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  • Apple Watch to Reportedly Support Glucose Monitoring from its Launch Date


    According to DexCom, people with diabetes who use their glucose monitor will soon be able to see a continuous graph of their blood sugar levels on the upcoming Apple Watch. The company is reportedly working on an app for the smartwatch that is expected to be made available at launch alongside a similar app for Apple’s iPhone. The app is set to convert the recorded data into a simple graph which users will be able to glance at any time they wish to.

    The folks over at The Wall Street Journal are claiming the early availability of the app has all been made possible due to the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to take a more hands-off approach to the matters. Although medical hardware still requires FDA approval before it can be sold, any companion apps are no longer required to seek prior approval. Developers are now given the requirement of notifying the FDA that the app exists.

    For those of you who didn’t know, conventional glucose monitors require the user to ***** their skin with a needle in order to draw a drop of blood to place on a test-strip – a process which continues to remain inconvenient and also only generated isolated readings. The DexCom monitor on the other hand uses a tiny sensor which is embedded just under the surface of the skin to take blood sugar readings every five minutes. The companion app just reads the data and creates a graph on the Apple Watch.

    The Apple Watch isn’t even out yet but Apple seems to be generating quite a bit of buzz around its capabilities. Just last week, several US hospitals launched pilot programs using HealthKit to remotely monitor patients with chronic medical conditions. We’ll have to see what advances and additional usage comes from iOS devices as more industries begin to leverage the new iOS features being released.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Watch to Reportedly Support Glucose Monitoring from its Launch Date started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      glucose monitors require the user to ***** their skin with a needle
      I don't know why I found the filter blocking an author so amusing, but I did.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      That's pretty incredible they can do that without all the skin-puncturing which is painful, inconvenient, and invites infection.

      Too bad the watch will be so expensive - if they had a bracelet that could do just glucose monitoring that would be great.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      That's pretty incredible they can do that without all the skin-puncturing which is painful, inconvenient, and invites infection.

      Too bad the watch will be so expensive - if they had a bracelet that could do just glucose monitoring that would be great.
      The watch won't do the monitoring. DexCom is providing an app for the watch providing a convenient way to consistently monitor the results.

      The actual results come from the DexCom sensor that's embedded just under the user's skin. This device takes readings every 5 minutes giving a better quality read than the skin ***** every could and without the pain.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by edwilk55 View Post
      This device takes readings every 5 minutes giving a better quality read than the skin ***** every could and without the pain.


      That statement is so wrong it not even funny, and so obvious you have no idea about CGMs. First off the best way is to draw blood and that will always be the best way, the monitors are only getting better and better. For instance, i have a new monitor that checks my blood x2 in 1 strip, and wireless sends the data to my pump and from there i can make the appropriate action.

      Back to CGM, dexcom like any other CGM doesn't actually read your blood at all, it monitors plasma (blood w/o anything). And for a Dexcom or Guardian or w/e you need to finger ***** yourself x2 a day to calibrate the CGM. Also CGMs aren't 100%, they do not work for everyone.
    1. vXBaKeRXv's Avatar
      vXBaKeRXv -
      Before you know it your watch will let you know if your to drunk to drive.
      Hehe