Diabetes Management Gamified with mySugr App

A newly launched diabetes app is a fresh take on the burden of blood sugar monitoring.

FDA-approved diabetes management app mySugr has enjoyed tremendous success in Europe, and is now available in the U.S. It allows patients with insulin-treated diabetes to assume greater control of their therapy by turning the ritual of diabetes self-care into a fun, interactive experience.

Making Diabetes Management Fun

Managing one's diabetes with insulin requires notating blood glucose levels, food intake matching and insulin doses multiple times per day. Doing so is as important as it is monotonous and boring. However, despite the boredom and the monotony, neglecting or slacking off can be life-threatening.

By partnering with major patient advocacy groups like Diabetes Hands Foundation and JDRF, mySugr has gamified diabetes management with an app developed largely by other type 1 diabetics. According to co-founder Fredrik Debong, himself a type 1 diabetic:

Currently, 371 million people around the world live with diabetes. Frequent blood sugar monitoring and pattern analysis are key to optimal diabetes control, but the day-in-day-out monotony can lead even the most responsible patients to diabetes burnout. mySugr Companion transforms a manual chore into a fun, interactive game.

App Features

A selection of the features found on mySugr for iOS devices hint at how this is achieved:

  • - Gamified monitoring so that players "tame a diabetes monster" by points accumulation
  • - Quick and easy activity and food logging (includes snapshots of meals)
  • - Can complement the user's existing diabetes management tools
  • - Offers convenient and instant diabetes data analysis
  • - Features in-app challenges that help users set and reach personal goals

Additionally, the app offers secure data backup and allows users to build PDF files that can be emailed to their healthcare professionals. It also includes smart search, clear graphics and a quick multi-device sync, among other features.

You can see some videos of the app on YouTube here and here.

Endorsed by Tim Ferriss, best-selling author of The 4-Hour Body, mySugr Companion is free for download and offers in-app purchases as well.

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