Fitbit already gives you the ability to monitor the heart health, stress and oxygen levels in the blood of any of its watches. Now the company is looking at blood sugarmonitoring with a new feature in the Fitbit app.
The supplement is Good news for those with diabetes, as well as anyone with a medical condition who may need to track their blood sugar. But to be clear, this is not a non-invasive alternative to sticking your finger with a glucometer. This is a software update that allows users to log or import blood sugar levels and then see how they relate to other health measurements such as sleep, exercise and food over time. The app will also allow users to specify custom areas so that they can potentially identify other factors that may affect blood sugar levels. You can also enable wrist reminders to log your blood sugar.
Fitbit Premium users will get some more benefits, like to see how often their glucose level falls within a target range each month and other data trends. Premium users will also have the opportunity to share their blood sugar data via the Fitbit Wellness Report feature.
While users can log the measurements manually, Fitbit says that anyone who uses the OneTouch Reveal app from LifeScan can also automatically import their data. The company says they plan to integrate with other meters and apps soon. To enable the feature, go to the Fitbit app’s Discover tab, tap Health & Fitness Stats and add blood sugar. (If you do not see it there yet, you may have to wait a bit as Fitbit says the feature will roll out this month.)
More generally, it looks like blood sugarSurveillance may be the next big thing in healthcare technology. Rumor has it that both Apple and Samsung are working on ways to non-invasively monitor blood sugar in their next smartwatch. We also saw a non-invasive blood sugarmonitoring of smartwatch prototype at this year’s CES. These are definitely more ambitious than what Fitbit is currently offering, but they are looking at may not see the light of day either. A device that inaccurately reports blood sugar levels can be far more life threatening than say, a creepy ECG reading, so these proposed devices will also need FDA approval before they hit the market.
Fitbit function do not need FDA approval because it is strictly a tool to help you monitor your data. That said, it comes with a disclaimer: This is not a substitute for a proper diagnosis from your doctor, nor is it something you should base your treatment on without talking to a doctor.
Fitbit also makes its health features available to more users by expanding access to the Health Metrics dashboard. The feature was introduced with Sense and Versa 3 during the fall, but will now be available for Versa 2, Inspire 2 and Charge 4 users, although you will be limited to the trends of the past week. As with blood glucose measurement, Fitbit Premium members will get the opportunity to see personal intervals also in the dashboard. Charge 4 users also get a little SpO2 treat in an upcoming update that allows them to see measurements directly on the wrist; They will also be able to see data on SpO2 and skin temperature in the dashboard. Meanwhile, Fitbit Sense users in Canada, New Zealand and US territories will also receive the ECG app this month.