5 Reasons To Try A Diabetes Data App


Are you unsure of what diabetes data you should be collecting? Or afraid of losing your logbook? Forgetting to log your insulin doses? You should try a DMP! Trust us, you’ll never go back to a traditional logbook again.

Diabetes management platforms (DMP), or diabetes data apps, are an excellent way to keep track of your blood sugars, insulin intake, food, exercise, and more. Not only can you log all of your information in one place, but you can share this information seamlessly with your healthcare team ahead of your appointment.

Here are 5 reasons why you should try a diabetes management platform.

1. Your hands won’t cramp anymore.

How many times have your hands cramped up from writing things down? No more! With the tap of just a few buttons, you can log all of your health information in a diabetes data app for you and your doctor. Less stress on your hands, less cramping. Win-win.

2. DMPs replace multiple tasks.

Not only will using a DMP put less stress on your hands, but it will put less stress on your mind too! Whether you’re super organized or not so much, using a DMP will make it super easy to log all of your information in one place, replacing multiple tasks.

This includes logging blood sugar levels, insulin doses, workouts, medications, and food intake. You can even set reminders on your phone or computer to remind you to log too.

3. You can easily share the information with your doctor.

If you use a website or an app to track all of your information, you can share the information with your doctor ahead of your appointment. This will save time during your appointment for actually meeting with your doctor. Instead of shuffling through logbooks and papers or waiting for your doctor to upload the information, they can spend more time on you.

Your doctor can look at trends and reports from your data and spend the appointment time addressing any questions or concerns you have as well as make the necessary changes to your diabetes management.

Using a DMP saves time and ensures your time is being used effectively. Read how diabetes data can improve your doctors’ visits.

4. They are free and easily accessible.

With a DMP, there’s no worry about buying a new journal, your pen running out of ink, or forgetting your paper logbook. Diabetes data apps and websites are free AND they are easily accessible. All you need is access to Wifi or a smartphone.

Psst! You might already be using one if you’re using diabetes tech. Most continuous glucose monitors, blood glucose meters, smart pens and more come with a connected app!

5. See the bigger picture! 

With more data, you can see the bigger picture in your diabetes management. Rather than looking at each individual blood sugar reading, you and your healthcare team can look at larger trends and patterns, including time in range.

It’s much easier to adjust medication doses and timing, food timing, workout timing, and more when you can see how they interact over a 7-day, 14-day, or 30-day period. The more data, the bigger the picture.

The bigger the picture, the closer you are to living your best life with diabetes.

Diabetes management platforms are an excellent tool for managing any kind of diabetes – helping you to stay organized, log all of your information and share it with your doctor in an effective and efficient way.

Not sure which diabetes app or website is right for you? Check out this guide to see available options and how they work. Ask your healthcare team if they use a preferred platform and how to get you started with one today!

Editor’s note: Educational content related to diabetes management platforms (DMP) is made possible with support from Lilly Diabetes, an active partner of Beyond Type 2 at the time of publication. Editorial control rests solely on Beyond Type 2.

WRITTEN BY Erika Szumel, POSTED 10/07/22, UPDATED 10/07/22

Erika has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since 2000 and has strived to be an advocate for the diabetes community ever since. Every November she shares her thoughts and photos on living with T1D on Facebook to help raise awareness for the disease. Erika earned her BA in Visual & Sound Media at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and began her career as a TV producer. Living at the Jersey shore, Erika is a lover of the little things, the ocean, and pork roll.