Top diabetes apps

Diabetes apps are changing the way people manage, track and share information about their condition.

Here, Dr Partha Kar, NHS England's Associate National Clinical Director for Diabetes, selects his favourite five.

Carbs & Cals


Price: £3.99
Available on: iTunes and Google Play

The Carb & Cals app allows you to track your calories by selecting a photo of your meal from a library of more than 3,500 photos of food and drink. Simply compare the food on your plate to the photos in the app, choose the relevant portion size, and get an instant view of the calories and nutrients in your portion. Using photos instead of entering data manually makes this app the quickest way to monitor your diet on the move. You can set your own dietary targets and upload photos of your favourite food and drink. Developed in association with King's College Hospital.


Price: Free
Available on: iTunes and Google Play

With the Diasend app, you can securely upload data from all your different diabetes devices to produce one simple report, which you can use to track your condition and share with your healthcare team. The app is compatible with more than 100 devices, including glucose meters, insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGMs), mobile apps and activity trackers, such as Fitbit, Jawbone Up and Nike Fuelband. You can also connect the app with an online account on the Diasend website, where you can view all your data presented in easy to understand tables and graphs.


Price: Free
Available on: iTunes and Google Play

mySugr was designed to make tracking your diabetes fun and motivating. The app turns logging data into a game with a points system and short and playful challenges. Your daily quest is to eat the right foods to tame your "diabetes monster", a cute little green creature. The app helps you control your blood sugar levels, monitor your carbs, track your insulin use, and avoid hypers and hypos. You can also add photos of meals and emoticons that capture actions and mood. All this fun has a serious side – to help improve your diabetes management.

Sugar Smart

Price: Free

Available on: iTunes and Google Play

The Sugar Smart app shows you quickly and easily how much sugar is in many shop-bought foods and drinks. The app, from Public Health England, lets you scan the barcode of different products so you can see how many 4g cubes of sugar each contains. You can also keep track of the last 10 products you've scanned. Use the app to make healthier choices and cut your sugar intake.

Diabetes Diagnostics

Price: Free
Available on: iTunes and Google Play

Diabetes Diagnostics is designed to help you get the correct treatment when you're first diagnosed. The app, developed by Exeter University, uses test results, including a genetic risk score, and calculators to identify the most likely type of diabetes, from type 1 and 2 diabetes to rarer forms of the disease. Getting an accurate diagnosis from the start can help reduce the chance of someone receiving the wrong treatment, which can be harmful.

Page last reviewed: 19/01/2017

Next review due: 19/01/2020


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