Your questions answered… to the best of my abilities…
A bunch of you have been wondering if I’m a Mac or PC person. The answer is PC, by force. That is, I started out on the Mac many moons ago when I was working in magazine publishing in Germany; I loved the interface then as now. But soon I was back in the States, working in enterprise high-tech, which was all about the PCs, of course. I’ve been hitched to them ever since. Now, ironically, my husband has a MacBook for his work, and doesn’t even like it very much. Whatever. I think we’re going to all be using iPads soon anyway.
But to get to the real point of today’s post: I’ve gotten many, many queries about where to find good diabetes logging software for the Mac. So I looked into it. And the first place I looked was my inbox (I get loads of email pitches!) And guess what? I found this:
* Diabasics, for Mac OsX (universal binary) and Windows (XP or higher):
“Diabasics logs blood glucose levels, carbs and fat eaten and, if you are insulin dependent, the amount of insulin you injected. It remembers which finger you have pricked the last time you monitored your blood glucose. This way, you can avoid pricking the same finger over and over again and keep your hands sensible.” (that’s a quote – he, he – it’s made in Germany)
The program also has a large food database, and can calculate suggested insulin doses for those on injections. A free evaluation version is available on the company’s website, and the purchase price is $29.95, with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
* Also from Germany a simple logging program called GlucoTrans, which connects users of the OneTouch Ultra meter with the Mac OS. It is free to download.
Stateside (although country of origin is meaningless in tech), you can also explore these:
* HealthEngage Diabetes, which looks very appealing and supports direct data upload to the Mac from a whole bunch of glucose meter models (cable necessary). You can enter glucose readings, medication, insulin, exercise, meals, test results, and personal notes. You can also plan and record meals using the 6,700 foods from the USDA Nutrient Database, or directly input carb counts for your own favorites.
Mobile companion programs are available for Palm and PocketPC. You can also export data directly to your iPod. A free trial download is available, and prices are $59.99 for the stand-alone desktop version or $10 more with the mobile companion software.
* Health Tracker, another simple program for the Mac that you can use to log blood glucose levels. It comes from Black Cat Systems in Westminster, Maryland, which offers a variety of health logging programs for the Mac, including Diet Sleuth, a nutritional database and personal health logbook.
There’s a 15-day free trial download, and the purchase price is $19.99.
* InsulinDiaryX brags that it offers “diabetes management, Mac OS style.”
It’s a new offering from StupidFish Programming that is currently in round-3 beta testing (requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher). It looks pretty powerful and cool. If I were a Mac-ey, I would sign up. (Also ’cause I like the name “stupidfish”.)
* 1-2Tracker from ToThePoint Software, which lets Mac users track and graph BG results as well as their weight on a daily basis. It offers food, medication and exercise logs, and the ability to archive data. A free trial is available, and the purchase price is $15.
* Animas’ ezManager Max software, compatible with the Mac.
It works with a full range of Animas insulin pumps, including the OneTouch Ping, and LifeScan blood glucose meters. You can download pump and blood glucose meter data into reports and logs that can be viewed on screen, printed or emailed. (To download data from various glucose meter models, you have to obtain the necessary cable from the meter manufacturer.) ezManager is available with the purchase of new pumps for $49.00.
I’m sure this is not a comprehensive list. But it looks like there are some good options out there for PWDs who use Macs. ~Whew~ that is good to know. I mean in the sense that we patient-consumers should have plenty of choices. We don’t want to be locked into any particular format any more than “regular” consumers do, right?