While the vast majority of diabetics still prefer blood glucose monitors there is growing interest in mobile phone applications.
(PRWEB) March 06, 2013
A poll carried out by the DiabetesForum.com, which offers diabetes news, help and support, has confirmed that the vast majority of diabetics still prefer basic blood sugar tracking methods. However, there seems to be growing interest in mobile applications many of which allow blood sugar levels to be measured and recorded on the move.
Bob Sheth, of the DiabetesForum.com website, commented upon the results of the online poll suggesting that "While the vast majority of diabetics still prefer blood glucose monitors there is growing interest in mobile phone applications. It is interesting to see that the use of mobile apps is slightly above the old-fashioned pen and paper method as more diabetics look to embrace new technology."
While there are some who may be surprised to learn that blood glucose monitors (47.67%) are still the more favoured means of tracking blood sugar levels there is growing interest in mobile apps (16%) with good old-fashioned pen and paper attracting (15.66%) - making up the top three methods of choice. It is unclear why mobile apps still lag the market leader to such an extent although perhaps there is a need to build up a trust factor with regards to new technology and very personal health issues.
Bob Sheth also commented upon the results with surprise adding "While the make-up of the top three most popular methods for tracking blood sugar levels was probably expected, it was interesting to learn that 7.67% of those who took part in the poll do not track their blood sugar levels on a regular basis. Tracking your blood sugar levels throughout the day can help to pinpoint spikes in the measurement and help identify what might be causing them. This information can then be used to improve general health and avoid potential life-threatening situations."
Slowly but surely the diabetic industry is moving with the new technology times although it may well be a long-term battle with those who prefer to stick with blood glucose monitors and good old-fashioned pen and paper. However, the fact that the vast majority of diabetics will have access to a mobile phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week would seem to suggest there is potential for improved demand in the area of mobile apps.
The ability to measure your blood sugar levels on the move, to record and analyse at a later date is priceless in the fight against diabetes. The more information available to individuals, the better they can adjust their lifestyle, and the more information available to researchers, the more control doctors will have over diabetes going forward.
It will be interesting to see whether the take-up of diabetic mobile apps improves in the short, medium and longer term and indeed whether this method of collecting and analysing blood is ever fully embraced by the diabetes community.
Mark Benson, Editor, DiabetesForum.com, gthe Diabetes Forum for help and support
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Note to editors:
1. This research poll was carried out online, on the DiabetesForum.com website, between 1 February 2013 and 26 February 2013.
2. The data was collected, verified and analysed by PollDaddy.com enabling the individual analysis and breakdown of each option. The full poll results can be viewed at https://polldaddy.com/poll/6872624/.
3. The poll was open to members and non-members of the DiabetesForum.com website and the total number of votes received was 300.
4. Votes were received from a total of 26 countries.
5. The breakdown of the votes was, pen and paper 47 votes, spreadsheet 16 votes, mobile app 48 votes, website app 8 votes, PC/Mac software 13 votes, blood glucose meters/monitors 143 votes, nothing 23 votes and other received 2 votes.