A review of the Diabetes Log iPhone App

The iPod Touch is like the iPhone except for the phone … and the GPS … and the camera. Just like the iPhone I can browse the web and check email with Wi-Fi, and play movies, music and games downloaded from the iTunes App Store. It’s a super ultra-portable.

I have an iPod Touch and I have diabetes and I am a geek. So of course I launch the App Store on my iPod and search for “diabetes” and find a few diabetic applications. One of these is, Diabetes Log, written by Chris Ross. Chris has Type-1 diabetes and wanted an application for his iPhone to record his glucose reading, carbohydrates and insulin dosages. And that 's as much as this application does. Chris is offering the application for free while he work out the bugs ( I didn’t find any ) and plans to charge a small amount when he feels the app is ready.

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After launching the application click the "+" to bring up a menu to add a new record. From here you can choose the type of record you want to add; Glucose, Food, or Medicine.IMG_0016

Choosing anyone of those bring up a record entry page that is similar for each record type except that the units for the values change; mg/dl for glucose readings, g from carbs, and units for insulin. Tappingn the Date/Time or Category box brings up a tumbler wheel for data entry. I personally would have preferred a keyboard. The Value and Notes boxes use the keyboad for data entry.

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From the main screen, tapping the littel “i” in the lower right hand corner of the screen will bring up a page where you can set the number of days worth of data to keep or email the entire log for backup. That’s all there is to this app. There is no graphing or analytical tools. It does one thing and it does it well.

I’m going to check that out (if I remember). I was using Glucose Buddy but am now just logging on paper since I have to fax my numbers in to my endo.