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GlucoWatch Approved for Ages 7 to 17


The FDA has approved the GlucoWatch, a glucose-measuring device that’s like a large wristwatch, for young people aged seven to 17. The GlucoWatch measures blood sugar by applying a low level of electrical current to the skin. It was tested on 66 people aged 7 to 17 who had type 1 diabetes.

The GlucoWatch adds convenience to diabetes testing, but people should use it only as a supplement to finger sticking. And there are some drawbacks—it’s fairly expensive (the cost is about $500.00) and its sensors need to be replaced about every two hours. GlucoWatch is probably not covered on most insurance plans.

The FDA has already approved the GlucoWatch for adults. Talk with your doctor or other healthcare provider if you’re interested in finding out whether the GlucoWatch is something you should consider using.

Journal of the American Medical Association, 2 October 2002
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