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8/12/2021
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Best Blood Sugar Apps For Non-Diabetics and Diabetics

Written by
Team Nutrisense
Reviewed by
Kara Collier
RDN, LDN, CNSC
a list of meals on an app

Living with diabetes is an ongoing challenge that takes up our time and infringes on how we live. Our understanding of diabetes has thankfully come a long way, especially so in recent years with new technologies to understand the massive amounts of data that lives in our blood. Coupled with the convenient communication and computing power our phones afford us at our fingertips, all it takes to make use of that data is an app or two. In 2021, there are hundreds of apps available to help us manage and cope with diabetes, and it can be hard to choose what’s worth our time. What data should I care about, and how can I act on it? Moreover, what if I don’t even have diabetes?

Everyone, Even Non-Diabetics, May Benefit from these Diabetes Management Apps

When we think about glucose or blood sugar at all, we typically move onto thoughts of insulin, finger pricks, and all the other routines and lifestyle changes associated with diabetes. This mode of thinking is slowly changing as the apps and technology mentioned here expose a wealth of data and hidden knowledge about ourselves that can affect us profoundly, including managing our weight. Mismanaged glucose can even turn our moods against us for doing nothing more than enjoying a snack. While some of these apps cater specifically to the unique challenges of diabetics, most offer benefits that will help everyone - be it patterns derived from glucose and exercise data you’ve entered, learning about the food you eat, or even how it all matches against your behavior. Some even pair with a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) for the most accurate and far-reaching insights into your health.

If you’re familiar with Nutrisense, you know we track your glucose through a CGM. This unintrusive patch sticks to your arm, revealing data about your body and health that would otherwise remain buried away. Through the power of a CGM, you can take advantage of this data on demand through Nutrisense and other apps to make the best decisions about your diabetes, diet, exercise, and even sleep.

What Types Of Apps Help Manage Blood Glucose

If you type “glucose” into your phone’s app store, dozens of apps will fill your search list. Most are okay. Some are excellent. But all boast different features to fit the nuances of your life and how you operate. But too much choice is overwhelming and not what you want to deal with when you're looking for apps about something as important as your health. So which apps are right for you? We broke our list down into three major categories to make it easy:

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Apps, like our Nutrisense app, pair with a CGM or other glucometer to afford you the most accurate, up-to-date knowledge about your blood glucose. Most of these apps take this data and pair it to your life in the current moment: the food you’ve just eaten, the exercise you’ve just slogged through, or even your mood after getting some extra good news. While vital to those with diabetes, anyone serious about learning how their food and daily routines and activities affect their glucose levels should consider a glucose monitoring app.

Food Tracking Apps, for the most part, do exactly that: they allow you to enter data about the food you eat so you can manage your nutrition, calorie intake and recognize patterns so you can make better choices and find better habits. Most also offer a way to look up even the most esoteric of foods before they end up inside your belly. Certainly compelling for diabetics and non-diabetics alike, and their logging and journaling features will make your doctor happy, too. 

Apps for People Who Already Have Diabetes don’t offer too much to non-diabetics compared to the other apps in this list, but people with diabetes will undoubtedly find a lot to like. The common feature among them is insulin management, which none of the other apps provide. Anyone with type I, type II, or gestational diabetes knows the potentially catastrophic consequences of forgetting when they last dosed their insulin or how much they should take next. These apps take the human factor out of tracking your doses while providing their own individual flair and features. 

The Top Apps For Managing Blood Glucose

a chart showing blood glucose level on the Nutrisense app

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Apps

Nutrisense

iPhone/iPad

Android

Free

All of the apps on this list provide easy ways to track and understand how your food and habits may affect your blood sugar, but only a CGM app can tell you precisely what’s going on in your insides. Safe and FDA-approved, CGMs give you your glucose data on demand. Nutrisense is the first-ever app to pair this technology with the personal advice of Registered Dietitians, who are a message away to address your questions. Convenient (and gorgeous) dashboards let you see and manage your glucose data how you like, and continuous delivery of new CGMs to your home every couple of weeks ensures the data you see is as accurate as possible.

Glucose Buddy app

Glucose Buddy

iPhone/iPad

Android

Free, with ads and in-app purchases

Glucose Buddy has had a lot of media presence over its life for good reason. Its premium subscription is superpowered, granting you access to both an automated A1C calculator as well as chat access to personal diabetes experts for $19.99/month. The $29.99/month and $59.99/month plans up the ante by supplying you with a glucometer and all the lancing meters you could need. If you have a Dexcom CGM, Glucose Buddy touts seamless integration with it. You can use your Dexcom with Nutrisense, too - we took some time to see how the combinations stacked up against each other.

Glooko

iPhone/iPad

Android

Free

Universal adaptability with as many CGM and blood glucose devices as possible is Glooko’s aim, which is why we especially like it. Glooko touts it can sync with more than 80(!) different brands and types of devices, including insulin pumps. It doesn’t have as many luxuries as Nutrisense or Glucose Buddy and doesn’t include the expert, personalized support, but the essential data to track is all there. If you want to get started tracking your blood sugar from your CGM through your phone without committing to the features and support of a subscription service, consider this app.

Food Tracking Apps

MyFitnessPal app

MyFitnessPal

iPhone/iPad

Android

Free, with ads and in-app purchases

First in this category is a no-brainer for anyone, diabetic or otherwise, interested in their overall well-being. MyFitnessPal is useful to anyone who wants to start learning more about what food they eat and, perhaps more importantly, how to build habits around them. Most powerful is the app’s fitness plans, taking the guesswork out of how to get yourself to start moving and ultimately comparing and tracking those workouts against what food you eat. For $9.99/month (or $49.99/year) you get access to expert guidance, including meals planned by dieticians to help fit your personal blood sugar needs.

Noom app

Noom

iPhone/iPad

Android

Free, with in-app purchases

Noom packs a wallop in this category by way of the dozens of peer-reviewed publications they’ve personally funded and authored. They really mean business when it comes to food and nutrition science and it’s reflected in their absolutely huge app. It’s also the only app in this category that provides chat support from real-life professionals. Nutrisense’s side-by-side comparison to Levels demonstrates how that extra human help can become the secret to success in meeting your glucose or weight management needs. We have confidence Noom’s lifestyle coaches may be the necessary push to act on the healthy choices that are right for you, especially when they offer a flexible premium plan that begins at $66.35/month with options for as many months as you care to commit to all the way to $199/year.

Carb Manager app

Carb Manager

iPhone/iPad

Android

Free, with in-app purchases

While it’s targeted at people sticking to the Keto diet (that’s short for Ketogenic, a low-carb, high in protein and fat diet), Carb Manager’s inherent ability to, well, manage carbs, finds itself well positioned to help those of us working on managing our blood sugar. Since it takes way less carbs than you might think to spike your glucose, not paying attention to them may sey you up for a big crash later. The built-in food diary makes it a breeze to find carbs hidden in foods you’d never expect, and the included calculators remove the guesswork about how all of your food stacks up against each other throughout the day. If you’re into fasting (which we don’t recommend without speaking to your doctor first), the premium version of Carb Manger tracks that as well.

Fooducate

iPhone/iPad

Android

Free, with ads and in-app purchases

Reading all of the ingredients on your food’s packaging is a futile effort when you don’t even know what half of the names even mean. How are you supposed to know how any of those ingredients might affect your blood glucose? Or what their caloric content is? Is it worth the risk of ruining your mood for the rest of the day? Fooducate demystifies any food you may encounter by giving you access to a massive database attached to a barcode scanner that breaks down anything you scan in the grocery store into the component ingredients (and tells you what they actually do, too). The premium version even lets you add databases for Keto and gluten-free diets. 

Figwee Calorie Calculator

iPhone/iPad

Android

Free, with ads and in-app purchases

Knowing how many calories is in your food is great, but what about knowing WHAT those calories look like? Portion control is a notorious soft spot in most of our dieting habits and Figwee takes direct aim at overcoming any misconceptions about what should go on your plate. By showing you real pictures of exactly how much of any particular food should be taking up space on your plate, Figwee lets you hold yourself accountable for giving yourself the right amount of food for your calorie and blood glucose needs. The iOS version is named “Figwee Calorie Calculator,” while the Android version is “Figwee Visual Food Diary.”

Apps For People Who Already Have Diabetes

mySugr app

mySugr

iPhone/iPad

Android

Free, with ads and in-app purchases

Easy-to-read dashboards and intuitive logging are what we like best about mySugr. For those who like to get as gear-headed as possible with their routine, the Pro version takes blood sugar management to dizzying heights. The subscription unlocks the ability to track and tag places you’ve been, things you’ve done, and places you’ve eaten at so you can remember how it all affected you and your sugar levels, not to mention a handy insulin calculator with exportable results for your doctor. While typically $2.99/month (or $27.99/year), Pro is free if you have an Accu-Chek Guide, Guide Me, or Aviva meter.

RapidCalc

iPhone/iPad
Android: Unavailable
Price: $7.99

As the supercomputer among these apps, RapidCalc boasts the usual tracking metrics alongside the most advanced insulin management system offered among these apps. Control over your basal dosage is so refined that users describe the app as providing the same fidelity as an insulin pump without actually delivering the insulin. Unfortunately, it’s currently iOS only.

Diabetes:M app

Diabetes:M

iPhone/iPad
Android
Price: Free, with ads and in-app purchases

Foremost an app for tablets, Diabetes:M works just fine on regular smartphones and includes the usual food and exercise logging, glucose and insulin monitoring, and exportable reports functions you can expect from most of the apps in this category. The simple premium subscription ($4.99/month) wipes the ads away and opens the built-in food and nutrition database to allow you to expand your grocery cart contents safely and deliciously.

Beat Diabetes

iPhone/iPad: Unavailable
Android
Price: Free, with ads

Veteran diabetics will be able to jump right into apps we’ve so far included in this category, but what about those who have been newly diagnosed? Not only is there a deluge of new information to digest, but getting the news can be just plain scary. Beat Diabetes is geared towards those new to the game and is a great, risk-free choice to learn the fundamentals of tackling diabetes the right way quickly. The most crucial facts are presented in expandable categories on the home screen and written by medical professionals.  Understand that this app is for Android only and unaffiliated with a similar “BEAT Diabetes” app on iOS.

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