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Diabetics can use their smart phones to test blood sugar

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Turn your smart phone into a blood glucose monitor. Turn your smart phone into a blood glucose monitor.

Patients with diabetes have to keep a close eye on their blood sugar and new technology might make that a little easier. The hottest new healthcare tool may already be right in your own pocket.

You talk on it, you text, email, and now, if you're diabetic, you can even test your own blood sugar on your smart phone. Normally diabetics have to carry around a separate glucose meter with them at all times in addition to their phone.

"Diabetics have to carry around a lot of stuff," says James Winchester, a diabetes patient. "The great thing about smart phone technology is it's one less thing they now have to carry."

Winchester travels around the country demonstrating how to turn your phone into a blood glucose meter.

You need just two things: the Gmate phone app and the smart device. The device is the size of a quarter and plugs into the headphone jack of your iPhone.

"When it's ready, it tells you it's ready for the strip," says Winchester. 

Since your cell phone is basically a hand held computer, the app keeps track of all your results, and charts out your blood sugar results over time. You can also instantly email all those results to your doctor or family members.

Pediatric Endocrinologist, Kevin Kaiserman, says this is just one of many advances that uses new technology to help people manage their diabetes.

"The greatest advantage is to help people gather, and be able to synthesize, analyze the information in a way that helps them not just have a single piece of information but to look for trends and analyze over time how their diabetes is being managed, where they can make adjustments to better manage their diabetes going forward," says Dr. Kaiserman.

Right now the Gmate only works with iPhone, not Android phones. It's already in use in Europe and is currently pending FDA approval here in the United States.

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