iBGStar Diabetes Manager

Review - Page 2

Charts / Graphs

The iBGStar app has one graph. The graph can display glucose levels over 1, 3 , 7, 14, 30 or 90 days. Using your finger you slide the time line forward and back. Down the center of the graph is a reference line. Each glucose level is represented by a dot and as that dot passes through the reference line the glucose level and time of the record is displayed at the top. When you have a record on that line you can press the dot and the card holding that reading will pop up.  This is a unique and innovative method of reviewing your glucose logs and I wish more developers would take this approach. Unfortunately this is the only graph in the app. There is a log book which provides a clean, colorful, grid style review of your glucose levels and a Statistics page as well.

Glucose Chart Highlighted Glucose Low Low Warning iBGStar Logbook WaveSense Statistics

The lack of any graphing information for average glucose levels by day, time or event is a big let down for me. If there was desktop software or a website whereas I could import data from the iPhone I could understand the single graph, but the iBGStar app is intended for a meter that directly connects to the iPhone. That is supposed to be a big deal and I was expecting more.  

Exporting Your Data

Emailed Data

There are differences in the exporting features of the iBGStar version and the Wavesense version. The attached .csv file is better formatted in the iBGStar app and the e-mail contains a nicely embedded table which shows all the data recorded. The e-mailed data in the Wavesense app only provides the statistic data and not the logbook unless open the .csv file and even then the data is poorly formatted.

My Thoughts on the iBGStar Diabetes Manager App

If you are someone who only wishes to record glucose levels, carbs and insulin dosages and are not really interested in multiple charts or graphs, these apps are for you. Both these apps provide a simple method of logging and exporting your data to a .cvs file and give you a nice portable interactive graph that provides you the opportunity to review your levels and quickly see of you are staying within your targeted glucose levels.

I do not think these apps give you the tools to track relationships in how carb intake and insulin usages affect glucose levels. The log data has all the information but lacks the graphing ability to visualize these relationships. Few people will bother to review tabular data to identify relationships and trends.  

I am very disappointed that you cannot customize the tags. There are a lot of apps on the market that provide far more preset events and others that let you add your own events. I can understand the limitation on one insulin type per card, but I would have expected the ability to add my own insulin types or at least they could provide a larger selection of insulin’s.

The e-mail export ability of the iBGStar app is probably the best I have seen from any app, free or otherwise. For most diabetics I think either of these apps would be good to use, with the iBGStar much better for those who wish to export the data to a spreadsheet application. The iBGStar apps is probably the best basic diabetic management app you can use at any cost and should meet the needs to the average diabetic.

I have chosen not to review the iBGStar glucose meter because I simple can’t justify the cost of the meter and strips when all I save is the step of entering the glucose levels. More on that decision here. The meters owners manual is also embedded in the app but I am not aware of any other benefit the meter provides when using with the iBGStar app. I guess if you are someone who wants to use the meter stand alone for awhile then connect the meter to sync data, you could do that. However, what about your carb and insulin data. You still need to carry the iPhone to log those values. If there is something I have missed, please contact me and set me straight.  

Sample iBGStar exported .csv file opens new window opens spread sheet
Sample WaveSense exported .csv file opens new window opens spread sheet
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Additional Review

My opinion is just that, mine. Because most of what people praise about the new meter is not the meter as much as the application I wanted to provide another opinion. Below is a video from Valerie Ann who blogs at Diabetically Yours.

Used with permission

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