The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 27 percent of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, you can get high-tech assistance with free apps for your smartphone or tablet.

Can having diabetes be fun? Well, no, but mySugr Diabetes Companion takes a lighthearted approach to what could be a depressing subject. The app features games and a digital diabetes manager (with a bit of an attitude) to give you reminders and tell you how you are doing. The data you log about your blood sugar and diet can be output as graphs or used in spreadsheets.

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Glucose Buddy is a diabetes log that takes a more traditional approach to track blood sugar, weight, blood pressure and medication schedule. Readouts help to see daily blood sugar highs and lows.

Both apps are available for Apple's iOS and Android mobile devices.