Fitbit just beat Apple Watch to the punch with this brilliant new health feature

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  • Fitbit users can now track their blood glucose within the Fitbit app, ahead of a similar feature expected to come to the Apple Watch Series 7 later this year.
  • Fitbit announced this new feature on Monday. Apple, meanwhile, is expected to add a sensor to the Apple Watch Series 7 that monitors blood glucose.
  • This comes as wearables like Apple Watch and Fitbit devices continue to pack in loads of new health technology that can prolong and potentially save their user’s life.

When the Apple Watch Series 7 launches later this year, one of the rumored features that people are expecting to see based on leaks and other rumors about what’s coming to make the wearable better than ever is a blood glucose sensor. A Korean report has already teased the inclusion of this sensor in the next Apple Watch model as a kind of natural next step, following Apple’s addition of an ECG function to the watch in 2018, as well as the ability to detect the irregular heartbeat known as Afib that can lead to serious medical problems. And then last year, we saw the Apple Watch Series 6 get the ability to track blood oxygen saturation — an important health metric to track, given that low oxygen saturation levels can be a sign of COVID-19. That’s why pulse oximeters quickly sold out online in the early days of the pandemic last year.

Next up is the Apple Watch Series 7, which ET News notes will be able to measure blood sugar (with this feature also coming to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, the same report notes). Apple, for its part, has “the related patent technology secured,” according to the report, with the iPhone maker currently focused “on ensuring reliability and stability prior to making the technology available.” This brings us to Fitbit, which now allows users to manually track their blood glucose levels.

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In a company blog post, Fitbit explains how to use this new feature: “Head to the Fitbit app to start logging your blood glucose levels and related symptoms to see trends in your data. You can also connect…