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The Google X Life Sciences division partners with DexCom for better glucose monitoring

DexCom, developers of continuous glucose monitoring (GCM) devices, has forged an agreement with Google to make the technology available to the masses as soon as possible. Through focusing on minimizing device size and cost, the agreement can result in a better way for diabetics to measure their blood sugar.

The traditional method of measuring blood glucose is through a prick on the finger, a painful multi-step process that is repeated many times a day. DexCom’s technology allows readings with less pain. By using a chip embedded under the skin, blood sugar numbers are streamed to handheld devices recording blood sugar levels for up to 12 times an hour and displaying them in information-rich graphs.

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