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FDA warns against using smartwatches to measure blood sugar

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday issued a warning about the risks of using smart watches and smart rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels without puncturing the skin. The FDA said smart watches or smart rings intended to measure blood sugar levels are not approved or approved. Measures blood sugar levels alone. The use of these devices could lead to inaccurate measurements of blood sugar levels, also known as blood glucose levels, and potentially life-threatening diabetes management errors, authorities warned. “If your health care depends on accurate blood glucose measurements, please consult your healthcare provider. Ask your healthcare provider about the appropriate FDA-cleared device for your needs,” the FDA said in a statement. Ta. These unapproved devices are different from smartwatch apps, which puncture the skin and display data from FDA-approved continuous glucose monitoring devices. FDA said in a statement. Without naming specific brands, the sellers of these unauthorized smartwatches and smart rings offer “non-invasive methods” that allow people to measure their blood sugar levels without pricking their fingers or puncturing their skin. He said that he was promoting the use of “technology”. However, authorities said these devices do not directly test blood sugar levels and urged consumers not to purchase them for that purpose. The agency also advised health care providers to discuss and assist patients with the risks of using unlicensed blood glucose testing devices. “The agency is working to ensure that manufacturers, distributors, and sellers do not illegally sell unapproved smart watches and smart rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels,” the FDA said in a statement. Through the FDA MedWatch voluntary reporting form, you can report adverse events or issues due to inaccurate blood glucose measurements caused by the use of unapproved smartwatches or smart rings.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration caveat Wednesday about the risks of using smart watches and smart rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels without puncturing the skin.

The FDA notes that it has not cleared or approved any smartwatch or smart ring intended to measure blood sugar levels alone. The use of these devices could lead to inaccurate measurements of blood sugar levels, also known as blood glucose levels, and potentially life-threatening diabetes management errors, authorities warned.

“If your medical care depends on accurate blood glucose measurements, talk with your health care provider about the appropriate FDA-cleared device for your needs,” the FDA said in a statement.

These unauthorized devices are different from FDA-approved smartwatch apps that display data from devices that puncture the skin and continuously monitor blood sugar levels.

Although the FDA did not name specific brands, sellers of these unauthorized smartwatches and smart rings are selling “non-standard” products that allow people to measure their blood sugar levels without pricking their fingers or puncturing their skin. He said the company advertises itself as using “invasive techniques.” However, these devices do not directly test blood sugar levels, authorities said, and urged consumers not to purchase the devices for that purpose.

The agency also advised health care providers to discuss with patients the risks of using unapproved blood glucose monitoring devices and help them select the appropriate approved device for their needs.

“Our agency is working to prevent manufacturers, distributors, and sellers from illegally selling unlicensed smart watches and smart rings that purport to measure blood sugar levels,” the FDA said in a statement.

Consumers should be aware of any adverse events or problems caused by inaccurate blood sugar measurements due to the use of unapproved smart watches or smart rings. FDA MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form.

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