Google to Help Develop Wearable Blood Sugar Sensor
Google has taken another step into the healthcare business, this time by partnering in the development of a low-cost, wearable, bandage-size sensor that monitors the glucose levels of people with all types of diabetes.
Working with the sensor technology company DexCom, Google says the sensor will simplify glucose-monitoring and make it easier for people to proactively manage their health. The companies believe it could replace today's common monitoring process that requires getting blood samples by pricking your fingers regularly.
Previous health technology from Google includes a wearable health tracking wristband that measures heart rhythm, pulse and skin temperature, revealed in June. It also announced the planned development of a glucose-monitoring contact lens.
DexCom has estimated the glucose sensor will be on the market with five years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, with 1 in 4 unaware that they are affected by the condition.
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