A Review of Nutritional Tracking Mobile Applications for Diabetes Patient Use

Alaina Darby, Matthew W. Strum, Erin Holmes, Justin Gatwood

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Abstract

Diabetes, a prevalent disease in the United States, is greatly impacted by lifestyle choices, notably nutrition. The goal of this research was to determine which of the nutritional tracking applications (apps) available for Apple (Cupertino, CA) iOS, Android® (Google, Mountain View, CA), and Windows (Microsoft, Redmond, WA) platforms should be a first recommendation to diabetes patients searching for a smartphone app to aid in dietary logging and, for some apps, other varying lifestyle and health data. This project did so by identifying the smartphone apps available on the iTunes® (Apple), Google Play, and Microsoft stores that have nutritional tracking capabilities and are of potential benefit to a patient with diabetes based on certain criteria. Each of the individual apps was then evaluated to determine which would be of most benefit to a diabetes patient. The apps were assessed based on several parameters, such as their food databases, logging options, additional tracking options, interoperability with other devices and apps, and diabetes-specific resources. This information was then compiled and evaluated to determine which apps would be of most benefit for diabetes patients. This research provides valuable information for both patients and healthcare providers because the results of this study can be used as a reference for practitioners wishing to make app recommendations for diabetes patients who are implementing lifestyle change as an aspect of therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-212
Number of pages13
JournalDiabetes Technology and Therapeutics
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
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A Review of Nutritional Tracking Mobile Applications for Diabetes Patient Use. / Darby, Alaina; Strum, Matthew W.; Holmes, Erin; Gatwood, Justin.

In: Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, Vol. 18, No. 3, 01.03.2016, p. 200-212.

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Darby, Alaina ; Strum, Matthew W. ; Holmes, Erin ; Gatwood, Justin. / A Review of Nutritional Tracking Mobile Applications for Diabetes Patient Use. In: Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics. 2016 ; Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 200-212.
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