With the app, available free on iTunes, users identify which complication they are most worried about, for example, stroke, kidney disease or eye health.
The app then helps them create an action plan focusing on just one lifestyle area to change initially.
Psychologist, Professor Timothy Skinner of Charles Darwin University, designed the app to support a diabetes management program he co-developed called DESMOND, (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed).
“People are often overwhelmed by the long list of changes they need to make when they are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,” professor Skinner says.
“Focussing on just one to two changes at a time can have a big impact on their diabetes, build their confidence and deliver sustainable change.”
He says the majority of diabetes apps focus on blood glucose monitoring, which although an important part of diabetes, is not the only risk factor.
For many complications, managing other risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure and depression are more important than blood glucose.
And not all behaviour changes will equally impact the different risk factors. Changing some aspects of diet has more impact on blood glucose, while other changes may have more impact on cholesterol.