One Drop Now Available on Fitbit Ionic!

The News

If you have Fitbit Ionicthe ultimate health and fitness smartwatch from Fitbit that works across Android, iOS and Windows, has onboard GPS and music, payments and more with up to 5 days battery life—then this one’s for you:

One Drop is now available on your wrist! The new app designed for Fitbit Ionic is everything that you know and love about One Drop on your smartphone, now located on your Ionic device. Our dedicated team has been hard at work on this one, and we are thrilled to introduce the One Drop app for your Fitbit Ionic!

ICYMI:  We recently launched Fitbit integration with the One Drop | Mobile app. So, if you wear a Fitbit of any kind and want your activity data synced with One Drop, follow the instructions here.

The Fitbit Ionic App

If you have a Fitbit Ionic and the One Drop app on your smartphone, then you’re ready to rock. Now, with the One Drop Fitbit Ionic app, you can instantly see blood sugars, food intake, activity levels, and medication anytime, anywhere. It’s one more way we’re making this diabetes thing a little easier: instant updates on your health data right on your wrist!

Installing Your Fitbit Ionic App: Instructions

You can install the watch face in two ways. Choose either via the direct link (must be opened on a mobile device with the Fitbit app installed) or via the Fitbit App Gallery. If installed from the direct link, skip down to the section on installing the watch face (Step 3).

Step 1

From the Fitbit app, click the watch icon in the top left corner and select your Ionic. On the Ionic screen, select “Clock Faces” and find the “One Drop Watch” (you can narrow the watch faces by looking in the “Stats Heavy” or “Digital” categories).fitbit-ionic-app-diabetes

Step 2

Next, navigate to the One Drop Watch. Click the “Select” button. When prompted, allow the One Drop Watch permission to “Run in Background” and “Internet.” Click “Install.”

These permissions are required for the One Drop Watch to function.


Step 3

After installing the watch face, login to your One Drop account. Click the “Settings” link from the One Drop Watch screen. Then, click “Link One Drop Account.”

Next, a browser will open. Login to your One Drop Account. Select the appropriate login method (Facebook, Google, or Email), and click “Submit.”


Step 4

Click “OK” to grant the Fitbit Ionic permissions to access your One Drop information. Finally, if prompted to “Open this page in Fitbit,” click “Open.” Then, you will be redirected back to the Fitbit App.


That’s it! Now, you can look down at your wrist at any time to keep tabs on your One Drop data.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Workout Regimen While Traveling!

As our One Drop In-House Fitness Guru, Ben Tzeel is serving up tons of fitness knowledge. You can find him repping One Drop as a One Drop Ambassador in the Community feed, and spilling more knowledge over on Diabetes Strong


“This year is going to be the year I figure it out! I’m going to get my exercise on point, eat better, [fill in more pump-up phrases here], etc!”

You sign up for a gym. ✅ You start to go. ✅ You get more conscientious about food choices. ✅ You start building momentum. 


Then, two weeks in, work sends you away for a week. Or, you decide to take a quick, spontaneous 5-day cruise (please take me with you). Or, your family goes away for a weekend…. 

BOOM! Your efforts have been totally blindsided. You aren’t sure what to do on the road, away from home, away from your routine, habits, etc.


This can go one of two ways:

  1. Succumb to the lack of routine, accept defeat, and revert to old habits
  2. Continue building momentum or, at the very least, keep him/herself in a state of maintenance until he/she returns!

If I had a dollar for every time someone chose option #1, I’d have a lot of dollar bills. 💸 #dolladollabillsyall 

But let’s not make that the case for us. Instead, choose number two! ✌ Let’s keep on keepin’ on. Without further ado, here are FIVE ways to survive traveling and keep your workout and diet game on point!

1. Prioritize, Prioritize, PRIORITIZE

Believe me, it is SO easy to let working out fall by the wayside on vacation or on the road.   You’re away from home. You may have had some action-packed days, whether in the office or on the beach. But if you weren’t physically active, you’re going to want to fit in some sort of workout at SOME point during the day.

Just like I said in the Barriers post, you can likely find 30 minutes to spare, even in a packed schedule.  Squeeze that time in for yourself. It is self-care.

2. Hotel gyms exist for a reason. So does Google.

This sounds like a no-brainer, yet people forget it constantly. Look up or call up the hotel to find out what equipment they have. More than likely, they have some cardio equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, etc) and some very basic weights, which should be ample for you to keep on your routine. Best part? It’s included with your stay! 

Not enough for what you need?  Maybe you prefer AirBnB? Here lies the magic of Google. You can search fitness centers in the area to use while you are away.  Some may give a free 3 day trial, some may charge a day or weekly rate, but there ARE options. You can even search for at-home workouts online! 🙉

💡Pro-Tip: if you belong to a chain gym in your hometown, you (typically) can use any location of that gym nationally. For example, if you belong to LA Fitness in Tampa, you may be able to go to one in Charlotte. 

3. Take a Hike! 🏔

The weather outside may be frightful, but if you’re visiting somewhere warm or there’s a heat wave, take full advantage.  Go for a run, interval train with sprints, or perform some body weight exercises. Just get outside! It’s new terrain with new scenery. There is so much to explore. 

4. The Excuse Buster AKA Hotel Room Workouts

I can picture it now:

You tell me you’re marooned in a hotel without a fitness center.  No car.  Ubers are too expensive. Maybe the gyms around you are closed and you’re in the middle of Nowheresville, USA.

What do you do? A hotel room workout of course!

How do you do one? Simple.

💪Warm-up and get your blood flowing. Jumping jacks, lunges, running in place, and others can get your body primed and ready.

💪Pick 4 exercises that involve your bodyweight (intermediate/advanced readers can also utilize a resistance band packed in luggage)

💪Perform them sequentially with minimal rest between

💪Take 1-2 minutes off between sets

💪Repeat for 15-20 minutes (set a timer)

Exercise examples can include squats, pushups, rows (with suitcase), lunges, burpees, planks, reverse crunches (and most abs movements), and much, much more. Possibilities? Endless. 

5. Consider modifying your workout schedule

This is NOT a free pass to skip your workouts. If this is a short vacation or trip, consider modifying your typical workout schedule to be more conducive to the traveling.

For example, if you are working out on four days during the week and you have a weeklong business trip, consider taking your three rest days as a part of the trip. This way, you workout two days during the week and can catch up on the other two once you return to normal life.

💡Pro tip: since cardio equipment is more easily accessible, consider saving cardio workouts for the road and resistance training when you are home.


Next time you are on the road, you have the keys (insert key emoji here) for success to staying in top shape!

Fight the Flu! How to get through your flu with diabetes

Flu season 🤧

It’s officially winter! Which means we are right smack dab in the middle of flu season. The flu is bad for anyone. But it’s especially serious for people with diabetes. And this year, the CDC is reporting a “moderately severe” infection rate.

What’s the big deal? 

If we don’t take care of ourselves while sick, we could easily end up at the hospital in serious DKA-mode. Diabetes weakens the immune system, making it less able to fight infections; additionally, illness causes more blood sugar fluctuations. Together, we get a dangerous duo that can result in health risks that could potentially lead to high mortality rates. Instead, protect yourself with our easy-to-follow tips below.

1. Check yourself.

Before you wreck yourself. Seriously. Stay on top of blood sugars. Check your BGs more than you usually do. The flu can cause major fluctuations in blood glucose. Now’s the time to really take advantage of that One Drop | Premium subscription – take your blood sugar every hour, at least! It’ll greatly limit potential hypos/hypers.

2. Drink Up.

Cheers! To all the water and Pedialyte 🙌  Now is the time for the ultimate chugging contest. Well, maybe not actually. But in reality, your body is losing liquids when it’s fighting the flu. If you have fever, vomiting or diarrhea, you’re at much greater risk for dehydration. If you are having difficulty keeping liquids down, no worries – sip on clear liquids (water, tea, Pedialyte, broth) at regular intervals (seriously, no need to chug).

  • PRO-TIP: Make sure you’re checking BGs before sipping. If your blood sugar is running high, sip liquids like water or sugar-free ginger ale. If it’s running low, sip on orange juice or regular ginger ale.

3. Diabetes meds are our friends.

Myth: when you get sick, you should stop taking your daily medications.
Fact: stress hormones kick into high gear when you’re sick, meaning you might actually need more meds than usual. Start out by staying true to your medication regimen. As you keep checking your blood sugars, tweak your diabetes meds (insulin, metformin) as needed according to your doctor’s suggestions. This could mean taking less, or increasing your usual dose. It all depends on your specific situation.

4. So are flu meds.

Just because we have diabetes doesn’t mean we should shy away from taking over-the-counter flu/cold treatments. While there are many sugar-filled syrups out there that have potential to raise blood sugar, there are pill-form alternatives, as well as sugar-free alternatives. As always, keep a vigilant eye on blood sugars after taking these new medications, as they can alter blood sugar. But more often than not, they will get you back on track faster.

5. Catch your Zzz’s. Lots of them.

Sleep in! In fact, sleep as much as you want. The more sleep and rest you give yourself, the better and faster your body can rejuvenate and fight off the flu.

6. Have a survival kit at-the-ready. 💼

This might be something you’d be better off doing in advance of your flu-catching. Either way, a survival kit is super handy when you’re in need of at-home remedies. Be sure to pack:

  • Thermometer
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers (like acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
  • Cold compresses
  • Tissues
  • Throat lozenges
  • Orange juice
  • Teas
  • Neti Pot
  • Vapor Rub
  • Glucose tablets

If you don’t have your survival kit pre-packed, feel free to ask a family member, friend or neighbor to help you get one set up. They won’t mind 😉

As always, reach out to your doctor when needed and keep your One Drop | Expert updated.Alert your HCP if your blood sugars consistently run at 250mg/dL or higher, and if you’re experiencing extreme symptoms like trouble breathing or running large ketones.

💡 The CDC recommends that people at high risk for complications (that’s us!) should get antiviral treatment as early as possible (the benefit is greatest when treatment is started within 2 days after illness onset).

Not to mention, you still have time to get a flu shot. 💉 Even though we’re midway through, we still have about 4 months left in the season. Protect yourself: getting the flu shot can mean lessening the severity of the flu if you do actually get it.

For more info on the flu, be sure to check out other helpful articles from DiabetesMine & Beyond Type 1. Otherwise, put on your cozy suit, find a binge-worthy show & bundle up in bed. You’ve got this!


Rob Howe’s Over-The-Counter T1D Challenge

Wait, who’s Rob? 

If you haven’t heard of Rob Howe, you’ve been missing out. His weekly podcast series, Diabetics Doing Things, is a testament to all things diabadass. Rob interviews people living with type one diabetes all around the globe, highlighting the amazingly astounding things they’re doing, while also living with diabetes. He’s covered over 1,000 years of living with T1D on his DDT podcast, and it’s just a side-gig of his! Now, Rob’s taking on another side-gig: his very own Over-The-Counter T1D Challenge.

Challenge Accepted

In other words, Rob is going all-in for a mini-documentary series where he’s going 100% on over-the-counter diabetes meds. As all of us living with diabetes know, diabetes medications and supplies are expensive. Unaffordably expensive, insurance or not. Rob felt, though, that while there’s plenty of documentation out there about living life with diabetes on insurance, there’s little to none regarding life without it, much less managing diabetes solely on over-the-counter supplies. So he’s changing that. Bring on #OverTheCounterT1DChallenge.

Back to Basics

For the next 30 days, Rob Howe will be using only R (short-acting)and NPH (intermediate-acting) insulins (along with syringes) for any and all insulin dosing, as these insulins are available without a prescription or insurance. Usually hooked up to his Medtronic Paradigm 24/7, Rob is cutting the cord ✂️

He’ll also be checking his blood sugar with his One Drop | Chrome meter and test strips, which are also available without prescription or insurance. He’ll also have the ability to check in with his One Drop | Expert on his One Drop app in case he needs any info or feedback for his new regimen.

End game 

The result? We’ll see! But it’s a pretty radical attempt to treat diabetes for an out-of-pocket cost less than $150 US per month. And we can all follow along every single day! Keep an eye on Rob’s Instagram Stories and his Diabetics Doing Things YouTube channel for all the real-time updates.

We are (un)pumped to see what he finds 😆

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What Would You Do for a Lower A1C?

A1C: Why is it important?

We took a good, hard look at A1C with our official One Drop Guide, but now it’s time to dig a little deeper. Most people we talk to, ourselves included, are always striving for a lower number. Why? Because a lower A1C suggests that our current diabetes management plan is right on track. And we know that with better overall management comes better outcomes for us down the road.

How do we get there?

There are lots of ways to lower that glycated hemoglobin test result (if we’re being technical), and we’ve tested just about all of them 🙂 It’s up to us and our healthcare providers to determine which tactics work best at any given time; as our diabetes changes over time, so should our plans for tackling A1C. With that in mind, these are just a few methods we’ve found extremely helpful in reaching those lab test goals:

Additionally, we’ve seen incredible results by way of our mobile app: in our most recent study, people with both type one & type two diabetes were able to reduce A1C by 1.1% by using One Drop | Mobile. And if that’s not enough, how’s this user’s report of a 7.2% to 5.9% reduction rate? We’d  say pretty diabadass.

We also asked you, our One Drop Community, what you would be willing to do for a lower A1C. Check out our poll results for more ideas on how to lower your next test results!

Do you have any tips or tricks you’ve found to help you reach that gold-star number? 🌟 We’d love to hear from you (herehere or here)!


One Drop Guide to Carbohydrates!

Are carbohydrates the enemy? Before you stop eating carbs altogether, learn how they can fit into diabetes management.  Use our One Drop Guide to Carbohydrates to learn how our bodies process carbs, how they impact blood sugar levels, and what carbs are best to eat. Bon appétit!

One Drop Guide to Carbohydrates

One Drop Guide to Carbohydrates


For some amazing low carb recipes, check out our other posts:

40+ Mouth-Watering, Finger-Licking Low-Carb Foods

No Carbs, No Problem: Sushi, Sandwiches and More!

PRO-TIP: How to use the new Notifications Inbox

Missed a notification? No problem!

Our new notification inbox stores them all for you. See your meds and glucose check reminders, motivational messages, and more. Just tap on the bell icon at the bottom of the home screen to see your notifications. *This feature is currently available on iOS devices only. 

Here’s how to enable notifications from One Drop

Go to Settings in the One Drop app. You can find Settings by tapping on the gear in the upper right corner of the home screen. In Settings, tap Notifications & Permissions.

  • Customize your notifications using the toggles next to the options listed.


If you haven’t ever enabled notifications before, tap Edit Notification Settings . You’ll be led to your phone Settings from here. Tap notifications. Then select the notifications you would like to receive by using the toggle next to each.


When Healthcare Hurts

When Healthcare Hurts

Most of us have been there at one time or another- face to face with a medical professional who we think might actually be bad for our health. But what if that person is our regular diabetes provider?

How can healthcare hurt?

As a Certified Diabetes Educator at One Drop, I have the extraordinary privilege of getting a unique, daily, and very personal journeys of people with diabetes. As you might expect, these journeys regularly include encounters with healthcare team members. While so many of these visits were positive and productive, there have been some heartbreaking and even nerve-wracking accounts of healthcare gone wrong. They range from inaccurate and unsafe clinical advice and assumptions, to poor “bedside manner” — providers who don’t listen, respect, partner, or personalize. Whether small or large, these medical missteps negatively affect the diabetes management of those at the center, the individuals who live day to day with this disease.

Unfortunately, options can be limited. The number of healthcare professionals who specialize in diabetes management is significantly smaller than the number of people who live with diabetes. This is especially true in rural areas and for certain specialty areas like pediatrics. As a result, countless people with diabetes feel stuck in a dead-end relationship with a problematic healthcare team.

However, there are things you can do.

Tips for getting the most out of your healthcare team:

Assess your relationship. Does your provider listen to what you have to say? Do they provide adequate information, resources, and options? Can you contact your provider with questions or concerns in between visits? How do you feel when you leave your provider’s office?

Get up to date. Knowledge is power! Learning as much as you can about managing your condition gives you a leg up both in and out of the doctor’s office. Enroll in Experts | On Track or ask your One Drop Expert for information and resources about diabetes management.

Advocate. Ask for what you need to be successful. Unsure of what a particular lab result means? Ask for clarification. Want to sit down with a Certified Diabetes Educator for an in-depth review? Ask for a referral. You are the expert in your own life, so advocate for the things you need to live healthily. Make sure you have someone else to advocate for you in case you are unable as well.

Prep for your visit. Office visits can be short and quick, but spending some time preparing for a visit can help you get the most out of it. Start by familiarizing yourself with your most recent data and blood sugar trends before you go in using One Drop reports and in-app analysis. Make a list of things you want to ask or discuss to bring to your visit so you can leave with answers to all of your questions. You may want to prioritize your list too, in case you’re running short on time. Bring something to take notes with, especially if you don’t receive any kind of “summary” print out from your provider’s office.

Touch base. No one should have to wait around 3 months with high or low blood sugars until the next doctor’s appointment- it’s not healthy or safe. Make sure your diabetes team is available to answer questions and make dose adjustments in between visits. Ask for contact information, including a phone number, email address, and/or fax number- and you may have to persist. While in your visit, ask your doctor some “What If” questions, especially if you have trouble getting in touch between visits. For example, “What if my blood sugars are still above 200 a week or two from now- should I increase my dose again by the same amount?” Your doctor may give you a Plan A, but if possible, get a Plan B too!

Consider a switch. If there is no improvement despite your best efforts, it may be time for a change. There are several ways to find a different provider- sometimes there are other providers within the same clinic, or at a satellite clinic. There may be a different practice in town too, or maybe even several. Call or check out your insurance company’s website for a list of available in network options. Ask local diabetes support groups for suggestions. Consider other types of providers if necessary, including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

Connect with others. When it comes to diabetes, there is power in numbers. Lean on the diabetes community for general information, peer support, tips, and reviews.

And when your medical team does do a great job, be sure to let them know and say thanks!

Remember: healthcare should help, not hurt. If you feel like you’re in an unhealthy relationship with your healthcare team, take action!

Managing Your Diabetes During Ramadan

Ramadan has just begun, marking a period of fasting and religious focus for millions of Muslims around the world. For those participating, remember to talk to your healthcare provider about your diabetes and make sure that fasting is a safe option for you. You might need to modify your exercise, diet and medication routines to keep your blood sugars in range during this time of year.

Top 3 Things to Watch Out for During Ramadan

1. Low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) – The risk of blood glucose levels going too low is greatest in people taking insulin or certain diabetes pills. Limit physical activity during fasting hours and be more active after sunset. Talk with your healthcare provider to find out if your medicine puts you at risk for low blood glucose and discuss how to prevent it.

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: shakiness, heart racing, sweats/chills, intense hunger, numbness/tingling, drowsiness, blurry vision, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, confusion, anxiety, nausea, and headache

2. High blood glucose (hyperglycemia) – While low blood glucose levels may happen during the day, after the fast is broken, there is a greater risk to overeat. Watch out for eating too many sweets and keep the portion sizes moderate. Even though Ramadan is known as a time of fasting, it is not uncommon for people to gain weight during this month, as in some families, every evening meal is a celebration.

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: Dry mouth, increased thirst, hunger, fatigue (weak, tired feeling), nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, fruity-smelling breath, blurry vision, headache, dizziness

3. Dehydration – This is especially a problem during the longer and hotter summer days. Aim to drink lots of water and sugar-free and caffeine-free drinks frequently throughout the evening and before dawn.

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: Dry mouth, increased thirst, fatigue (weak, tired feeling), very yellow urine, dry skin, headache, dizziness


Follow the above recommendations and enjoy the celebrations! As long as you remain mindful and take the appropriate precautions, you can enjoy a very happy and healthy Ramadan.