Smartphone application may benefit individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Want to receive convenient diabetes advice and light-hearted tips on how to feel better about having the disease? Well, there may be an app for that.

The smartphone application "Shot in the Arm" can be downloaded by individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes who use Apple technology, such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod. While hearing lectures from physicians or dietary specialists may be overwhelming, the new tool may provide people with mood-boosting humorous information and quick helpful advice on diabetes management.

The app's developer, NashSmile LLC, provided a few examples of the types of messages that users would receive.

As a daily piece of advice, one might be sent an electronic note that reads, "A good rule of thumb for handling an insulin reaction: If your blood glucose shows you're below 80, treat it with fast-acting carbohydrates - not a cookie or fruit."

Likewise, to help individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes avoid feeling depressed about their condition, the application allows users to receive daily quotes from comedians.

For example, one may read this quote from funny man Bruce Streibel: "Whoever said 'No man is an island' has never seen my stomach in the bath tub."

Diabetes management can sometimes be taxing to individuals who suffer from the disease, which is why getting automatic alerts while on-the-go may help individuals feel less overwhelmed. Also, children who have the illness may benefit from receiving subtle reminders to care for their health while they are at school during the day.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 9 percent of the U.S. adult population is affected by type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, and the organization estimates that more than 18 million diabetics have not been officially diagnosed with the condition.