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Fitbit Is Teaming Up With Dexcom For Glucose Monitoring On The Ionic Smartwatch

Fitbit Is Teaming Up With Dexcom For Glucose Monitoring On The Ionic Smartwatch

Wearable fitness makers are increasingly interested in tracking our vitals. Now Fitbit has announced a collaboration with glucose monitor company Dexcom to develop and market products to help those with diabetes better manage the disease, starting with Fitbit’s Ionic Smartwatch. Starting in 2018, the Fitbit Ionic will show users data from the Dexcom G5 Mobile sensor, which is worn just under the skin and can show vitals every 5 minutes. This means you will have to insert the $900 sensor first. The Dexcom sensor is also supported by the Apple Watch, via a reroute through the iPhone but will soon be on the Watch itself through core Bluetooth, which is coming in watchOS4. Tracking using Fitbit and Apple Watch is still rather difficult if you can’t afford Dexcom’s monitoring device. However, for those with the device already implanted it could prove useful. More than 422 million people around the world have diabetes, a fraction of whom are presumed to be using a wearable for tracking their blood glucose levels. “The collaboration between Dexcom and Fitbit is an important step in providing useful information to people with diabetes that is both convenient and discreet,” said Dexcom CEO Kevin Saye in a statement. “We believe that providing Dexcom CGM data on Fitbit Ionic, and making that experience available to users of both Android and iOS devices, will have a positive impact on the way people manage their diabetes.” Featured Image: lya S. Savenok / Stringer/Getty Images Continue reading >>

Fitbit’s Ionic Smartwatch Will Help Diabetics Track Glucose Levels

Fitbit’s Ionic Smartwatch Will Help Diabetics Track Glucose Levels

Fitbit is pairing up with Dexcom, a company that creates continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices for people with diabetes. In an announcement today, the companies say that their first initiative is to bring Dexcom's monitoring device data to Fitbit's new Ionic smartwatch. For those unfamiliar, Dexcom's CGM devices work with a sensor that sits just under the skin and measures a person's glucose levels every few minutes in order to provide them with a bigger picture of where their glucose levels are and where they're heading. As of now, a transmitter attached to that sensor lets you see readouts of those levels on a smartphone or even an Apple Watch, but soon you'll also be able to see them on Ionic's screen. Dexcom and Fitbit say they're hoping to get this feature available to Ionic users in 2018 and are working to develop other diabetes management tools in the future. "We believe that providing Dexcom CGM data on Fitbit Ionic, and making that experience available to users of both Android and iOS devices, will have a positive impact on the way people manage their diabetes," said Dexcom's CEO, Kevin Sayer, in a statement. Continue reading >>

Tracking Devices For People With Diabetes

Tracking Devices For People With Diabetes

Different types of gadgets, from fitness trackers to wireless scales, can be your allies when youre trying to manage your diabetes. Theyll provide a simpler, more accurate, and even a more fun way to stay healthy and keep your condition under control. Ever get a high phone bill? Then you know how looking closely at the specific charges can help you change your behavior. The next month, you'll be more careful about how much data you use or the number of texts you send. It's the same with tracking when you have diabetes. By getting an accurate view of your blood sugar along with how much you're exercising, eating, and sleeping -- not just what you want to believe is true -- you can make some real improvements. Research shows that tracking -- and the awareness that comes with it -- really works. Studies have found that people with diabetes who used apps -- to record food, exercise, and other behavior -- had better long-term blood sugar control. Another found that people who wore pedometers naturally increased their activity by 27%. By tracking steps and the calories you burn, fitness trackers can help anyone get fitter. But they have special benefits for people with diabetes. Here's why. Exercise.Physical activity is essential to controlling diabetes. It helps lower your blood sugar, helps your body use insulin better, and makes you less likely to have other health complications. A fitness tracker could be just what you need to jump-start your exercise routine. Walking is great for people with diabetes, and counting your steps with a fitness device is an easy way to stay on track. Devices often track the number of calories you use throughout the day. Step up your daily calorie burn, and your blood sugar will benefit. Sleep. Many trackers have motion sensors that track you Continue reading >>

Tracking Your Blood Glucose Levels On Fitbit

Tracking Your Blood Glucose Levels On Fitbit

Many of our Fitbit community members use the tracker functionality to monitor their blood glucose levels. Why is blood sugar level an indicator of overall good health? Our friends at T he Noe Valley Clinic and One Medical Group (based here in San Francisco near the Fitbit headquarters, with offices in NYC as well) provide valuable insight into the importance of tracking blood sugar. By Spencer Blackman, M.D. The Noe Valley Clinic, sister practice of One Medical Group Most healthy people dont think too much about their blood sugar, so why should you? Because an abnormal blood sugar level is a major preventable risk factor for some very serious diseases. Read on to learn about the risks of uncontrolled blood sugar, how to keep your own levels under control and when and how to get screened for problems. The sugar in blood sugar is glucose, a simple molecule packed with the energy needed to power almost all the functions of your body. As you digest a meal, glucose released from the food moves into your bloodstream where its concentration is tightly regulated by hormones including insulin, glucagon and cortisol. Depending on the time of day, how much youve recently eaten and how much youve exercised, your blood glucose level might range between 70 and 150 mg/dL. After fasting overnight, your glucose levels should drop well below 99 mg/dL. If you wait too long between meals or exercise too vigorously without eating, you may start to feel the earliest symptoms of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. You know the feelings: hunger, fatigue, irritability, stomach pains, headaches and decreased productivity. Fortunately, your body is extremely good at maintaining normal blood sugar, and true hypoglycemia (blood sugar levels below 70 mg/dL) is very rare except in people who are takin Continue reading >>

Solved: Blood Glucose In App - Fitbit Community

Solved: Blood Glucose In App - Fitbit Community

Auto-suggest helps you quickly narrow down your search results by suggesting possible matches as you type. Hello Friends! I would love to see Blood Glucose (BG / Blood Sugar) tracking added to the app as ahome screen option, along with basic long term (3 month) tracking data. I was recently diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and have greatly enjoyed my new Fitbit but find myself hopping app to app to gather and record life data. If BG were an added function then Id begin using meal tracking, as well. Also adding medications (and dosage) would round out the picture for many Fitbit users with chronic conditions desiring a more encompassing app, but that might be a direction Fitbit isnt yet pursuing. Still, would enjoy a BG add to simplify my health app count. Have a wonderful day! Hi there @JShurb . Great to see you in the Fitbit Community Forums! Thanks a lot for this suggestion! I'm glad to hear that you've been enjoying your new Fitbit and I'm sure it will help you keep a healthy lifestyle. However, this was an option that Fitbit had before on the online dashboard and was removed a while ago. Currently, we don't have any news on plans on implementing glucose tracking soon so I wouldn't want to set false expectations on this. You can find more information about this here. Thank you for understanding and any more ideas you may have, keep them coming! Hi there @JShurb . Great to see you in the Fitbit Community Forums! Thanks a lot for this suggestion! I'm glad to hear that you've been enjoying your new Fitbit and I'm sure it will help you keep a healthy lifestyle. However, this was an option that Fitbit had before on the online dashboard and was removed a while ago. Currently, we don't have any news on plans on implementing glucose tracking soon so I wouldn't want to set fal Continue reading >>

Solved: Diabetic Tracking Glucose - Fitbit Community

Solved: Diabetic Tracking Glucose - Fitbit Community

Auto-suggest helps you quickly narrow down your search results by suggesting possible matches as you type. Fitbit Community Council members are a select group of volunteers who share support knowledge on the forums and advocate for the betterment of Fitbit products and services. Learn more You could add your vote add But to answer your question, this is a forum for the community of Fitbit users to help out Fitbit users, we are nit the programmers of fitbit. Ionic, Surge, blaze, Alta HR, Flex 2, Charge 2, Charge, Charge HR, One, Zip, Ulta, Force - GALAXY S8, Take a look at the Fitbit help site for further assistance and information. Fitbit Community Council members are a select group of volunteers who share support knowledge on the forums and advocate for the betterment of Fitbit products and services. Learn more You could add your vote add But to answer your question, this is a forum for the community of Fitbit users to help out Fitbit users, we are nit the programmers of fitbit. Ionic, Surge, blaze, Alta HR, Flex 2, Charge 2, Charge, Charge HR, One, Zip, Ulta, Force - GALAXY S8, Take a look at the Fitbit help site for further assistance and information. I noticed that here is some shared frustration as to monitoring glucose on the ios dashboard so I have come up with a workaround. Since water ismanually added you can substitute glucose for the measure. And you can set goals. Which would counter for instance if you are trying to get to 100 and you are at 240 you set the goal at 100 and log 240. The con to this is that you would reach your goal every time until you log a 100 then you would be happy on the day you did not reach goal. Continue reading >>

Fitbit And Medtronic Team Up To Help Diabetics

Fitbit And Medtronic Team Up To Help Diabetics

Soon, your Fitbit wont just be monitoring how many steps you take in a day it will also help you keep tabs on your glucose levels by way of a new partnership. On Tuesday, Medtronic and Fitbit announced a new partnership that seeks to integrate health and activity tracking for patients living with diabetes and their physicians and care teams. Fitbit users will be able to see how their exercise impacts glucose levels, hopefully leading to better management of the condition. All this data will be streamlined in a new app myLog . We believe monitoring glucose is a critical element in the management of diabetes and therefore, glucose should be included among other vital signs. As such, it has never been more important to increase the collaboration between healthcare and technology to simplify daily diabetes management for the 29 million patients living with type 2 diabetes in the United States, said Laura Stoltenberg, vice president and general manager of Non-Intensive Diabetes Therapies at Medtronic. By creating a connection between physical activity and glucose levels, our iPro2 myLog mobile app solution provides new tools and insights, so that physicians can optimize therapy and patients can better understand how to manage their diabetes. Given Fitbits usefulness in tracking activity, it seems like a logical next step for the wearable to apply this data to various health conditions. Patients can log into their myLog mobile app to combine data generated by their Fitbit with Medtronics iPro2 professional CGM system, which will not only keep tabs on glucose levels, but also send necessary information to a healthcare team. This, Fitbit and Medtronic believe, will allow for more productive conversations around how best to manage diabetes. We believe the integration of wearabl Continue reading >>

The Fitbit Ionic Glucose Monitoring Smartwatch | Ireviews

The Fitbit Ionic Glucose Monitoring Smartwatch | Ireviews

By Michael J. Marquis , @MarquisInteract | September 13, 2017 in Smart Watch Were just one month away from Fitbits scheduled ship date of its Ionic smartwatch. Fitbits newest wearable device comes equipped with state-of-the-art GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workout programs, an intuitive heart rate tracking feature, and is water resistant up to 50 meters. Poised to compete with some of the biggest names in smart watches ( Samsung , Garmin , Tag Heuer , LG , and Apple ), Fitbit has added an impressive technology feature that none of the industry elites have (as of today): Glucose monitoring courtesy of DexCom, Inc. With more than 400 million people around the world living with diabetes, according to The World Health Organization, its time that a leading global wearables brand incorporates glucose monitoring into their smartwatch technology. Fitbit found the perfect partner in crime to make this all happen. Dexcoms CGM (continuous glucose monitoring system) is a revolutionary sensor that measures glucose levels subcutaneously (just beneath the skin) and wirelessly transmits data to Fitbits iOS/Android compatible smart app. It then sends the levels, in real-time, to the wearers wrist giving those with diabetes instant readings on their glucose levels at all times. The strength of our brand and our ability to track critical health metrics continuously for up to 4-plus days, coupled with Dexcoms market leadership in CGM, present a powerful combination that we hope will help millions of people better manage their diabetes, says James Park, CEO of Fitbit in a recent press release. With Ionic, we are focused on driving positive health outcomes and more health focused tools, and this collaboration is a wonderful example of how we plan to bring that vision to our users. Beginn Continue reading >>

Fitbit Has Invested $6 Million In Glucose-monitoring Startup Sano

Fitbit Has Invested $6 Million In Glucose-monitoring Startup Sano

Fitbit has invested $6 million in glucose-monitoring startup Sano Fitbit has invested $6 million in a glucose-monitoring startup called Sano, in what appears to be part of Fitbits larger plans to make its fitness devices more valuable for overall health. The investment was first reported by CNBC earlier today ; The Verge independently confirmed the investment. Sano , founded in 2011, is a San Francisco-based company that has been working on what it describes as a minimally invasive, continuous glucose monitor that youd wear on your skin like a patch. The product doesnt appear to have shipped yet, and its unclear whether this would be sold directly to consumers, or whether it will require FDA approval. That depends on what kind of claims the company is making about the technology. Minimally invasive glucose monitoring which means not drawing blood or monitoring the interstitial fluid just below the skin is a trend among some of the worlds biggest tech companies. Alphabet company Verily says its working on a miniaturized continuous glucose monitor . Apple is said to be working on some type of needle-less blood sugar tracker though as The Verges Rachel Becker has reported, its incredibly difficult to accurately test blood sugar without breaking the skin . In September of last year, Fitbit said that it was partnering with Dexcom, Inc. to bring a continuous glucose-monitoring display to the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch. Fitbit has also said its working on a solution for tracking sleep apnea, though again, that may require more advanced technology than Fitbits current slate of products offers . Continue reading >>

Developing A New Tool With Fitbit For Simplified Type 2 Diabetes Management

Developing A New Tool With Fitbit For Simplified Type 2 Diabetes Management

Home Integrated Care Developing A New Tool with Fitbit for Simplified Type 2 Diabetes Management Developing A New Tool with Fitbit for Simplified Type 2 Diabetes Management Posted by Laura Stoltenberg On December 7, 2016 In Integrated Care Today we announced a partnership with Fitbit to integrate health and activity data into new CGM solutions for simplified type 2 diabetes management. This partnership brings together our sophisticated medical technology with the convenience of automatic activity tracking from Fitbit. Together we can provide meaningful insights into how exercise impacts glucose levels for more effective diabetes care management. As you know, maintaining and tracking glucose levels are critical to effectively managing diabetes. For many people with type 2 diabetes, understanding how exercise affects glucose levels is a critical element to proper glucose management and long-term health. Additionally, many people are manually tracking and recording their physical activity, requiring them to recall and communicate that information to their physician from memory. As such, there is tremendous potential to use activity data captured by Fitbits leading wearable technology devices to provide actionable insights that paint a more accurate picture of how exercise frequency, intensity, and timing may impact a persons blood glucose level. Our new myLog mobile app automatically combines data generated by the Fitbit activity tracker with our iPro2 Professional continuous glucose monitor (CGM) , eliminating the need to track and enter this data manually. Through this partnership, we are able to leverage Fitbits strong consumer brand to reach more people with type 2 diabetes with fitness tracker-based apps that are specifically designed to manage diabetes in a more pro Continue reading >>

Fitbit's Ionic To Offer Glucose Monitoring For Diabetics

Fitbit's Ionic To Offer Glucose Monitoring For Diabetics

5 pictures Launched late last month, Fitbit's Ionic is the company's attempt at claiming some territory from smartwatch heavyweights like Apple and Garmin. Now the feature-packed wearable is set to gain a handy new piece of functionality, with the ability to display glucose levels on the user's wrist. Glucose monitoring has long shaped as a high-potential application for wearable devices. These could one day come in the form of contact lenses that change color as glucose levels hit dangerous levels, or small biosensors that monitor bodily fluids and send alerts via a smartphone app instead. The less time you spend thinking about your cargo, the more time you can spend running your busin... Dexcom, developer of glucose monitoring products, has taken the latter approach, and that seems to gel well with Fitbit's vision for wearable computing. Dexcom's CGM (continuous glucose monitoring system) consists of a small sensor that measures levels just beneath the skin and transmits data wirelessly to a smartphone app. But Dexcom and Fitbit have now joined forces to bring this data to the Ionic smartwatch. That means users of both Android and iOS devices will be able to have Dexcom's glucose data displayed on their wrist, beginning sometime in 2018. "The strength of our brand and our ability to track critical health metrics continuously for up to 4-plus days, coupled with Dexcom's market leadership in CGM, present a powerful combination that we hope will help millions of people better manage their diabetes," says James Park, CEO of Fitbit. "With Ionic, we are focused on driving positive health outcomes and more health focused tools, and this collaboration is a wonderful example of how we plan to bring that vision to our users." The Fitbit Ionic can be preordered for US$300, with Continue reading >>

Fitbit Versa Review

Fitbit Versa Review

There's more to like about Fitbit's second smartwatch Fitbit's back with the Fitbit Versa, it's second smartwatch and I think it's true love this time. With a better design and more affordable price tag than the Ionic, this has the potential to enjoy the success of the Fitbit Blaze, which has been one of the more popular Fitbit wearables. I'm not saying it's perfect, but there's no denying that Fitbit is more on-target with its new wearable. Price when reviewed:$199.95 Check current price Think of the Versa as the Fitbit Blaze 2. This sits at $100 cheaper than the Ionic, and the two share most of the same features. The big one missing here is built-in GPS, which you'll need to get by pairing with your phone. But otherwise the Versa shares the same Fitbit OS software and even the relative SpO2 sensors for blood oxygen found on the Ionic though they're still not "live". I've been spending some time getting to know the Versa, finding out what it can do and trying to work out exactly who it's for. My colleague Husain said it best when he described the Versa as "more human looking" than the Ionic. Gone are the hard edges of Fitbit's other smartwatch, with a more rounded aluminium case. Even the buttons it's the same three-button layout at the Ionic have softer edges to them. It's smaller than the Ionic, with a display measuring 1.34 inches diagonally, and it's light. Really light. It's thin too, measuring in at 11.2mm thick. Fitbit says it's the lightest smartwatch on the market, and although I haven't been able to get an exact weight, I can tell you that I've barely felt I'm even wearing a watch when I've had it on. The Ionic alienated Fitbit's female market with its large, unattractive shape, which the company has gone some way to remedy with the Versa. But a black box on Continue reading >>

Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch To Display Dexcom Cgm Data In 2018

Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch To Display Dexcom Cgm Data In 2018

Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch to Display Dexcom CGM Data in 2018 New Dexcom and Fitbit collaboration to put CGM data on the wrist, a convenience win and the third smartwatch platform for Fitbit. What else might they develop? Dexcom and Fitbit recently announced an exciting diabetes collaboration, starting with a new device integration: Dexcom CGM data will be viewable on Fitbits new Ionic smartwatch as soon as possible in 2018. The news brings Dexcom CGM data to the third major smartwatch platform, expanding beyond the currently-available Apple Watch and Android Wear applications. Initially, Fitbit Ionic will likely display data relayed from the Dexcom G5 phone app, just as Apple Watch and Android Wear currently do (secondary display). Over time, its possible that direct CGM-to-watch communication might be added this would allow CGM data to be sent to the watch without the phone being present (primary display). Dexcom is already working on this direct communication with the Apple Watch, though there is no timeline on when it might be available. We see big convenience potential in such an update and hope it comes to Fitbit too. The collaboration between Fitbit and Dexcom will make it easier to see health and activity data alongside glucose data, which both companies hope will be an effective tool for users managing their diabetes. In addition, Dexcom CGM users will be able to connect with millions of people through Fitbits in-app Community, where they can ask questions, seek support, and share successes. Fitbit Ionic, like other Fitbit devices, provides users with real-time and long-term insights about their health, including activity, sleep patterns, resting heart rate, and cardio fitness level. In a big improvement over other smartwatches, Ionic includes a 4+ day battery li Continue reading >>

Fitbit Ionic Review | Techradar

Fitbit Ionic Review | Techradar

The first ever smartwatch from Fitbit is a fitness watch at its heart. If youre looking for some wristwear to use while exercising the Fitbit Ionic may suit you, just dont expect a similar experience to other smartwatches out there. Fitbit has become synonymous with fitness trackers, but now the company has decided to expand into a whole new market. Long rumored, we finally have the first Fitbit smartwatch, and its called the Ionic. The company has combined its fitness know-how with the smarts of a variety of companies its bought such as Pebble, which Fitbit acquired in 2016 and brought it all together to add an impressive new wearable to its range. Offering similar features to expensive alternatives such as the Apple Watch and Android Wear , the Fitbit Ionic is a serious contender to be the smartwatch you choose to wear when youre out running or hitting the gym. However, there's now the additional competition of the new Apple Watch 3 , which includes the same LTE connectivity feature as the Fitbit Ionic, not to mention the incursion of Garmin into the fitness smartwatch space with the Forerunner 645 . The Fitbit Ionic costs 299.95 / $299.95 / AU$449.95 It's an expensive option for a fitness watch The Fitbit Ionic is the most expensive wearable yet from Fitbit. At 299.95 / $299.95 / AU$449.95 it costs more than the Fitbit Surge running watch, but a bit less than the Apple Watch 3 or LG Watch Sport . We've seen the price drop a little, but not by anything significant - the most we've seen it discounted is around the 290/$290 mark and that means you probably shouldn't expect any huge discounts anytime soon. Aluminium build and lighter than most smartwatches Either plastic or leather bands that are easy to swap out The Fitbit Ionic is a comfortable fit on your wrist, and Continue reading >>

Fitbit Ionic Specs News: Partnership With Dexcom Brings Glucose Monitoring Feature To Next Wearable

Fitbit Ionic Specs News: Partnership With Dexcom Brings Glucose Monitoring Feature To Next Wearable

Fitbit Ionic Specs News: Partnership With Dexcom Brings Glucose Monitoring Feature to Next Wearable By Jessica Ferrera , Christian Post Contributor | REUTERS/Steve MarcusFitbit Blaze watches are displayed during the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2016. One of the leading fitness tracker manufacturers in the world, Fitbit, has recently confirmed closing a partnership deal with Dexcom that would bring a glucose monitoring feature to their upcoming device called the Fitbit Ionic. Dexcom is one of the companies known for its focus on innovating products like its continuous glucose monitoring systems for people suffering from diabetes. In a press release , Fitbit specifically mentioned that their upcoming wearable device, the Ionic, would benefit from their newly-established collaboration with Dexcom. Added to that, Fitbit has also referred to Ionic as a "health and fitness first platform." "With Ionic, we are focused on driving positive health outcomes and more health focused tools, and this collaboration is a wonderful example of how we plan to bring that vision to our users," Fitbit CEO James Park said in the statement. Other than the CGM systems, one of the newest and most health-related feature to be embedded into the Fitbit Ionic is "a relative" SpO2 sensor, which normally comes in cable form with a device on one end to be clipped on the user's finger. The SpO2 refers to the peripheral capillary oxygen saturation. To simply put it, SpO2 sensors are responsible for reading or estimating the level of oxygen found in a person's blood. Meanwhile, the Fitbit Ionic will also sport the typical features and specifications found on a fitness tracker and a smartwatch such as a built-in "industry-leading" GPS that is most useful for wearable devices to indep Continue reading >>

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