and why?

The Diabetes logbook thread got me to wondering about this. I know of quite a few apps, but don’t personally use any except the G5 Mobile app, Follow and Share. I’m referring to apps that track your Diabetes journey, carbs, exercise, BG’s, and other things.

I have been weary of using an app because it’s “just another thing to do.” Since it seems that everything would require “manual” entry…which I don’t see as practical in our lives right now.

As a manual logger, I am interested in which apps you use, which you consider the best and why!

Thanks!

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I use many apps. I just love data! My logging tool is MySugr. I log everything into that app and also feed my CGM data into it so that I can compare that against what I am eating. It keeps track of my average, standard deviation, and total carbs, etc… It also estimates my A1C which has been pretty accurate so far. MySugr sends me a weekly report showing me comparisons between how I did this week vs. last week. It’s a very easy to use and visually appealing app.

I also use some other apps to help me out. I use LoseIt to help me calculate carbs for my meals. In addition to the Dexcom app I use Sugarmate. I don’t enter any data there, but I like that it has predictive low alerts. It let’s me know if I’ve been trending downward for an hour close to my low target, so it alerts me before Dexcom does. It also alerts me if I have been steady and above normal. This is great for when I wake up in the middle of the night with a high BG, give a correction and go back to bed. I will get an alert from Sugarmate if my BG does not come down so that I don’t end up sleeping until the morning (Dexcom will not give another alert once you have passed your high target).

I am also checking out a new app called Diabits. I just downloaded it today. It’s the beta version but it looks interesting. Here is a sample screen.

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Does it automaticaly import your real-time Dexcom data?

It automatically imports the data, but there is a lag of about 3 hrs. It gets the data from Apple Health.

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We have used a lot of apps. Right now, what we are using is:

  • MyNetDiary (Diabetes for-pay version, about $60/yr I think) is where we log food, insulin, fingerprick BGs, and, when we remember, exercise. It works fairly well for us because all of us can look at it, from different locations. The two weaknesses:

    • it does not ALWAYS duplicate info into the server, which is frustrating
    • its food database is not as good as MyFitnessPal
  • The Dexcom App, and the Dexcom Follow App

  • Clarity on the computer

What we have used and stopped using:

  • Blueloop-- it just did not do much for us, and did not always simply function.

  • Glooko. We may try it again.

  • Diasend. Uploading does not work for us. It must be automatic.

  • MySugr. No real-time CGM data

  • MyFitnessPal. It does not integrate well with our workflow. But we still use it as a backup food and recipe database, for instance to look up items that are not in the MyNetDary’s food database (not very often needed, maybe once a month).

We would really like to get the Omnipod pump info through wifi.

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I was hoping that had changed :slight_smile:

I use:
xdrip+ for…

  • getting BG from the Dexcom G5
  • BG statistics (averages, percentile charts, for today, yesterday, last 7 days, last 30 days)

Android APS to…

  • Bolus Calculator
  • Keeping track of Insulin on board - (all IOB - boluses, temporary basals and extended boluses)
  • Keeping track of Carbs on board (COB)
  • Predicting future BG (based on total IOB, COB, and insulin sensitivity)
  • Logging carbs, boluses, extended boluses, temp basals
  • Logging pump (pod) changes - with notes on where they are and what direction they point
  • Logging CGM changes and locations installed and comments
  • Note taking
  • Recommending temporary basals to keep in target.

Both xdrip+ and AndroidAPS do BG predictions based on IOB and carbs on board. Android APS predictions are based on a lot of stuff (Total IOB, COB, insulin sensitivity adjustment). xdrip+ only has a basic prediction based on Bolus insulin IOB and COB. I defintiely like AndriodAPS predictions better, but when I started with xdrip+ the predictions were somewhat useful.

xdrip+ has great BG statistics analysis on your phone, but if you want to analyse BG, carbs, bolus insulin, and basal insulin, all at the same time you need another application. I use Nighscout reports to do hgher levels of analysis.

AndroidAPS and xdrip+ both keep local data stored on the phone. They also can log to a remote web database where all the info can be stored. I use MLabs to store the data and Nighscout for reporting and data analysis.

I then use Nighscout reports to look at the historical data in the

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Does it calculate IOB realistically or linearly? Does anything available calculate it realistically?

Ummm… well… depends on your definition of realistic. :slight_smile:

I would have to say that AndroidAPS does it better than any pump because it uses a custom action curve for the insulin you are using.

There are various insulin action profiles you can choose from and then you enter in a DIA to scale it. (i.e. rapid acting (Novolog, Humalog,) Ultra-rapid (Fiasp), etc.) The profiles are mostly based on available literature on the insulin in question.

For each IOB update, it goes back and loads all insulin treatments that are still active and calculates the IOB remaining for each treatment and then adds it up and displays the total.

Here is the insulin curve from the standard insulin curve library I use for FIASP:

AndroidAPS uses the OpenAPS algorithms for IOB. For your reading pleasure…
http://openaps.readthedocs.io/en/latest/docs/While%20You%20Wait%20For%20Gear/understanding-insulin-on-board-calculations.html

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