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Open Q&A and Diabetes Apps with Dr. Rajamani, June 13, 2012
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:

 Welcome to the Unity Diabetes Online Community! I’m Dr. Rajamani and I’ll be hosting today’s chat. We’re glad you could join us today. I’m excited to share information with you about many of the new diabetes apps and to answer all of your diabetes-related questions. Before we get started let me just tell you how we’ll address your questions and comments today. I answer questions one at a time, in the order that they are posted to the site, and there might be a slight delay as I respond.

 sassy35:
 I've heard about these apps you can use - how do they work?
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 Apps are really nice. You generally need a smart phone or an iPad or Android device to use them. They help you monitor several different functions such as your blood glucose, carb intake and exercise.
sassy35:
  Can you download info to your doctor from them?
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 An app that I have tried is glucose buddy for the iPhone. It allows you to make PDFs and send then as an attachment to your doctor.
 Avenger:
 Are there any apps for helping with carb counting?
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 For carb counting, you could use CalorieKing. There are several apps for iPhone carb control. Most are free.  There is Lennie the lion for kids, and for Android, you could try OnTrack diabetes.
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 If you have an iPhone 4, you can ask Siri (if you have no one else to ask)
 sassy35:
 Do you have a lot of patients that use apps now?
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 Carb tracker for iPhone allows you to track carbs.  Also try My Fitness Pal.
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 If people have a smart phone, they are using it more. It helps people on a personal level. Some physicians may also like to see the results in the office.
 lucyblue:
 How can you share results with your doctor?
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 Right now it would be making the document into a PDF and emailing it as an attachment to your doctor.
  Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 The iPhone has a blood glucose meter that allows you to use the phone as your meter. Data then does not need to be manually entered. This makes it into a file that can be emailed.
 lucyblue:
 Wow - how can I get one of those meters?
  Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 The meter plugs into the base of the phone and you can see the blood glucose on the phone.
 sassy35:
 That's amazing - what kind of meter is it?
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 You can get the meter at the Apple store.
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 The meter is called the IBG star
 lucyblue:
 Thank you Dr. Rajamani - very helpful information!
 Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 That’s all the time we have for today. I’ve really enjoyed our conversation and hope that I was able to provide some insight for you. If we didn’t get to your question today or if you think of another question later on – feel free to jump into the conversation in the forum, or submit a question using our “Ask an expert” feature. Be sure to join us for our next chat Wednesday, July 11 at 12 p.m. – an open Q&A session with Dr. Bingham.
  Dr. Rajamani @ Unity:
 Bye.
 
 
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