With the number of apps in Apple’s App Store standing at more than 250,000 it’s no surprise that there are a number of diabetes-related apps amongst them.
Such apps require users to manually enter information such as glucose numbers, carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages and activities to allow diabetics to better control the disease. A new plug-in attachment for the iPhone and iPod touch called the iBGStar takes things one step further by incorporating a blood glucose meter that allows users to view and analyze readings in ‘real time’.
The compact device attaches to the iPhone/iPod touch’s dock connector and uses the iDevice to perform computational functions and display results – although the iBGStar also functions as a stand-alone blood glucose meter and includes a backlit display to provide a blood glucose level readout without being connected to an iPhone/iPod touch.
When connected, however, the device automatically syncs data with the iBGStar Diabetes Manager App to keep track of blood glucose, carbs intake and insulin dose that can easily be shared with healthcare professionals. The app also allows users to input specific notes for personalized information to help analyze patterns and variations to make better-informed diabetes-related decisions.