The Fitbit App Now Supports Blood Glucose Tracking

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With its latest app update (rolling out throughout February), Fitbit now supports tracking your blood glucose readings within the app for users in the US. Your fitbit device still can’t measure blood glucose itself; it’s just the tracking in the app that is new.

“[H]aving somewhere to track [blood glucose] alongside your daily health behaviors like activity, nutrition, sleep, or stress, and other biometrics such as weight, can be extremely valuable in learning new strategies and helping make improvements in your health management,” Fitbit says in their blog post announcing the new feature.

Blood glucose tracking is helpful for people with diabetes or certain other medical conditions. The new feature doesn’t replace medical advice; the idea is to help you recognize patterns that relate your glucose levels to your meals, activity levels, and sleep.

If you already use the OneTouch Reveal app with a glucose monitor, Fitbit can now import readings from that app. Otherwise, you’ll have to log your blood glucose readings manually. You can set up the app to remind you to do so, including sending reminders directly to your Fitbit.

If you have a Fitbit Premium subscription ($9.99/month), you’ll be able to see how your levels fall within their target range over the past 30 days. You will also be able to include your glucose levels in Wellness Reports to share with your healthcare providers.

A few other updates are rolling out at the same time. U.S. users will now be able to track ECG readings on the Fitbit Sense and get SpO2 (blood oxygen) readings directly on the wrist on the Charge 4.

The Health Metrics dashboard, previously only available for the Sense and the Versa 3, is now available for the Versa 2, Inspire 2, and Charge 4. Free users can see 7 days of data, while only premium users get the 30-day view.