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Old 09-14-2017, 05:41 AM
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Default Fitbit Ionic, Apple Watch 3 May Soon Provide Users Blood Glucose Levels

Diabetes is one of the most widespread diseases of the 21st century and now affects more than 300 million people worldwide. Around 30 million Americans have diabetes, which results from having too much sugar or glucose in their blood.

The most common way of testing blood glucose levels for diabetes patients is taking out a drop of blood and checking a patient’s blood glucose using a glucose monitor. But this invasive way of monitoring blood glucose levels might soon be history and diabetes patients might be able to track their blood glucose levels using less invasive ways — using smartwatches such as Fitbit Ionic and the upcoming Apple Watch Series 3.

Fitbit on Thursday announced its collaboration with health device company Dexcom to create continuous glucose monitoring on the company’s recently launched Ionic smartwatch.

“With Ionic, we are focused on driving positive health outcomes and more health focused tools, and this collaboration is a wonderful example of how we plan to bring that vision to our users,” James Park, Fitbit CEO said in the press release.

Dexcom currently makes glucose monitoring devices which work using a sensor that sits under the patient’s skin and measures glucose levels continuously to provide patients with a picture of how their glucose levels are performing. Devices such as the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor spare the user the trouble of pricking their finger 3 or 4 times a day to get blood samples. They rely on a small sensor wire inserted just below the skin rather than pricking all the way through. This sensor provides glucose reading on smartphones, but such readings will also be shown on the Fitbit Ionic.

The feature is expected to land on the Ionic by next year.
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They are working on also monitoring heart rate and I think potentially even blood pressure with the Apple Watch.

It is becoming a very useful gadget that is transitioning into a sports and medical monitoring device.

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