Smart Watches Monitor Glucose Levels

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-08-18 15:26:47 -0500
Started 2014-08-13 19:08:41 -0500

Sheesh…I guess I am going to have to move into the 21st century.

There are some really cool devices coming that could do away with finger pricking, or at least minimize it a good bit.

Microsoft and Apple are working on watches that may eventually have the ability to monitor our glucose levels with out annoying finger sticks. They are the answer to Googles' glucose monitoring contact lens.

I think I would like the watch more than the lens. But since both are still a while off, they are things to look forward to.

14 replies

RedShine 2014-08-15 12:54:07 -0500 Report

While this is great news, I have to ask: How accurate are these watches going to be? Right now I use a monitor called the Dexicom which monitors the rise and fall of my blood sugar through a receiver attached to my body. Now even though it also tells me my blood sugar level, it is not always accurate. This is because it does not actually measure your blood sugar, but rather it tells you the rise and fall of your blood sugar by measuring your body fluids. Even with the Dexicom, I still must prick my fingers to test my blood sugar, and sometimes I need to enter those readings into the Dexicom in order to make sure its calibrated. So right now I find it hard to imagine that one day we will never prick our fingers again, but hopefully I'm wrong seeing how the world of technology is constantly making new advances as we speak.

GabbyPA 2014-08-15 13:44:30 -0500 Report

That is so true, but technology advances so much in the blink of an eye. I have stopped trying to keep up.I am sure, as with anything, the first prototypes are going to struggle with issues of accuracy, but hopefully the more this is out there the better they will become.

Glucerna 2014-08-14 14:37:53 -0500 Report

It's great to hear about the technology coming down the road to make diabetes self-management less invasive. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-08-14 12:21:05 -0500 Report

Am I the only one who doesn't use their fingers? From my first day as a diabetic my healthcare professional showed me I could use the palm of my hand instead and I have no pain or discomfort drawing from that area.

TLTanner 2014-08-15 17:46:55 -0500 Report

If you have been a diabetic for a long time, like me for almost 50 years, using anything other than the fingers is close to impossible. At least for me it is. I have tried the arm and palm to no avail, I can not get blood from them, but I sure can bruise there! I'm glad you can use your palm!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-08-18 15:26:47 -0500 Report

I haven't been a diabetic nearly as long as you and perhaps that is why it still works for me. There are times when I have to change locations for a second try. I may find one day I will have to used my fingers as many others have to. I know if you have any callouses on your palms you are not going to get any blood from that and I have not had any success using my arm as some of my friends do.

elizag1 2014-08-14 09:45:32 -0500 Report

Wow, that would be nice, but I don't use contacts anymore…if I could get them free to be the lab rat…I would use them…just kidding..

Type1Lou 2014-08-14 07:55:00 -0500 Report

Indeed something to look forward to…and we wouldn't have to fight the insurance companies to get the test strip quantity we need (maybe?)…but would they even cover these non-invasive devices?…another trail to blaze!

theladyiscrazy 2014-08-14 07:15:12 -0500 Report

I would prefer the watch as I have too many allergies that affect my eyes. Isn't it interesting that they are working on things that monitor without pricking?

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