Diabetes control in your pocket

Sixteen years ago, Dag Solberg (59) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Stabilizing his blood sugar and dosing the right amount of insulin became a daily struggle. Now the postman has achieved good control – with the help of the Diabetes Diary app.

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Postman Dag Solberg from the Arctic island of Vannøya in Norway developed diabetes in adulthood. (Photo: Maverick TV)

Control results in stable values

Solberg eats what he wants and lives a normal life. But, he says, you have to know what you are doing and dose your insulin accordingly, or things can go wrong.

"When I can't manage to put two and two together and get four, then I know my blood sugar is far too low," he laughs.

Fortunately, this rarely happens now. It is natural for the values to fluctuate slightly, but it's a long time since they have been too high.

"This app has made my life easier," says Solberg. "I always have my phone with me, and I use the app every single day, at every meal. The notebooks that I used before were often left behind at home."

Life is easier

The greatest challenge for people with diabetes is to get the insulin dose right.

"The Diabetes Diary is a great help. It suggests doses based on similar situations I have logged in the past. Blood-sugar level, carbohydrate intake and measurements after injecting insulin are all taken into account. I use this function a lot and I find that the suggested doses are often very accurate. It makes my life easier," said Solberg.

"There's less to key in and I can scroll back in the history and understand what will happen in the current situation. The insulin log is worth its weight in gold," according to Solberg, who emphasizes that he assesses the log suggestion in the light of his physical activity that day.

"But often I am at work and I have done what I always do."

The Norwegian Food Composition Table in the Diabetes Diary is helpful. (Photo: NST)

Green zone

The food log also makes logging easier. Solberg has entered everyday meals in the log, such as a sandwich with liver pâté and favourites such as traditional lefse pancakes with butter and sugar. A wide variety of foods is stored in the history, and Solberg can quickly choose from the list of foods with values that have already been calculated.

Solberg says the app helps to motivate him in everyday life.

"I'm happy when I see that I'm in the green zone," he says. "That's motivating in itself."

At the beginning, the app demands some effort.

"You have to enter all meals, blood sugar values and insulin doses. It takes some time. But it's well worth the investment," Solberg emphasizes." After a while, you can select data from the history, and the logging usually goes fairly quickly."

"The Diabetes Diary is straightforward to use, even for me," smiles Solberg, who does not consider himself a technology enthusiast.

"I have not used any other apps and I don't spend much time on the Internet."