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Device enables diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels with an iPhone

Device enables diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels with an iPhone It also stores and analyses data

People with diabetes will be able to monitor their condition with an iPhone, thanks to a new device launched today.

The iBGStar, manufactured by Sanofi Aventis, is a glucose meter which can be connected to Apple iPhones and the iPod touch.

The device, which is being sold at Boots stores for £48, enables people with diabetes to test blood glucose levels anywhere, at any time. The technology comes with a free Diabetes Manager App that can store, process and analyse the information for individuals. Diabetics can also use it as a blood glucose diary and can even send the information to their doctor.

People with diabetes have higher than normal blood sugar levels. This occurs if the body does not make enough of the hormone insulin, or the cells in the body are not able to respond to the insulin that is produced, known as insulin resistance.

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Failure to keep glucose levels in check can contribute to complications from diabetes, including stroke, heart and kidney failure, blindness, heart disease and limb amputation.

The iBGStar is one of the smallest glucose meters on the market, and measures around 6cm long by 3cm wide.

Dr Andrew Hockey, medical director for diabetes at Sanofi Aventis, described the device as being "a huge step forward."

He said: "It harnesses the power of the latest technology to empower people with diabetes to manage their condition on a day to day basis."

This article was published on Mon 12 March 2012



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