Using Your Mobile Device to get Healthy
There are a lot of apps and mobile-friendly websites that can help you keep an eye on your health.
Smartphones and tablets have made health information available right at our fingertips, and there are a lot of apps and mobile-friendly websites that can help you keep an eye on your health. They can help you keep track of the medicines you take, keep a food diary, track the number of steps you take or the miles you walk or run, record your blood pressure and so much more. Most are free or cost just a dollar or two.
You can keep track of what you eat every day with apps like Lose It! (loseit.com) and MyFitnessPal (myfitnesspal.com). These apps have large databases of foods that provide nutrition info, so you can not only track calories but also the percentage of fats, carbs and protein you’re taking in each day. They also allow you to scan a food’s bar code to get instant nutrition information. And you can use them to track your physical activity and help you set weight loss goals.
Keeping track of your medicines is made easy with apps like My Med Schedule (www.mymedschedule.com) and Med Helper (medhelperapp.com). They remind you when to take your medicines, allow you to create and print schedules, track prescriptions and refills and send reports directly to your doctor.
Monitoring your blood glucose is a snap with Glucose Buddy (glucosebuddy.com), which lets you track your blood glucose readings and medicines you’re taking. Apps like Blood Pressure Watch and Blood Pressure Companion can help you record and track your blood pressure readings, which you can share with your doctor.
These apps can make monitoring health information easy, but they’re no substitute for your doctor’s advice. Browse your app store, read the user reviews and let your doctor know which ones you’re using.
Information on apps not developed by the American Heart Association is provided as a resource for our readers. They have not been reviewed or endorsed by the AHA.
UPDATED 5/31/18: Information about Heart360 deleted, the program is no longer available.