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Diabetes app: ways to set, track your goals

behaviors_screenWhat's the best way to monitor your activity, if you have diabetes?

You can spend lots of money for a fancy activity-tracking device.

You can invest in a pedometer to count your steps.

Or, consider downloading a free app on your smartphone created by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Upstate physical therapist Karen Kemmis is an executive board member of the association.

“This helps a person set and track goals related to seven self-care behaviors for diabetes self-management, including increasing physical activity,” Kemmis says.

The others include eating healthier, monitoring blood glucose, taking medications as prescribed, learning how to solve ordinary and unusual problems, reducing the risk for complications and coping with emotional issues.

magazine-fall16cvrThis article appears in the fall 2016 issue of Upstate Health magazine.