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Tracking Medical Information With 10 Smartphone Apps!

These days it seems that there’s an app for everything. Many of these, like the electric razor app, which displays an electric razor while causing the phone to vibrate, are pointless fun, others however, can have a great deal of practical use.

There’s no doubt about it, smartphones and wearables have opened many possibilities for users on the go, and one of the most important fields that’s integrating smart technology is medicine. Medical apps make managing illnesses like diabetes much simpler than in the past, and with hundreds of thousands of options being released each year, patients have more selection than ever to track their progress. There are plenty of smartphone apps that can help keep their diagnosis under control by allowing users to record and track blood glucose levels, connect with others, track food intake, and send all the data directly to their doctors. Here are ten great apps for diabetics!

1. Glooko (iPhone, Android): Allows diabetics to upload glucose readings directly from their meter. Users can download readings from multiple meters to create one logbook. The app comes with a built in food database, so users can input their meals, and it allows them to a variety of ways to view trends.

2. Glucose Buddy (iPhone and Android): Users can log their blood glucose levels, food, insulin dosages, activities, A1C, blood pressure and weight. This app allows users to set reminders to check their glucose levels.

3. Diabetes App (iPhone): Allows users to input all of their diabetes related data. Diabetics can budget their carbohydrate allowance. Also users can link their app with their Twitter feed.

4. Social Diabetes (Android): For those diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1. It allows users to input their glucose levels. After eating a meal, the app will tell those users how much insulin they need to take. There are plenty of graphs that show glucose and A1C levels over time. This app also has a social feature. Users can connect with others of the same diagnosis for encouragement.

5. Diabetes Plus (Android): Users can input their blood glucose levels, dosage of insulin, carbohydrates, activities, blood pressure, pulse, weight, and notes. Users can define their target glucose range and will be notified if they are under or over their target. It also calculates the average of glucose levels, A1C, and average dosage. Users can also print the information directly from their smartphones.

6. My Diabetes (Android): Logs data such as glucose levels, insulin, medications, carbohydrates, notes and time categories. The app tracks and graphs weight, blood pressure, pulse, A1C, cholesterol, ketones, and physical activities. It also calculates the correct insulin dosage and carbohydrate intake.

7. On Track Diabetes (iPhone, Android): Users can track blood glucose, A1c, food, and weight. Categories can be edited or added to suit users’ needs, and it creates detailed graphs that can be shared with their physician.

8. Diabetes Companion (Android): Like most apps, users can track their glucose levels, A1c, weight, and blood pressure. The app creates useful graphs and provides data analysis, and unlike other apps, it provides users with engaging challenges.

9. Diabetes Connect (iPhone, Android): Diabetes can record all of their diabetes-related data. Their data can be synced across multiple devices, and users can also view their data on the web. This app is suitable for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

10. SiDiary Diabetes Management (Android): Allows users to sync their data with their web profiles. The app tracks all diabetes-related data, like blood glucose levels, A1c, medications, and weight.

Pet Owners Spend Big on Healthcare

What would you do to save your dog or cat? If your beloved family pet was sick or injured, what would you be willing to pay for proper treatment? In a recent survey, 70% of pet owners indicated that they would be willing to “pay anything” for their pet’s health.

More than $55.7 billion was spent on pet products in the U.S. during 2013, and it’s estimated more than $58.5 billion will be spent in 2014. U.S. pet owners spent $27 billion on animal medication and visits to the vet in 2013.

Like their owners, pets often require medicine to regain their health after becoming sick or injured. A recent study by qSample found that less than 10 percent of pet owners shop online for their pet’s pharmaceutical needs. 70 percent fill prescriptions right at the veterinary clinic, but this can be expensive.

On average, dogs typically cost their owners about $8,000 over their lifetimes, while cats cost their owners around $10,000. However if your dog or cat needs immediate emergency care it’s easy to rack up a bill of $2-3K in a single visit. A visit to an emergency vet clinic can cost anywhere from $100-$400, and that’s before any tests or procedures. Emergency surgeries can cost anywhere from $2,000-$5,000, depending on the severity of the injury, but even after a surgery is over, the bills can still pile up.

Vet Healthcare Costs

According to a recent survey by Kroger Co., 61 percent of pet owners say they’d spend between $100 and $1,000 for life saving medical treatment. Another 15 percent would be willing to pay between $1,000 and $3,000 for treatment. Ten percent of owners said they would be willing to pay $3,000 or more for medical care if their pet required it.

No matter where owners find treatment, it isn’t cheap. The best way to prepare for unexpected vet costs is with animal healthcare insurance. qSample found that 97 percent of pet owners surveyed had insurance, and 60% use VPI. Pets Best and Petplan were the next most popular choices, but only 8 percent chose each. Animal healthcare can be expensive, but most pet owners are willing to spend big for the ones they love.

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Mobile Users, Gamers, Voters, Contractors, Home Owners, Students, Baby Boomers, Veterinarians, and Pet Owners.

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