Expert-reviewed by Ashwini S.Kanade, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience
The moment at which you received the diagnosis of diabetes was a life-changing one. In your head, it most likely meant making compromises on your food choices and having a lifetime of medicines. You were now officially a “sick” person, who needs to tread through life with utmost caution.
The reality could not be further away from the truth.
Yes, you have diabetes. But there is no reason why you should spend the rest of your days living scared. The open secret to living a healthy and fulfilling life while having diabetes is to keep your diabetes managed well or under control.
Of course, it is easier said than done. Diabetes management does require lifestyle changes, and bringing about these changes requires dedication and commitment. But worry not. Help is available, and that too in the palm of your hands!
We are referring to smartphone apps, of course! You can use a clinically-proven diabetes management app right on your phone. Such an app can make managing diabetes so much easier than doing it all by yourself. In fact, there is more than one benefit of opting to invest in a diabetes management app. Here they are:
1. Unlearning damaging behaviours and learning helpful ones:
A huge advantage of investing in a diabetes care app is you get to learn a lot about all the damaging habits you’ve acquired over the years. You are trained to stop these behaviours and learn new ones, that are beneficial for your health.
These are not one-time tips; they are learnings for life and you will continue to implement them long after you stop using the app.
2. Easier daily life tracking:
Getting diabetes under control means keeping an eye on your diet, weight, activity and blood sugar. Most reliable diabetes care apps help in doing all of this in one place in a simple manner.
They require you to enter information about the meals, exercise, etc. Doing so indirectly impacts your learning of new behaviours. Because when you see the record of unhealthy meals you have had and the number of days on which you were not active, you get a reality check about your lifestyle. And you will feel motivated to correct your course.
3. Real-time feedback:
Depending on the features available on the app, you can also get real-time feedback for the data you enter into the app. For example, when you enter your blood sugar reading, you will get feedback on whether your sugar is high, low or normal. If high or low, you will get immediate next steps on taking care of yourself and bringing your sugar to normal levels.
4. Access to a personal health coach:
Staying self-motivated is challenging. To address that, most diabetes care apps also assign you a personal health coach. Your coach is someone who will check in with you regularly and keep you motivated. The coach will also assist you with expert advice and guidance to help you stay on top of your diabetes.
5. Ready-made reports for your doctor:
The easy life tracking comes with a benefit of its own. With all the data you log in to the app, it can generate trend reports that you can take with you on your next doctor’s visit. This will further help your doctor understand your disease better and provide a more personalised treatment.
The future is digital, as they say. And the advantages of using an app to support your diabetes care are undeniable. You would only have to pay a fraction of your annual medical expenses to improve your lifestyle for the better permanently.