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Apps helping younger people manage their diabetes

Mobile applications are being utilised to reach young people with diabetes, and the Diabetes UK app has recently been recognised with an internet initiative award.

Diabetes UK’s iPhone tracker app has been judged as “highly commended” in the recent Nominet Internet Awards, which aim to celebrate the achievements of UK internet initiatives. 

The app allows people with diabetes to track a range of parameters, such as blood glucose, insulin and carbohydrates, and also allows individuals to record how they are feeling. Entires can be shared, for example with healthcare professionals, or via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. In the first 6 months of its launch, the app has been downloaded more than 18 000 times.

The app can be downloaded by searching for Diabetes UK in the App Store on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, or click to download the Diabetes UK Tracker app from the App Store.

For further information, visit: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/How_we_help/Diabetes-iPhone-Tracker-app/

Elsewhere, Professor Jonathan Pinkney’s group at the Peninsula Medical School has been awarded a 1-year research grant to design and test apps. The project will see collaboration between researchers at the University of Plymouth, the past chair of a Diabetes UK voluntary group, and more than 200 young people with diabetes to design and test apps that help them plan and achieve good outcomes for appointments with their healthcare providers. In the longer term, an objective of this research is to improve young people’s satisfaction with and attendance at consultations with their healthcare team. 

For further information on the project, visit: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Research/Current-research/Apps-help-young-people-set-the-agenda/

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