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Smartphone 'diabetes app' launched

'STEP FORWARD': Smartphone 'diabetes app' launched

A NEW device launched in the UK will enable diabetics to help manage their condition with their smartphone.

The iBGStar 'glucose monitor', which attaches to the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, allows sufferers to check their blood sugar levels at any time, reports Ananova.

The £48 device, is aimed to help people with type-1 diabetes, an auto-immune disease that can lead to dangerous rises in blood sugar level.

High blood sugar can lead to serious complications including damage to the heart, kidneys, nerves and eyes.

Traditional blood glucose monitors (BGMs) are palm-sized devices that test tiny drops of blood obtained by pricking the skin.

iBGStar works by testing tiny drops of blood obtained by pricking the skin and carries out the analysis before flashing the results onto the screen.

Dr Andrew Hockey, medical director for diabetes at the pharmaceutical company Sanofi, which produces the iBGStar, reportedly called the app a 'huge step forward'.

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

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