Apple's 12 picks for diabetes management apps, 2017 edition

By Jonah Comstock
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More than two years ago, when Apple first added a list of diabetes management apps to its app store, we covered the list of 13 top picks. A lot can change in a few years, however. And while a few of those same apps still appear on Apple’s current list of 12 diabetes management apps, there’s plenty of new names — though not all new to MobiHealthNews readers — as well.

Read on for Apple’s current 12 picks for apps for managing diabetes.

One Drop for Diabetes Management: An FDA-cleared app, One Drop has both a free and a pro version, the latter coming with the company’s Chrome Meter lancing device and coaching services. On the companion app, users with type 1, type 2 or pre-diabetes can log a variety of information: glucose, diet, activity and insulin. Users can share that information anonymously with a community of users, and the platform also offers users actionable insights based on their data.

OneTouch Reveal: This companion app for the OneTouch Verio Flex meter, OneTouch Reveal comes from LifeScan, a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary. The meter sends readings wirelessly to the app, and users can use it to see current data and colorful charts depicting 14, 30, and 90-day summaries. Users can also share info with healthcare professionals via email or text.

Dexcom G5 Mobile: The first of two Dexcom apps on Apple’s list, Dexcom G5 Mobile allows users of Dexcom’s G5 continuous glucose monitor to see their readings, which are taken every five minutes, and share them. It also forwards trend alerts when a user’s glucose level goes too high or too low. It connects to HealthKit to send that data out to other apps that might need it, and can send data to five other users via Dexcom’s follow app (which shows up further down the list).

Blip Notes: Blip, from California nonprofit Tidepool Project, is a platform for aggregating data from different diabetes devices. Blip Notes is an important part of the platform because it allows the user to take qualitative notes about what was happening when a reading came up on a particular device. It supports hashtags to easily connect readings that happen in conjunction with a regular event like a particular meal or a sports practice.