Fast food diet, an ‘indoorsy’ lifestyle, limited exercise and an appetite for staying up late night, all this and more has a tremendous impact on our health. Ignorance surrounding serious health risks and a generally lax attitude in addressing symptoms is quite common amidst us. While some can make quick tweaks in routine and get on with a healthy life, some may suffer the long-term impact of ignorance in taking care of themselves.
In this regard, one of the most common ailments seen these days, amongst people of all ages, is Diabetes. While this ailment may not seem severe at first, if not taken care, it could have devastating results. Having said that, diagnosed at the right time and cared for appropriately, this ailment could also be completely manageable.
If you have diabetes or know somebody who is diabetic or if you are looking to steer clear of it altogether, we recommend having a look at these five free apps for diabetes risk assessment and care:
A tracker, database and communication platform rolled into one, this app allows users to track carbohydrates consumed, helps review it against a vast database of food items (which is even available offline) and facilitates communication of daily food intake reports to care, provider or doctor.
This app even helps track and manage aspects of water consumption and exercise.
As the title suggests, this app is detailed in its approach towards diabetes management. It is primarily three-pronged, in the sense that it helps manage food consumption, record test results and reminds the user to take medication at predefined intervals.
It is ideal for care providers to keep a tab on the user’s activities, in this regard, it even has GPS location feature to monitor activities.
Perhaps one of the simplest and most flexible applications for diabetes, Ontrack Diabetes helps users edit or add categories for tracking based on their unique requirement.
The app gives daily, weekly and monthly average on glucose levels and users can set reminders to check these at fixed intervals. In addition to such features, the app even generates detailed graphs and reports on the users' daily activity which is easy to understand and monitor.
An app that is offered by an agency called C-DAC of the government of India, Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool primarily calculates the risk of diabetes in users. It takes various inputs from the user and gives a risk score between 0 and 80.
In addition to this, the app even gives recommendations to modify lifestyle and diet to significantly reduce this risk.
In addition to most features mentioned in the apps listed above, Diabetes in Check app has two unique features. It has a barcode scanner with which the user can scan packaged foods. Once scanned, the app immediately displays and tracks nutrition information of the scanned item.
Designed by a certified diabetes educator, the app even provides online coaching from one such professional to the user as required by him/her.
Let us look to a world in which individuals are completely in control of their health, and are able to dream big dreams with the full potential of their only physical being (body).