Living with diabetes can feel like a constant battle against the numbers: your blood sugar levels, your A1C levels, your blood pressure, your sugar intake… Fortunately, technology is here to help! From phone apps to wearables, here are just a few ways that new tech can help you manage your numbers — and your diabetes — to live a healthier and more active life.
Manage Your Meals
If you live with diabetes, you know the importance of watching what you eat. Counting macronutrients like carbohydrates, for example, can help to keep your blood glucose stable, which in turn can prevent many of the health problems commonly associated with diabetes.
Even if you know how important it is, though, keeping track of everything you eat can still sound like a hassle. The good news is that there are more meal-tracking apps than ever to simplify the process and to help you turn your healthy diet into a lifelong habit. Try out a few of the apps designed specifically for people with diabetes to see which one works best for you and your lifestyle
MySugr is one diet tracking app that provides a wealth of charts and reports to use with your healthcare team. Want to get direct motivation from friends and family? Try Health2Sync, which allows you to link to those you love, so they can send you reminders and encouragement when you need it most. Simply want more knowledge about what foods you should eat, and which you should lay off? Fooducate gives detailed information on the caloric quality of foods, in addition to all the other carb and sugar stats you need to know. With the wealth of apps on the market, there’s no excuse not to find one that fits your needs — and once you’ve found it, it’s up to you to use it!
Bonus tip: Apps aren’t the only way to use your phone to eat smarter. Most restaurants now have nutritional information available online, so you can scope out the menu before you head out to eat. Knowing in advance what the healthy dishes are — or how many grams of sugar are in that dessert — can make it easier to eat smart and resist temptation when it comes.
Track Your Health
In today’s world there is data for everything, and, when you have diabetes, monitoring that data can be a literal lifesaver. Invest in a fitness band or smartwatch to track your physical activity, your heart rate, and more — all from your wrist.
With a smartwatch, you’ll get alerts and notifications in addition to reviewing the stats of your health and workouts. Try something like the Samsung Galaxy Watch with its analog look and easy-to-use heart rate tracking in order to keep tabs on your own cardiac health, and to make sure you’re staying active throughout the day.
If you’re looking for something cheaper, there are a range of affordable fitness trackers — such as the waterproof Fitbit Ionic and the lightweight Fitbit Inspire HR — that focus on the physical activity component of your health, without the fancy additions of a smartwatch. They also typically have a longer battery charge than smartwatches. Find one that works for you, your style, and your budget, and get moving!
From the food you put in your body to the exercise you get out of it, monitoring your health is a crucial part of managing your diabetes. Fortunately, tech today makes it simpler than ever to keep tabs on the measurements that matter most, allowing you to live your life with less stress, fewer distractions, and more healthy, active days.
Editor note: Many thanks to Justin for this fascinating article. Discover more great exercise and healthy living tips from Justin’s site at http://healthyfit.info/