iMedicalApps: App Tracks Vitamin D – MedPage Today (blog)
The vitamin D deficiency “epidemic” is one of the most controversial issues in primary care. This app doesn’t help solve this issue, but provides a unique method for patients to track their intake, “monitor” their levels, and determine the best times of the day to obtain “ideal” sun exposure for skin conversion.
The app dminder likely will prove popular with those obsessed with vitamin D. The app provides a novel mechanism for not only tracking intake but also provides patients with the knowledge of the ideal time for vitamin D exposure based on their location. The app is available for both iOS and Android platforms.
It lacks any evidence for its claims and or purpose, but to the authors’ credit, they are studying outcomes of using dminder. App users can opt into one or two studies from within the app. I would be most interested in seeing the outcomes of these studies, and I hope they are published.
- Includes introductory video and step-by-step set-up
- Ability to enter multiple sources of vitamin D intake and app calculates “likely” current level
- Uses device GPS and clock to determine “ideal” time for sun exposure for vitamin D
- Available for Android
- No references or links to studies to back up any of its claims included in the introductory and user interface videos
- Cannot change units while doing initial set-up of the app
- Purpose and utility of “Events” function unclear
To read the full review, visit iMedicalApps.com.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.