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Warning: Smartwatch Blood Sugar Measurement Deemed Dangerous

Warning: Smartwatch Blood Sugar Measurement Deemed Dangerous



Warning: Smartwatch Blood Sugar Measurement Deemed Dangerous

Smartwatch Blood Sugar Measurement Deemed “Dangerous”: Diabetes Related Organizations Issue Warning, Strongly Advise Against Use. 

The Japan Diabetes Society, a general incorporated association, issued a warning on its official website by the 23rd, regarding the increasing advertisements for smartwatches (wristwatch-type devices) claiming to measure blood sugar levels. The society highlighted that at present, there are no approved medical devices that can accurately measure blood sugar levels without piercing the skin with a needle.

 

Warning: Smartwatch Blood Sugar Measurement Deemed Dangerous

 

 

In a document titled “Regarding Smartwatches Claiming Blood Sugar Measurement Function” published by the same society, it mentioned the increasing advertisements for smartwatches (wristwatch-type devices) claiming to non-invasively measure blood sugar levels. It also referenced the warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February this year, cautioning against the use of smartwatches and smart rings that claim to measure blood sugar levels without piercing the skin.

The document emphatically stated, “As of April 2024, there are no medical devices available that can measure blood sugar or glucose levels without puncturing the skin for finger pricks or subcutaneous sensor insertion.”

Prior to this, the Japan Diabetes Association, a public interest corporation, also posted a similar statement. “On February 21, 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that no smartwatches or rings for non-invasive measurements have been approved, which could lead to incorrect responses in diabetes treatment due to inaccurate measurements. Similar devices approved by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) in Japan are currently not available.”

The statement also referred to a paper published in February 2022 from China, which showed that the accuracy of glucose measurements taken from interstitial fluid via sensors on smartwatches was significantly lower compared to blood glucose self-monitoring devices or continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices approved in Japan. It concluded, “Therefore, for individuals with diabetes, there is a risk of unexpected hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia if blood sugar (glucose) levels measured by non-invasive devices such as smartwatches are used for treatment. At this point, we strongly recommend against using them.”

Warning: Smartwatch Blood Sugar Measurement Deemed Dangerous

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