Penn Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Diabetes Care: Patient Education Resources

The following websites and resources are recommended by endocrinologists and diabetes educators at Penn as reputable sources of information about endocrine disorders.

Information on these websites is not intended to replace your physician's advice. Please browse the Internet with caution, and talk to your health care provider about your own health concerns.

Resources for Diabetes
Diabetes/Medical Identification
  • American Medical ID: This company offers personalized medical ID jewelry.
  • FREE Diabetes Medical Emergency Necklace: Send a self addressed stamped envelope to: Free Diabetes Alert Necklace, Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, P.O. Box 96046, Washington, DC 20090-6046. Include your name and home address.
  • ID on Me: ID on Me designs bracelets specific for children and runners.
  • Medic Alert Foundation: This company offers a 24-hour emergency response center, an extensive line of jewelry and personal medical alarm system services.
Exercise and Nutrition
Apps for Diabetes and Weight Management

Recent smartphone and notepad apps are now available to help diabetes patients manage prescriptions, eating, and exercise. Many of them also offer analysis and graphing tools to help you make sense of the data.

The following apps have been reviewed by diabetes nurse educators at the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center.

Apps for Diabetes

  • Bant: Designed to easily capture blood glucose readings and supply trend data for up to 90 days.
  • Blood Sugar Tracker: Allows user to easily log blood sugar levels, set target blood glucose ranges, and view history and simple graphs to quickly identify numbers that are out of range.
  • Diabetes Companion: Includes complete nutrition facts for common foods, recipes, informative videos, Q&A for common diabetes related issues and blood glucose tracking tools.
  • Diabetes Log: Offers multiple languages besides English such as Dutch, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
  • GluCoMO: Allows user to track blood sugar levels, insulin intake and other health components like blood pressure and weight, activity and pulse.
  • Glucose Buddy: Users can manually enter blood glucose numbers, carbohydrate intake, insulin dosage and activities.
  • Glucose Charter: Offers a blood glucose recording tool and a food database to assist you in your dietary choices.
  • Glycemic Index Meal Planner: Calculates the overall glycemic index and glycemic load for individual meals and for the entire day; provides carbohydrates, calories, proteins, fat analysis, and future meal planning; includes information from the American Diabetes Association.
  • iRecordit Diabetes Sugar Glucose and Health Tracker: Lets users record blood sugar/glucose, blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, nutrition, exercise, medications, lab results, and general notes.
  • Islet 2.0 by iAbetics: Lets users enter glucose, insulin, food, and exercise data.
  • OnTrack: Tracks glucose, exercise, food, medication, blood pressure, pulse, and weight; includes graphs and reports that can be exported to HTML and emailed.
  • Vree for Diabetes: Includes blood glucose tracking, nutrition tracking, activity tracking, medication tracking, progress charts and blood pressure tracking.
  • WaveSense Diabetes Manager: Tracks blood glucose results, carb intake and insulin doses; features include a logbook, trend chart, email reports, color-coded results, video content and customizable target ranges for hypo-/hyperglycemia limits and mealtime schedules.
Apps for Weight Management