Diabetes Management: Glucose Monitors that Connect to your Smart Phone

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By : Suvarna Sheth

These days, people living with diabetes have a lot of choices when it comes to glucose monitoring.  Glucometers have become easier to use, more accurate, convenient and smart.

Many glucose monitors are going wireless and have Bluetooth capabilities allowing you to synch valuable data to your smartphone, websites, and apps.

The apps help you track food and add notes about your exercise habits and insulin.  Smart glucometers give real-time updates on how your treatments are working can be vital for someone with diabetes.

They also aid in providing a complete picture of your health over weeks and months as colorful graphs and charts.

Smart glucose monitors are also useful because they allow you to share data with your doctor, a spouse, or anyone else.  We’ll explore a handful of choices on the market today.

Note: The following is just a handful of the many new products available. dLife does not endorse any specific product, and we encourage you to discuss your needs with your doctor in order to determine what is right for you.

Smart Glucose Monitoring Products:

 iHealth Smart – Wireless Glucose-Monitoring System

The iHealth Smart takes readings like a traditional glucometer, but it has the capabilities of synching data with its app, the iHealth, which creates a digital log-book of your glucose readings and presents your data in a clear, easy to understand tables and graphs.  Testing is quick, and results display within 5 seconds.   The data is secure and shareable cloud data which allows you to keep people aware of your readings.  The device can fit in your pocket.

 iHealth Align – Portable Glucometer

This portable glucose monitor also fits in your pocket.  It attaches directly to your smartphone or tablet and provides fast and accurate readings.  The device also works with the iHealth app which helps you measure and record blood sugar readings and share your results with your doctor right from your smartphone.  The app allows you to track your mediation and exercise as well. 

Dario Health Smart Meter

The Dario Health Smart Meter is a glucose meter, test strip cartridge, and lancing device, all in one device that fits in your pocket.  The glucose monitor pops out of the device and plugs into your smartphone.  The blood glucose readings are automatically synched to your smartphone each time you connect the device. The Dario connects you your smartphone and logs your blood glucose measurements on the Dario app.  The glucose monitor can be used with a variety of mobile devices.  Personal data is stored in a secure cloud server for reference.  Results can also be viewed on the Dario web-portal. 


The Glooko device is compatible with 50+ meters and popular insulin pumps, CGMs, and fitness trackers.  You can synch your data to your iOS or Android smartphone, share your data with your diabetes care team, and get personalized insight to improve diabetes management.  The apps let you track food, medications, insulin, exercise and more to create a digital logbook.

Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System

Dexcom G6 CGM system is the next generation in glucose monitoring. The system is different from traditional glucometers because there are no finger-pricks.  Glucose numbers are sent to your smart device.  The device has customizable alerts and users can be alerted when glucose levels are going high or low.  The device can be used on patients as young as 2 years old.  Data can be shared with up to 5 followers.

 Accu-Chek Aviva Connect Meter

This wireless meter transmits blood sugar results in the free Accu-Chek Connect app on your smartphone using Bluetooth technology.  This allows you to automatically track results without logging them in a log-book.  The device allows you to send results to caregivers, receive bolus advice and more when connected to the Accu-Chek Connect app.  The device can be paired with Apple, Samsung, LG and other devices.

 Contour Next One Smart Meter

This device allows you to integrate your blood glucose meter with a smartphone app to simplify the management of your diabetes. Blood glucose results from the day are automatically synced and logged. And over time, the results create useful insights for you and your diabetes management team.

 Fora Test N’GO Blood Glucose Meter 

The Fora Test N’Go has a slim and portable design. It has Bluetooth capabilities and synchs your readings with the iFORA data management app. The app allows you to better recognize trends in your glucose levels, track your meals and calculate your insulin needs. You can view your averages over time in graphs, making it easy for both you and your doctor to interpret the data.