FDA warns against unauthorized glucose monitors

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning against the use of smartwatches and rings that claim to measure glucose levels without piercing the skin.

The warning pertains to watches or rings sold through online marketplaces or directly from sellers who claim that the devices measure blood sugar noninvasively without requiring the wearer to prick their finger or pierce their skin. These products are manufactured by dozens of companies and sold under many different brand names.

These devices have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness, and their use by people with diabetes could result in inaccurate blood glucose measurements, with potentially serious consequences if relied upon for medication dosing.

People who experience any problems with inaccurate blood glucose measurement or experience any adverse events from using an unauthorized smartwatch or smart ring are urged to report it to the FDA through its MedWatch program.

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