Fitbit Ionic: the smartwatch could help diabetics using Dexcom

Fitbit Ionic the smartwatch could help diabetics using Dexcom

Fitbit proudly presented its first smartwatch , the Ionic , a few days ago. And now the company specializing in business trackers goes even further with a new partnership focused on health. Fitbit announced that it is partnering with Dexcom, a US-based glucose monitoring company(CGM), to provide solutions to people with diabetes.

Their first mission? Provide diabetes with the ability to monitor their activity and glucose levels with the help of Fitbit Ionic . The smartwatch itself is not able to retrieve such data, but these will be measured by the Dexcom G5 Mobile sensor and displayed on the Ionic. The sensor remains quite small, and inserted under the skin. According to TechCrunch, it costs $ 900, and it takes action every five minutes and works with Android and iOS.

This is a high price in addition to the 350 euros of the Fitbit Ionic, although the company says that the sensor is covered by most private insurance companies – not sure if this is the case in France.

A growing sector

With more than 400 million people estimated to be living with diabetes, specific monitoring solutions are designed to help them manage their condition. It is also a growing interest for technology companies: Google and Apple are working on products and services for diabetes.

The data will be measured by the Dexcom G5 Mobile sensor and displayed on the Ionic

Although the Fitbit Ionic can not directly monitor diabetes, it is another feature that the new smartwatch adds to its list, which includes monitoring of blood oxygen levels, activity by GPS, workouts on devices, or even better tracking of heart rate and resistance to water.

Fitbit and Dexcom aim “as soon as possible in 2018” to launch the solution with the Ionic, and promise more innovations in the future.

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