New High-Tech Tools to Help Control Diabetes
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Apps can help you track:
- Calories, carbs, and other nutrition in your diet
- Daily exercise and calories burned
- Stress levels
- Blood sugar test results
"Keeping a food diary can really help you manage your diabetes. With a phone app, you have it with you all the time, which makes it easier to keep up with," she says. "People get tired of checking their blood sugar, too. So it's helpful to have some way to track it that is easily uploaded."
Apps can sync with your doctor's office so you can talk about your levels at your appointment, she adds.
New fitness gadgets that can be clipped onto your belt or worn around your wrist measure physical activity, and they upload your heart rate or steps to social media sites like Facebook. "This can keep you motivated if you have an exercise or weight loss goal," Moore says.
Telemedicine is another tool to help you stay healthy, Vigersky says. Your doctor can send you a text, email, or call that reminds you to test your blood sugar, take your medicine, or check for cuts on your feet, for example.
"These are things we normally tell you, but every few months at your appointment," he says. "This is a new approach to help educate you and keep you on track."