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    Diabetic diet compliance and the use of phone apps?

    Hello, my name is Chelsea, and I am a third year nursing student. I am interested to hear your thoughts on phone apps such as ‘Fooducate’, that offer nutritional information, claiming to be helpful for people living with diabetes. Would/do you recommend them to your clients? If so, have you noticed an improvement in your clients' health?
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    Carolien Koreneff

    Counsellor, Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator, Psychotherapist, Registered Nurse

    Carolien Koreneff is a Somatic (body-oriented) psychotherapist, Health Coach, Counsellor as well as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with over 20 years experience. She currently sees … View Profile

    Hi Chelsea, I am not familiar with the “Fooducate” app, I tend to recommend “CalorieKing” to my type 1 patients as this will help them in their carbohydrate counting.  This works well provided the patient also gets some personal input from a credentialed diabetes educator and/or dietitian.  For people with type 2 diabetes I often recommend “FoodSwitch” which makes recommendations on similar foods to what they might like, but that are lower in sugar, fat, salt, calories, etcetera. I find that people with type 2 diabetes struggle a lot more with making lasting changes.  I think personality has a lot to do with it, but age also plays a role. People with type 2 diabetes are often older and some of my elderly type 2 patients do not own smartphones, tablets or similar such technology, so then I would not make these recommendations. I do think it is important not to make assumptions. Even if someone is over 80 years of age, I will always ask them if they are “into technology”, so it given options. I hope this makes sense. Let me know if you need any futher information?

  • Carol Cole

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator

    I provide consultations in my clinic for type1 and type 2 diabetes , pre pregnancy support ,also insulin pump maintenance and initiation of insulin pumps. … View Profile

    hi Chelsea, I am a credentialled diabetes educator working privately and come across clients wanting something extra to support their decisions with food choices. I havent see the app you have mentioned but like Carolien, I suggest calorie king for Australian residents as it is applicable in our country. My type 1 clients like using it and it does make improvements in their decision making. I also suggest it for type 2 clients on multiple daily injections so yes I think apps do have their place and depending on the enthusiasm of the client they do make improvements.

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