Glucose Buddy iPhone App and Website Review - Page 2

Data Entry

Glucose Buddy has a decent log entry system. I have found many apps that do not provide enough options to associate an entry with an event. This app allows you to assign; Out of Bed, Before Breakfast, After Breakfast, Before Lunch, After Lunch, Before Dinner, After Dinner, During Night, After Bed, Before Snack, After Snack, Before Activity, During Activity, After Activity, Other. I am not aware of an iPhone app that provides more event tagging options. A nice design feature is the use of a standard 10 digit keypad. Entering glucose, meds, activity readings and A1C levels are easy once you get your meds and activities entered.

Glucose Buddy Log Entry Glucose Buddy 10 digit Glucose Buddy Keypad Log Summary

Glucose Buddy allows you to record medication usage for any medication you need to track. To add a single or multiple meds, you select Add Log > Meds > Select Event > Add Medicine > Select Med(s) Name> Add Log (a back button) > Select med > Enter Dosage > Save. If you selected more than one med, you can enter the dosage for each med before saving the entry. The medication select and dosage entry has 9 steps, but this part of the application works very well.

Glucose Buddy Med Selection Step 1 Glucose Buddy Med Selection Step 2, 3 and 4 Glucose Buddy Med Selection Step 5 and 6 Glucose Buddy Med Selection Step 7 Glucose Buddy Med Selection Step 8 Glucose Buddy Med Selection Step 9

One of my biggest complaints about many diabetes apps is their attempt to include a meal logging system that often becomes more of a hindrance to recording carb intake than a benefit. The developers of Glucose Buddy did provide a basic meal logging system that allows you to record carbs and they have integrated with a Food Logging application called CalorieTrack. This would have been a brilliant move if CalorieTrack was even remotely an application worth using. The application is only rated 2 out of 5 stars in the App Store for a reason. Glucose Buddy itself does not have a built-in food database. You can create a food list but you can only save the name of the food and not the carbs of that food. You must enter the carbs for a food item each time you select a food from the list. If you don’t try to enter every meal in the database and only create one food called Carb, you can easily add carbs to the log if you know the carbs in your meal.

Recent headlines about cinnamon are the result of an accidental finding in a Maryland USDA research center. Incredibly, the catalyst was as American as good old apple pie, flavored with -- what else -- cinnamon. Scientists were testing the effects of various foods on blood sugar (glucose) levels. They expected the classic pie to have an adverse effect, but instead they found it actually helped lower blood glucose levels.

The researchers then took their surprising discovery and tested it in a small 60 patient study conducted in Pakistan, reporting in the journal Diabetes Care. All the patients had been treated for type 2, adult onset diabetes for several years and were taking anti-diabetic drugs to increase their insulin output. But they were not yet taking insulin to help process their blood glucose. The subjects were given small doses of cinnamon ranging from as little as a quarter teaspoon to less than 2 teaspoons a day for 40 days.
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Being a border city has advantages and disadvantages, one disadvantage is having to always refer to imperial and metric units against your will. Sometimes you end up with a strange mix, I usually refer to temperature in the summer in F and temperature in the winter seems to make more sense in C.
If you know anyone in the US and have ever had a conversation about blood sugar, it may surprise you to hear how happy they are to have their fasting sugars below 100 (which in Canada would equate to about 5.5), or them to hear you explain how you had a SLIGHT low of 3.5 (which in the US would actually equate to 63).
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