Modern Family Medicine’s Best Health Apps for 2016
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is great at helping you track not only your food, exercise, weight and water intake but also the nutrient value in the foods you eat. It is great to help with both weight loss, maintaining weight, and to help those who need to gain weight. It does take some discipline in updating your food intake.
FMC – Free Menstrual Calendar
For females – keeping track of your menses is important to note for your hormonal and sexual health. You physician needs accurate information as to when your last cycle was to ensure that any medications prescribed do not interfere with potential pregnancy or hormonal changes. It also helps track when you are most fertile. The app is great for peri-menopausal women to see patterns in their cycles, as well.
Keep track of your medications, appointments, and medical journaling on this app. It helps you keep organized. So many patients forget the dosages and even the name of the medications they are taking. But this app helps people become good historians which helps your physician to be able to take better care of you.
Blood Pressure Monitor – Family Lite by Taconic System, LLC for Iphone
Blood Pressure Log for Google
Keep records of your blood pressure , hear rate, and weight in this app. It creates graphs and logs you can show your physician. Proper record keeping is important when trying to control blood pressure and monitoring medication response.
Glucose Buddy – Diabetes Logbook
This app has been in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Forecast Magazine, Wired Magazine, DiabetesMine.com, MedGadget.com, Mendosa.com, Diabetes Health Magazine, JDRF newsletters and MobHealthNews. This app allows diabetic patients to enter blood sugar results, carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages and activities.
Migraine Buddy – Healint
If you suffer from migraines, it is important to keep track of your headaches. This information can help your physician provide you with the best treatment possible after reviewing your tracker. This app was designed by neurologists and data scientists. It also has Healthkit integration.
Round Health – A beautiful medicine by Circadian Design
Medisafe Meds and Pill Reminder
These apps provide reminders to take your medicine. Proper timing of medication administration is critical to the function of most medications. For those of us that sometimes get too busy and forget to take our meds, this app is very helpful. It also stores your medication list, and let’s you know when you are due for refills. It is essential for anyone taking multiple medications.
AnxietyCoach by Mayo Clinic
For $4.99, you can use this self-help tool to help reduce most common anxiety issues, including obsessive compulsions, shyness, fears, social anxiety, panic attacks, trauma related anxiety, and general worries, etc. The strategies are based on CBT – cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT is most effective for fears and worries. Follow up with your physician to ensure that there are no other underlying medical conditions that need to be treated.
Welzen Mindfulness Meditation
Get in the zone with free meditations and coaching sessions. Jumpstart your concentration and control stress and anxiety with their free 5 day trial.
Sleep and Relaxation
Relax and fall asleep to soothing melodies with this app. Get your 8-9 hours of Zzzs.
And don’t forget to make an appointment to see you primary care physician once a year! Modern Family Medicine is taking new patients. Schedule your physical at modernfamilymedicine.com or call us at (602) 363-1631.