Keeping track of your diet can be tough but there are free apps that can help diabetics manage their disease.
By Holly Firfer,
(CNN) – No matter what type of diabetes you have, type 1, type 2 or even gestational diabetes, you have to monitor your blood sugar levels carefully to avoid major health complications.
Mom-to-be, Erin Hatcher, is checking her blood sugar levels for the second time today, “I have to check my blood 4 times a day. First thing in the morning, which is the fasting blood, and then I check it 2 hours after breakfast, 2 hours after lunch and 2 hours after dinner.”
This has become part of her daily routine since being diagnosed with gestational diabetes. “As long as I stick to my diet and portion control and exercise at least 3 times a week, that’s how I am keeping it under control for now,” said Hatcher.
Keeping track of your diet can be tough, but there are free apps that can help diabetics manage their disease, like, “Glucose Buddy”. Because diabetics need to control their carbohydrate intake, apps like “Calorie King”, have nutritional information for foods at restaurants.
“My Fitness Pal” has a bar code reader you can use to scan labels at the grocery store and also has a large database of foods you can search for nutritional values. There is even “Lenny the Lion” to help kids manage the disease.
Lisa Graham, registered nurse and diabetes educator said, “This is information that they can send to their physicians, to their diabetes educators and really create a healthier lifestyle.