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Last week, my life got turned upside down when I found out that I have diabetes. I have spent so much time researching and learning all I can about this disease and I want to share what I have learned. I know that the only way that I am going to be able to get my sugars under control is with proper diet and exercise. My problem has always been keeping track of all of that stuff. I have tried writing stuff down, but end up losing the papers or just plain forgetting.
Well hello digital age! Luckily there are plenty of apps out there that I can use to help keep me on track, and with Unlimited Talk, Text & Data from Walmart Family Mobile, I am always connected. The following 4 apps are just a few of the many apps out there that are perfect, these are just my personal favorites.
Blood Glucose Tracker
Monitoring my blood glucose levels everyday is extremely important to make sure that my levels are healthy and to determine if certain foods, activities or even moods contribute in sugar highs and lows. Many diabetics test several times a day, such as, first thing in the mornings, before and after each meal and at bedtime. My doctor has me testing before breakfast and 2 hours after dinner to ensure that they are at healthy levels. This app helps me keep track of both of them and even shows me whether my numbers are good or bad based on colors. Green for good numbers and red for bad. This is perfect for when I want to show my doctor how my levels have been since my last visit. I can also track my medication, blood pressure, weight and A1C. I really don’t need it for my meds, since I am only taking one and I don’t need to track blood pressure, as mine is right on target. I track my weight in another app, but I do want to keep track of my A1C since that will tell me when I get into a safe range with my sugars.
My Fitness Pal
Since proper diet is important in controlling diabetes, I need to make sure that I am tracking everything that I eat, no matter how small. I love My Fitness Pal because it makes it so easy to enter everything in. I can either scan the UPC code and all the nutrition information pops up, or I can search for the food I am eating and more than likely, it is already entered. I am able to customize my nutrition intakes based on my specific diet, such as low carbs and high protein and even set my calorie intake. I keep track of my weight and measurements in My Fitness Pal as well as my exercise. I can enter in that I did housework and it will give me an approximate calories burned, so no more guess work. The best thing though is that I can share my progress on Facebook, which allows me to be held accountable for how I do. That is important to me as I do not want to fall back on old habits.
I do not have a reliable activity tracker and I don’t have the desire to fork out $100 for something that I may forget to wear, so this app is the next best thing. I always have my phone on me, it never leaves my sight, so it makes sense to use my phone. Also, since the app is free, and so far seems very accurate and glitch free, I know it’s the right choice. Diabetes is expensive enough without having to spend money on unneccesary things. This app is very simple though, it only tracks steps, calories burned, time, miles and speed. You cannot keep track of other progress with it, which is fine for me.
The last app isn’t really a health related app, but is important to me. Without music, housework and exercise, the two things I do to keep moving, would feel like too much of a chore. I need music to help encourage me to move and shake!
I did say that diabetes is expensive…between the glucose meter, lancets, blood strips, medication, doctor visits and even special food as I am finding recipes to try, there isn’t a lot of money left over. Needing Unlimited Talk, Text & Data makes money issues more stressful. With Walmart Family Mobile, I don’t have that problem with their low prices. $29.88 for the first line and $39.88 for all others is an amazing price and their coverage has always been excellent for me. And with the Alcatel Fierce 2 on rollback for only $119, it’s a great time to get this powerful new phone.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to Walmart.com or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Using my phone to track everything, makes it easier when I am on the go, and especially when I want to let my doctor know exactly how I am doing.
How do you keep your diabetes in check? Or just your health in general?