An amazing app that helps people have fun while managing their type 1 diabetes and raise funds for JDRF has now been downloaded by 70,000 people with the condition.
The app is ‘mySugr Companion' and its ultimate aim is to change the philosophy of type 1 management.
It is a motivating and engaging app that helps people with insulin-treated diabetes take control of their condition, by gaming. The app acts as a fun logbook for daily activities and is centred on a ‘diabetes monster’. Points are gained for every logbook entry made and the aim is to tame the monster and keep it at bay!
The app has been approved by the FDA as a medical device and was developed together by health care professionals, psychologists and people living with type 1 diabetes. mySugr is innovative and extremely clever allowing users to play challenges to attain goals, monitor progress and even create a sleek report for emailing to their health care team.
Fredrik Debong, one of the founders of mySugr, lives with type 1 diabetes, as does almost half the company. Speaking to JDRF for Type 1 Discovery magazine earlier this year, he said: “To many of us it is a psychological burden that is not easy to carry. ‘Gamifying’ the care process of type 1, making it more fun, could reverse the traditional negative connotations.”
Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF, said that: "Fredrik is an amazing entrepreneur and fundraiser. He is an inspiration to all of us at JDRF and we are delighted that mySugr is proving so successful."
Every month, the community challenge in mySugr results in funds being donated to research projects supported by JDRF. The more people who play, the more money is donated! In just a few days a new challenge is launching, in collaboration with the professional snowboarder Chris Southwell, who has type 1 diabetes and is one of our amazing supporters!
This hugely successful app is available to download for iPhones now and you can follow @mySugr on Twitter or Facebook. Within the next few weeks the app will finally also reach Android. By downloading the app to your phone, you will get to enjoy its personal benefits while helping JDRF to continue funding its vital research projects in finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.
If you would like to hear more, Fredrik is coming to talk about mySugr at the next Type 1 Discovery evening in London on 13 November.