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Research / Re: Do you use apps to log your diet and/or exercise?
« Last post by Liam on Today at 02:00:00 PM »
I understand but if his (or her) research is all about apps the question is likely there to stop you in your tracks. It is weeding you out as someone that doesn't use apps. I'm with you that apps aren't as useful for diabetes as they might be. Maybe one day when our meters are all talking to mobiles (would need to be free and work with lots of tech not locked to a manufacturer) that we might find them useful.

Not to be rude but a lot of our members are older and likely don't use mobiles as much. Like just in this thread people are using PCs, this is dying in younger people imo
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General discussion / Re: Facebook Fiends & Twitter Twits!
« Last post by BBarb on Today at 01:57:13 PM »
I really think Facebook is dangerous.  I admit I'm a member but I hardly ever post there nowadays because I find it frightening how many people can access my page just as I can access their's.  I've found out things about my grown up grandchildren that quite upset me.
Some how you must tactfully stress to your partner how much you hate people knowing about you and your diabetes, and try to explain just how stressful and embarrassing you find it. 
Whatever you do, don't get cross or she may just go onto her social pages and pour out her indignation to her online friends without thinking.  You can get posts deleted on FB but its quite a hassle, though if you tackle it tactfully she may agree to remove any mention of you from her  previous posts.  She's obviously concerned about you and you are obviously in the front of her thoughts so her actions won't have been meant to upset you.
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General discussion / Re: casual attitude towards type 2s
« Last post by Liam on Today at 01:55:54 PM »
Shame they let you believe that was a real check, when it was really just a blood appointment. They only have to do the year check to get the money for looking after type IIs I believe so I guess they are doing the bare minimum. It would be sad if they only really see you if the results of the tests are bad. I could understand why (using resources where most needed) but still disappointing.

When I see someone about diabetes related things the bloods are done before the appointment. Bit useless doing it at the time as they can't help based on current results. It is easy enough for me, I just book to get my bloods done a week before the appointment.
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General discussion / casual attitude towards type 2s
« Last post by BBarb on Today at 01:13:37 PM »
John went for his half-yearly diabetic checkup today.  I was expecting him to come home elated after losing one and a half stones at Slimming World, but no took a blood sample and bid him farewell - and that was it!
I thought she'd at least have checked his weight and asked a few questions about his diet - the last one was such a helpful little girl (she seemed about 12 bless her - you know, the same age as the policemen) but he wasn't weighed or anything.  A few words of encouragement would have gone such a long way to keeping him on track.  he said she looked as though she was having a 'bad day'.
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Research / Re: Do you use apps to log your diet and/or exercise?
« Last post by Pattidevans on Today at 10:57:35 AM »
We normally have a paper calendar behind the door in the Kitchen that we write everything on, but in the move it has disappeared, either packed somewhere or still behind the kitchen door at our old home.  Fortunately hubby transferred all the appointments to his diary.
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Research / Re: Do you use apps to log your diet and/or exercise?
« Last post by Avocado on Today at 09:38:28 AM »
What I hadn't appreciated was that all my appointments and diary are on the PC with suitable reminders.  I nearly missed an appointment with the DSN at the clinic this week!  Fortunately my hubby reminded me and it was at the local hospital and not the county hospital an hour's drive away.
Phew !  Glad you made your appointment !

I have all my appointments and important info on my iCal on my computer. It's great and also good to refer back to over the years to see when we did this or that or saw whoever or had whatever appointment. But I've learned the hard way to always enter all my very important appointments on a paper calendar as well.

I and dh, who worked in computers, that's where we met, were thinking both when our GP's computer went down a couple of years ago and when the NHS computers were hacked this year, and appointments all disappeared, that both the GP and the NHS hospitals should have had a paper system in place as a back up. I don't know why they didn't. What happened, and what happens when our computers go down or the internet goes down or our computers aren't available, shows just how dependent we have become on computers. It's only in the past 20 or fewer years that this dependency has become so extreme, it's crept up on systems and individuals without people realising that a paper system is still needed in addition to computer system.
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Research / Re: Do you use apps to log your diet and/or exercise?
« Last post by Pattidevans on Today at 09:11:15 AM »
I agree Anne.  Although I am T1 and therefore not included in the survey, I find apps too fiddly - I prefer my phone to take photos, make calls and texts only.  I log on a spreadsheet on the PC but only at times when I am trying to sort a problem out.


At the moment I am deprived of my PC as there is nowhere to put it in our temporary accommodation.  What I hadn't appreciated was that all my appointments and diary are on the PC with suitable reminders.  I nearly missed an appointment with the DSN at the clinic this week!  Fortunately my hubby reminded me and it was at the local hospital and not the county hospital an hour's drive away.
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Research / Re: Do you use apps to log your diet and/or exercise?
« Last post by Avocado on Today at 07:23:39 AM »
There's nowhere, apart from on the first page of the questionnaire, for a person to indicate that they don't use a mobile app to log diet/exercise. When I first was diagnosed I logged my diet on my computer but no longer need to as I know the carbs of the food I eat. I do log my blood glucose levels on my computer (plus the meter remembers), but that isn't a "mobile app."

I do think that if someone is researching how people use mobile apps to log diet and exercise they should find out who doesn't use an app and how they 'log' it, so to speak, with other methods.....shouldn't they ?
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Research / Re: Do you use apps to log your diet and/or exercise?
« Last post by Pattidevans on Yesterday at 10:37:12 AM »
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Research / Do you use apps to log your diet and/or exercise?
« Last post by ischoolpam on Yesterday at 09:59:48 AM »
Hi, I am a lecturer and researcher at the University of Sheffield Information School, and I'm interested in finding out more about how people with type 2 diabetes use mobile apps to log diet and/or exercise as a way to help manage their condition.  In particular, I'm interested in how people choose a suitable app, the level of diligence in using it, perceptions of how trustworthy the information is that they get from the app, and any opinions on data sharing and data privacy.

You can contribute to the research by completing a short online survey that should take no more than 10 minutes of your time: https://t.co/7qzCmMkTiS

There is a little more information about the project on our website: http://bit.ly/2ryR1Z4

Thank you for your time
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