Smartphone App Helps Diabetics Monitor Blood Sugar Better

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Recording blood sugar with pen and paper is difficult, especially when you could be taking the reading six times a day or more. A new cell phone application is trying to change this. The new smart phone app enables easier blood sugar recording and an easier way to monitor blood sugar changes over time.

It’s called the “Bant” app, after its co-inventor, Frederick Banting. He is an insulin developer from Canada and developed the application to help those with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar more effectively. The app is managed by the University Health Network in Toronto.

Users of the app can record their blood sugar levels anywhere they are, even if they forgot a pen. One user says about recording her son’s blood glucose levels:

“I wanted something that I could view on my phone when he’s away at school and the teacher calls and says: ‘Do you remember what he was, whenever?’ So I just wanted to have a log of it, instead of carrying a paper copy here and there and everywhere.”

A Picture Says More

The app also produces a graphical display of blood sugar readings over time. This enables users to see trends that might be hidden within logs of blood sugar data. Says the user of her son’s readings:

“I really like it because it shows ups and downs, and the way you can tell if he’s starting to decline. Maybe he might need a little less insulin or a little more, depending on his history in the last couple of days.”

Joseph Cafazzo, co-developer and biomedical engineer, says, “This is something to engage the patient in what we call self-care, and to a certain extent make them less dependent on their care providers and give them the life skills that they need in order to manage their diabetes.” Cafazzo heads the Center for Global eHelth Innovation at UHN.

The “Bant” app is free of charge and available through iTunes. The UHN hopes to have a free updated version compatible with an integral glucometer soon.



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