The company, PKvitality, which specializes in wearables to be used for health and sport, recently revealed their K’Track Glucose wrist-worn tracker that can measure blood sugar and lactic acid levels without causing excessive blood or using large needles. This device could be useful for athletes, but also completely revolutionary for diabetics who need to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels. The device is no larger than a typical men’s watch and has a modern look so it can be worn at any time without appearing out of place. It can even be worn during exercise, which is a critical time when glucose levels can fluctuate. It even tracks steps and calories burned, making it multi-functional.
What is it?
This tracker is $149 and “absorbs fluid that contains [glucose and lactic acid] through the underside of the device”. Though the price tag may seem a bit expensive for a single tracker, it’ll save diabetics significant amounts of money because they won’t need to continuously purchase testing strips and other supplies that are needed to test glucose levels, while also worrying about cumbersome devices that are needed to test their glucose.
How does it work?
While K’Track Glucose is painless and uses significantly less supplies than traditional testing methods, needles are still used to test blood sugar levels. The difference is that these needles are less than half a millimeter in diameter and only penetrate the outer layer of skin. Fluid from immediately under that outer layer is absorbed into the tracker and it then gives accurate readings using the K’apsul unit, which can be viewed in K’Track’s app. The app will also show the levels of glucose over time. A single button needs to be pressed on the tracker in order to measure and display blood sugar levels. Check out this article for a diagram of how the process works.
Is it available?
Currently, PKvitality is awaiting approval from health regulators on whether or not it can actually sell this device to consumers, a process that could take a significant amount of time. Meanwhile, start saving up. In addition to the initial cost of the tracker, the K’apsul unit is around $100 and must be replaced every 30 days, though it may work out to be more cost effective (and definitely less of a hassle) than traditional ways to measure blood sugar. These prices do not account for any assistance insurance companies may provide.