Verify your email address to receive email notifications.

Verification sent. Please check your inbox to verify your address.

Unable to send verification. Please try again later.

Get information from qualified health professionals on the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    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?
  • Find a professional to answer your question

  • 1

    Agree

    3

    Thanks

    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.

answer this question

You must be a Health Professional to answer this question. Log in or Sign up .

You may also like these related questions

Ask a health question
Community Sponsor(s)

Empowering Australians to make better health choices