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FDA Clears First Over-the-Counter Continuous Glucose Monitor

In case you missed it, an over-the-counter continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system was just approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The device, made by Dexcom and called Stelo, would allow anyone interested in their blood sugar levels to get one without a prescription. CGMs offer real-time data on a person’s blood sugar levels, aiding in the understanding of how different foods, activities, and lifestyle factors affect a person’s glucose levels.

Athletes, pre-diabetics, those with a family history of diabetes, or those using fasting, or “biohacking” are all considered potential markets for over-the-counter CGMs. There is no alert mechanism for high or low blood sugars, so it is not for those at medical risk of hypoglycemia or serious blood sugar spikes.

Will you get one? I’m on the fence. Cost estimates are about $90 a month. I might wait and watch.

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