Six years ago when I started to ride my bike and train a lot I dreamed of an app like Engine1. An app that could take my blood sugar, the carbohydrates I have eaten and let me know how working out would effect my blood sugar. For years I got much better at understanding my body and how being on the bike or running would effect my blood sugar. My plan wasn't perfect, I would often start with a blood sugar that was above my set range. I would also eat the wrong foods before training or racing. I thought I knew what worked best and was happy with my results as an athlete living with diabetes.
I was then asked to be a beta tester for the Engine1 app, everything sounded great on paper but could this app really deliver? The answer is yes and personally I have had much better results while racing because of the application. Last week as I prepared for a forty mile bike ride I turned to Engine1 has I have done each and everyday for the past five months. In the past I would set a temp basal, load up on carbs two hours before a race not thinking about what I had put into my body before that. I'd just load up on carbs wait for my blood sugar to get to a certain level and go jump on the bike. With Engine1 I know my body and my diabetes so much better!! I know how much active insulin I have and how many carbohydrates I need to keep my blood sugar in range while training or racing. Engine1 has taken the nerves out of preparing for a run or bike ride with diabetes. As long as I use the application each and everyday and log all of my diabetes information I can go for that random run, I no longer have to plan everything down to the minute.
The application is also a very handy application to use each and everyday, on days that I'm not training I use the app. Having started a new job a year ago I didn't know how my blood sugars would adjust to a new daily regimen. What changes would I have to make to my basal rates and what about my diet? The Engine1 app has helped make that transition very smooth.
Obviously I believe that the Engine1 app is the best diabetes application that is available today!! I say this without any payment or gifts from Engine1, I have used the application on a daily basis and love everything that it offers a person living with diabetes. I have waited years for this technology and I'm happy that it is finally available!! I encourage everyone to download the Engine1 app, try the free trial, and if it doesn't work for you that is ok. I have a feeling that almost everyone will fall in love with the app and use it on a daily basis. Engine1 has been there for all of my training runs and rides and I don't see it going away anytime soon!!