If you’re a diabetic who needs to keep constant tabs on their glucose levels, then you know that more traditional methods of doing so will require you to stop what you’re doing to check your glucose levels, either by drawing blood or through other cumbersome methods. This is why we have heard rumors that Apple could be interested in a non-invasive method of measuring glucose levels through the Apple Watch.
Whether or not those rumors are true remains to be seen, but in the meantime it looks like Fitbit has something for diabetics who might appreciate the constant monitoring. Fitbit has recently announced a collaboration with DexCom in which starting in 2018, Fitbit’s newly-launched Ionic smartwatch will be able to show users data from the DexCom G5 Mobile sensor.
For those unfamiliar, the G5 Mobile sensor is a sensor worn just under the skin that will be able to show the wearer’s vitals every 5 minutes, thus providing users with a constant method of monitoring their glucose levels. However this is contingent on users buying the G5 Mobile sensor first which will cost $900.
Note that the DexCom G5 Mobile sensor already works with other wearables like the Apple Watch, but if you don’t own the Apple Watch and are considering the Fitbit Ionic, then know that the DexCom G5 Mobile sensor will also work with the device starting next year. There are rumors that future Apple Watch devices could offer up non-invasive glucose monitoring, but until then it looks like this could be the next best thing.