In-depth reviews of the Glucose Buddy app.

User review


: Member of the public, Auckland, New Zealand
Date of review: September 2021
Comments: Meal IQ gives carbohydrate calculations from a photo without leaving the app.

Clinical review

: Angela Lambie, Pharmacist, Waitematā District Health Board
Date of review: April 2020
Version: 5.234 (Apple) 
Comments: Many issues with the earlier versions have been resolved with upgraded versions of the app. The premium version enables an HbA1c calculator and more frequent blood glucose graphs and reports (default is weekly for the free version). 
Safety concerns: No.
New Zealand relevance: The app can pair with blood glucose monitors that are available in New Zealand. Units can be adjusted to suit New Zealand, eg, recording weight in kilograms and HbA1c in percentages.

Clinical review

: Gail Keane, Registered Nurse, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Self-management Coordinator, Waitematā PHO
Date of review: July 2016
Version: 1.0 (Android)
Comments: Overall this app is not particularly helpful or easy to use and I would be hesitant to recommend it. It may have limited use in a younger user who is more technically savvy and has type 1 diabetes, although I think there would be better apps than this. For someone with type 2 diabetes who often already has established co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease, I would more likely recommend the MyFitnessPal app as it gives a greater range of recording options in terms of recording portion size and calories, and provides comprehensive nutritional information. There also seems to be a better connection between exercise and food intake on MyFitnessPal in terms of overall management. The flow and navigation of the Glucose Buddy app is poor – it is tedious to constantly switch between screens to record information. It is frustrating that settings such as measurement in kilograms do not automatically carry across to the weight section as it defaults to pounds. On the whole the app is cumbersome and awkward to use. 
New Zealand relevance: Measurements can be stored as metric units such as kilograms and centimetres, as used in New Zealand, but this function does not appear to work very well. Has the option for the user to record blood glucose measurements in mmol/L and HbA1C as percentages – units used in New Zealand.     

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