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How to use an app to help manage diabetes

If you're reading this, you already know how much goes on behind the scenes to manage diabetes. You have to think about what happened recently, what's happening right now and what you expect to happen in the coming hours. You've probably gotten so good that you don't even consciously think about most of it—you just do it.

Then there's the big-picture stuff—how you're doing over a longer period of time. If you're like many people, you don't think about this until there's a doctor's appointment right around the corner.

Where does an app come in?

Keeping so much information in your brain doesn't make sense. You can feel overwhelmed and unsure of your next move, second guess your decisions or get frustrated. That's completely normal—and a good reason to outsource!

For certain parts of diabetes management, computers do better than humans—recording information and remembering it when requested, monitoring something over and over again, performing a task around the clock, or spotting patterns and trends. Computers, especially the powerful mini-computers we call smartphones, are perfect for a lot of diabetes-related work. They're powerful and portable, they're almost always with you, they're connected to the world and they're packed with sensors.

Being able to outsource diabetes work to an app on your smartphone means you have that much more brainpower for more important things in life.

How to use an app for diabetes management

The future of diabetes data management is automated. With the mySugr app, some blood glucose meters will log your blood sugar measurements automatically. With a tap of your finger, you can quickly add details about meals, meds and any other info you think is important. You can even customize the logging screen so you don't waste time dealing with things that aren't important for you. (link to https://www.accu-chek.ca/en/mysugrapp)

mySugr can automatically pull in activity data from your phone so you can see exercise information alongside your blood sugar. Location services make it possible to search for past experiences, like eating at a restaurant. With two taps, you can see everything you've tried at that restaurant and how your blood sugars responded. Having this type of information at your fingertips helps you make more informed decisions. That's powerful!

You add the context

To give your story even more detail, you can add context:

  • Meal photos—Quick manual entry to help you manage post-meal questions.

  • Notes—Add a quick note when something is out of the ordinary or if it helps explain a decision you made. You'll even be able to search them later.

  • Tags—By far, the easiest way to add useful information to your entry, you can select a tag for many common situations.

How many times has your doctor asked, "What happened here?" while looking over your reports? You can just pull up mySugr on your smartphone and explain everything. It's a great way to get the most out of an appointment.

So much is automated now, thanks to apps like mySugr and connected meters, that it just makes sense to let it all work for you. Don't feel like you have to do everything for your diabetes management—you have lots of help around!

Guest article by Scott Johnson, from the mySugr blog https://mysugr.com/blog

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