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Diabetes Monitoring In New Fitbit


Wearable fitness device maker Fitbit Inc. (FIT) has announced a collaboration with glucose-monitoring device company DexCom Inc. (DXCM) that will enable people with diabetes to track their glucose levels on Fitbit's new Ionic smartwatch.

Under the collaboration, Fitbit plans to make data from DexCom's continuous glucose monitors or CGM available on Ionic. The two companies hope to make the feature available "as soon as possible" in 2018.

"Through this experience, Dexcom CGM users on either Android or iOS devices would be able to see both activity and glucose levels, right on their wrist," Fitbit stated.

Fitbit introduced the Ionic, its first smartwatch, in late August. Starting at $300, it is available for pre-order from Fitbit and select online retailers. It will be available in stores worldwide beginning October 2017.

"The strength of our brand and our ability to track critical health metrics continuously for up to 4+ 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," James Park, CEO of Fitbit, said.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 400 million people around the world are estimated to be living with diabetes. Fitbit noted that for these individuals, being able to see both physical activity and glucose can be a vital tool to effectively manage their diabetes.

Ionic features a relative SpO2 sensor, GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance up to 50 meters. It also has smart features like contactless payments, on-board music, smart notifications, and several apps as well as clock faces available in the Fitbit App Gallery.

The smartwatch has core features from Fitbit like battery life of more than 4 days, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility.

With Fitbit's in-app Community, Dexcom CGM users will also be able to connect with millions of people, where they can ask questions, seek support and share successes in managing their health.

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