More mobile app options for managing diabetes

Apps for helping people manage diabetes have another player on the scene: HealthSeeker, a free mobile app that just launched last week and is backed by Lilly and the US-based Diabetes Hands Foundation.

The new app, created by Ayogo Games, began as a Facebook application, where it now has some 8,400 users. Like some of its competitors, the app assists with diabetes management through games, or "missions," that encourage exercise and healthy eating. Complete a mission successfully and earn points and "kudos" from fellow players and Facebook friends. Alongside Lilly, the company is also backed by major funding from pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Smartphone-equipped diabetics have no shortage of disease-management apps from which to choose. A new app designed with diabetic teenagers in mind aims to make daily testing of glucose levels, while juggling homework and extracurricular activities, a little easier. DiaPETic, designed by interactive designer Emily A. Ellen, is an iPhone and iPod Touch app that allows young users to create a pet avatar that encourages glucose testing and offers tips for managing the disease. Similar to WebKinz and Club Penguin, users gather points that they can redeem for accessories for their pet avatar. "The fun is in 'unlocking' new items, and your avatar can morph into a new animal over time," writes popular diabetes community-based website Diabetes Mine.

Other apps designed to manage diabetes include Medtronic MiniMed's Carb Counting with Lenny, a free download on the Apple Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, which features a nutrition guide and interactive games designed to reinforce healthy eating for kids. Also, Merck's Vree for Diabetes is smartphone app that provides a set of easy-to-use tools to help people with type 2 diabetes track their blood sugar, medications, diet, and activity level, with helpful features such as progress charts and live reminders.

Download the HealthSeeker app now: http://healthseekergame.org/mobile.html

Or learn more on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/diabetesHF

Watch a video about the Facebook game: http://vimeo.com/12376707

 

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