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Fitbit now supports blood glucose level tracking inside the app

In a recent blog post, the company said that the blood glucose tracking feature would allow you to log and import your levels and then see them in an easy to use format.

Managing blood sugar levels can be tough if you have to keep pricking yourself to take a small blood sample, so Fitbit's solution should come in very handy.
Managing blood sugar levels can be tough if you have to keep pricking yourself to take a small blood sample, so Fitbit's solution should come in very handy. (Fitbit)

It has only been four weeks since we reported that Google closed its deal involving the acquisition of fitness tracker manufacturer, to be integrated into its hardware division. However, the teams at Fitbit have been hard at work and recently rolled out a brand new feature to the iOS and Android app - blood glucose monitoring.

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Managing blood sugar levels can be tough if you have to keep pricking yourself to take a small blood sample. This can prove difficult or simply inconvenient if you’re on the move a lot. Other users might just want to use a less ‘invasive’ option, which is why the new feature rolling out to the Fitbit app could prove to be very handy.

The Fitbit app can also send you reminders to log your blood glucose levels
The Fitbit app can also send you reminders to log your blood glucose levels (Fitbit)

In a recent post on the Fitbit blog, the company said that the blood glucose tracking feature would allow you to log and import your levels and then see them in an easy to use format. It will also allow you to set a specific range that you want to monitor your sugar levels within This could come in handy if you wanted to monitor your diet or exercise and find out what is making your levels change so you can make appropriate lifestyle adjustments.

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Since you are using a fitness tracker app, after all, you’ll also be able to keep an eye on how your other fitness parameters are looking alongside your blood glucose levels. The Fitbit app can also send you reminders to log your blood glucose levels which - it is a manual process after all. While the feature will be available for free users, Premium users will have the added advantage of seeing their levels over a month.

Is this one of those features that everyone should use? Definitely! With the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have reduced our exercise while food intake has either remained the same (or even increased) for many. With diabetes now affecting 20-year-olds, it's never too early to keep an eye on your blood sugar levels.

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To turn the feature on, Fitbit says you need head over to the Discover section and tap on Health & Fitness Stats. You’ll then be able to add Blood Glucose. Fitbit has also worked with third party meters - the first one to be supported is the OneTouch Reveal, which can be connected from inside the Fitbit app.

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