Diabetics Can Soon Check Their Glucose Levels on Their Watch

Health check, 1,2,3

Sep 25, 2017
A stylish man walks with his Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch.

The Fitbit Ionic will be capable of displaying glucose levels, starting in 2018 (Fitbit)

Staying on top of your health, especially for those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to Fitbit’s new Ionic Smartwatch that will allow diabetics to check their glucose levels on the go.

More than 400 million live with diabetes worldwide and this new technology will make a huge difference in terms of enabling patients to stay on top of their health without much discomfort.

Beginning next year, users of the watch can access real-time information about their glucose level which is being collected by a sensor that is implanted under the skin and updates the user’s glucose levels in five minute intervals.

The Dexcom G5 Mobile sensor provides an easy, convenient, and less invasive way to monitor one's blood sugar, as there’s no finger pricking required. Currently, users can access the information through an app, and in 2018, the data will be available via the Ionic Watch.

Although Fitbit’s newest gadget won’t come cheap - it’s priced at $300 and Dexcom’s sensor adds another $900 - the data-integrated watch will make monitoring diabetes a much smoother process, and more importantly, provide quick, hassle-free updates, enabling millions of people to make their health a priority.

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REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning about people doing good in the world. She especially loves writing about wellness, personal growth, and relationships.

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