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Tracking Devices for Diabetes Patients

Add Other Devices to Your Arsenal

A wireless scale. If you're overweight, losing some pounds helps lower your chances that diabetes will get much worse.

Think about trading your old bathroom scale for one that records data. Then, you can see trends in your weight over time.

Fitbit, iHealth, and Withings make wireless scales that automatically upload your weight to a secure web site.

If you're really into sharing, you can tweet your weigh-ins or post them on Facebook. Talk about motivation!

A home blood pressure cuff. High blood pressure and diabetes is a common and dangerous combination. Keep a closer eye on yours at home.

iHealth makes a wireless blood pressure monitor that automatically uploads readings to a web site so you can track it.

It also syncs with other iHealth products, like its fitness tracker, wireless scale, and glucose monitor, so you get a more complete picture of your health.

Glucose monitors and apps. Read up on the new wave of high-tech glucose monitors and phone apps.

With gadgets like Ditto, Glooko, and the iHealth Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System, you can store your glucose monitor's readings in the cloud. That means you use less space on your phone or tablet.

Browse iTunes or Google Play for the hundreds of diabetes apps -- to record carbs, set alarms for medication, and plan healthy meals. Look for ones with the highest ratings and try them.

The Big Picture

The high-tech revolution makes it easier to share info with your doctor. Now you can give not only glucose readings but also your diet, exercise, and sleep.

Once you track for a while, you'll see connections.

  • Compare your glucose spikes with your food tracker. How much is that snack from the vending machine truly affecting you?
  • How does a few weeks of exercise affect your blood pressure?
  • When your tracker shows you slept restlessly for a week, does it affect your blood sugar readings?

Is there something you need to improve? Also congratulate yourself for what you're doing right.

When you self-track, you see the rewards of healthy habits now. A drop in your blood sugar and blood pressure after a few weeks of exercise is a real reason to stick with it.

Diabetes often has no outward symptoms, so you can't rely on your body to tell you how it's affecting you. Your suite of gadgets can fill in that gap -- your glucometer, fitness tracker, and others. They'll give you an idea of what's really going on and help you prevent complications.

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on December 03, 2013

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