Gain insight into diabetes and stress management.
DeSA allows you to track multiple health and fitness parameters, with special focus on diabetes management. You can log blood glucose, carbohydrate intake, insulin, activity, weight and stress levels.
Blood glucose monitoring is the main tool you have to check your diabetes control. The measured values can be added manually or by using 2in1 SMART, an external measuring device that connects to your iPhone or iPad and automatically saves your daily measurements.
For activity tracking, Fitbit or iPhone's in-built activity tracker (where available) can be used; this way your activity is logged automatically if you have your iPhone or activity tracker on you. Using a step counter is an easy and fun way to track how active you are. It adds up all the steps you take during the day which can remind you get more exercise, feel better, and stay healthy.
Keep tabs on your nutrient and calorie intake with the help of a food diary. DeSA uses the the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference which contains nutrient data for over 7,500 food items for up to 143 food components.The application then displays a breakdown of your total carbohydrates, fat, protein and sugar intake.
By monitoring your insulin use, you can find an insulin routine that will keep your blood glucose near normal, help you feel good, and fit your lifestyle. The DeSA app helps users with diabetes keep track of their short and long-acting insulin use and cleraly displays them on the chart.
Being overweight, especially around your waistline, makes it more difficult for you to manage your diabetes and increases your risk of heart disease. A small weight loss (5-10% of body weight) can make a big difference to your diabetes management, and, as a consequence, reduce your risk of developing complications like heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
Stress affects everyone, but some suffer more than others. Being able to identify your stress triggers can help you get back on a healthy track. Select your stress level on a 7-point scale and also add notes that will help you identify the situation, preceding events and resulting symptoms.
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