Launch of free clinically backed Diabetes Manager app

A free new mobile app, designed to help people with diabetes easily monitor and manage their condition, via their smartphone is now available for iPhone users.

The Diabetes Manager app, launched by the UK's leading independent health website Patient has been developed by clinicians and patients with diabetes, to enable people with diabetes to effectively track and record their essential data relating to their condition, such as the number and severity of hypos, blood glucose levels and food and drink intake.

This app is tailored to meet the needs of people who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes and is completely customisable.

Dr Hayley Willacy, Patient's Clinical Content Editor, who peer-reviewed Diabetes Manager said: "One of the most useful and practical aspects to this app is the ability for patients to see their records easily in a graph and save their most notable records as talking points to discuss with their GP. What's more they can export and share their results with their doctor."

David Cragg, a patient with diabetes who provided user insight to patient.info during the development of the app said: "It's great that an organisation such as Patient has engaged people with diabetes to help shape their iPhone application. The resulting application has some truly unique features, such as marking notable entries to help locate results when discussing concerns with health care professionals."

Diabetes Manager is free to download at the iTunes store.

Diabetes Fact File:

  • In the UK about one in 20 people aged over 65 and around one in five people aged over 85 have diabetes.
  • Type 2 diabetes is also becoming increasingly more common in children and young people and it's estimated that there are around 750,000 people in the UK with type 2 diabetes who have not yet been diagnosed with the condition
  • About 1 in 300 people in the UK develop type 1 diabetes, which is thought to be an autoimmune disease.
  • Symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include feeling thirsty a lot of the time, passing large amounts of urine, weight loss and tiredness.