Diabetes Forecast

Benefits of Diabetes Apps Are Mixed

By Miriam E. Tucker ,

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Some diabetes apps are more helpful than others, researchers found when they analyzed 89 free smartphone apps designed to help people with diabetes self-management. They based scores on function, appearance, information quality, and ability to engage users. Only four apps included six important elements of diabetes management: physical activity, nutrition, blood glucose checks, medication, feedback, and education. Fewer than half of the apps included at least four of those factors.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Aug. 3, 2017

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