Over the last 100 years, the lifestyle of people has dramatically changed. In the past, people used to follow a more healthy diet: food was mostly organic, meals were much smaller and contained far fewer calories than today. Also, previously people used to be physically active the biggest part of the day. In contrast, modern people eat too much, often fast food, and have a lack of physical activity throughout their days. All these contribute to a sedentary lifestyle and obesity, triggering the rise in the number of diabetes cases.
Diabetes management and monitoring require improved access to health care and management and monitoring efforts in particular. Blood glucose level, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, physical activity, diet, and some other factors should be considered. And with the advent of wearable devices, measuring and monitoring these factors becomes easier than ever.
In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the existing and coming wearable devices that help or have the potential of helping diabetes patients monitor their medical parameters easily and enjoy a healthier life.
Wearables for Patients with Diabetes
The market of wearables is currently valued at a sale of 181.51 million units, and the demand is constantly growing, with new products constantly appearing, like smart fabrics and hearables. When it comes to healthcare, the market is predicted to surpass $29 billion by 2026, compared to $ 6.8 billion in 2017. So there is no doubt that connected devices will play a significant role in the future of healthcare. As to the management and monitoring procedures for patients with diabetes, the beneficial role of wearable devices is already apparent.
Today, people with diabetes can already use a range of connected devices that make their life a bit easier and a bit more relaxed. Such devices allow not just measuring physical activity, heart rate and temperature, but also continuously and effortlessly monitor their blood glucose level, body mass index, pulse wave velocity, sleep, activity, etc., as well as to detect inflammation and the risk of amputation. The variety of wearables is wide, and some of the most known forms existing today or coming in the nearest future are illustrated in the picture below.