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FDA warns against using smart devices like watches and rings to measure blood sugar

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FDA warns against using smart devices like watches and rings to measure blood sugar

FDA Warns Against Using Unauthorized Smart Watches and Rings to Measure Blood Glucose Levels

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on Wednesday about the potential risks of using smart watches and rings that claim to measure blood glucose levels without piercing the skin.

According to the FDA, it has not approved or cleared any smartwatch or smart ring intended to measure blood glucose levels on its own. The use of these unauthorized devices can lead to inaccurate measurements of blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, and errors in diabetes management that can be fatal.

Consumers are urged to consult with their healthcare providers about appropriate FDA-cleared devices for blood glucose measurement, rather than relying on unauthorized smart watches and rings. The FDA also stressed that unauthorized devices claiming to use “non-invasive techniques” to measure blood glucose levels without piercing the skin are not accurate and should be avoided for that purpose.

While the FDA did not name specific brands, it emphasized that these unauthorized devices differ from smartwatch apps that display data from FDA-approved continuous glucose monitoring devices that do pierce the skin. Healthcare providers are advised to discuss the potential risks of using unauthorized devices with their patients and to assist them in selecting an approved device suitable for their needs.

The FDA stated that it is actively working to ensure that manufacturers, distributors, and sellers do not illegally market unauthorized smart watches or smart rings that claim to measure blood glucose levels. Consumers who experience adverse events or issues with inaccurate blood glucose measurement when using unauthorized devices are encouraged to report these problems through the FDA MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form.

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