Over 4.5 million people have diabetes in the UK, and over 12 million are at risk of diabetes – it’s the biggest health issue we currently face. With conditions like diabetes on the rise, it’s more important than ever for us to take control of our own health and wellbeing. And according to Diabetes UK, 4 out of 5 people with diabetes don’t feel in control of their condition.
Keeping all your medical information together when you have diabetes can be challenging, but apps like Evergreen Life could help you feel more informed. In this article, we look at how you can take control of your health information, so you feel less in the dark about your diabetes.
Diabetes and healthcare data
When it comes to your health information, it isn’t all joined up, which can make managing diabetes even trickier. As a diabetic, regular health checkups are part of life – and these can be at a range of locations. You could go to your GP or district nurse for blood tests, go to a foot clinic or an optician for a checkup, or pick up a repeat prescription of insulin from your pharmacy. That information isn’t joined up and can often lead to keeping physical notes that get lost or forgotten. But with Evergreen Life, there are lots of things you can do to manage your health information right away.
Doctor, doctor – access GP online services
You may go to your GP for a regular review and you could have prescriptions that you rely on your GP for. With the Evergreen Life app, you can connect to your GP record and book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and download your medical record, giving you more control of your medical information.
Dr Brian Fisher, comments “using online services benefits both patients and practices – patients are able to do things without having to call the surgery and wait on the phone, and practices can focus on giving patient care instead of more administrative tasks such as booking appointments and managing prescriptions. Save time and do it online, it helps the NHS and helps you take control of your GP record.”
Manage your medications easily
Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you’ll need regular medication to help manage your condition. When you’re linked to your GP record, you can order your repeat prescriptions within a few taps of your Evergreen Life app – easy!
There’s a whole host of things you can do with the Evergreen Life app to manage your medications more effectively too – you can set medicine reminders, update dosages and frequency of your GP prescribed medications, and add any other non-GP prescribed meds you want to - giving you the most up-to-date medications record you can have.
Monitor your health and fitness
Keeping track of your overall health can be a challenge with diabetes. In the health and fitness section of Evergreen Life, it’s easy to keep on top of measuring your health progress. You can add measurements that you may record often like your blood glucose levels, cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and other body measurements like weight, hip:waist radio and body measurements. Proactively monitoring and measuring your own health and fitness can help you track your own progress and makes life that little bit easier when all the information is available in one place.
Keep it all together
So, you have lots of health information in lots of different places, and you want to keep it altogether in one place – it's easy with the Evergreen Life app. It’s a personal health record that enables you to enter and store any health information you want. You can link the information to a particular health condition, so you can easily filter and select documents and information relating to your diabetes.
Find out how to create a health condition first. From there you can assign things like your medications to your condition, or any documents and letters that you may want to keep a copy of. Keeping all your information together under one condition can help when it comes to making decisions about your health, such as discussing your medication with your doctor, or discussing your fitness levels with a personal trainer.
Take control of your health information today
The Evergreen Life app is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play store. So if you need a helping hand in managing your diabetes, why not download the app today and start taking more control of your own health information.