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Fitbit slaps on glucose tracking to its smartphone app

Fitbit has slapped on the ability to log glucose measurements in its smartphone app. This allows for a more holistic approach to monitoring health.


The importance of glucose monitoring

Glucose monitoring is important for people with conditions such as diabetes. This is because their bodies have trouble regulating blood sugar levels. But even non-diabetics are increasingly tracking their glucose levels to adopt to a better diet or enhance their exercise energy levels.

We wrote a couple of weeks ago about revolutionary technology that is heading our way. Scientists have apparently figured out how to track glucose non-invasively by using the optical sensor on the wrist.

Both Apple and Samsung are said to be working on just such as device as reported by ETNews. Who knows, it might even make it into the Apple Watch Series 7 and Galaxy Watch 4. The question is not if we’ll see the technology – but when.


Glucose monitoring with a Fitbit

Now Fitbit is getting in on the fun. The company was not listed alongside Apple and Samsung in the above mentioned article. But you can bet it is hard at work figuring out how to track glucose from the wrist.

In the meantime, we’re getting the next best thing. Fitbit has slapped on the ability to log your glucose readings in its smartphone app.

This is useful not simply to monitor trends in your blood sugar levels. Logging that data alongside exercise, weight, sleep and food can offer useful insights on what might be effecting your blood sugar levels.

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As mentioned, you will need to manually add the readings along with related symptoms. Unless you are the owner of the OneTouch Reveal app from LifeScan. Your measurements will, in that case, find their way to the Fitbit app automatically. The company says compatibility with other meters and apps will come in the near future.

The Fitbit app also allows you to define your personalized glucose range. This will be displayed alongside your readings in the accompanying chart. Rather usefully, you can also set up alerts to remind you to log your blood glucose levels throughout the day.

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