One Drop Now Available on Fitbit Ionic!

The News

If you have Fitbit Ionicthe ultimate health and fitness smartwatch from Fitbit that works across Android, iOS and Windows, has onboard GPS and music, payments and more with up to 5 days battery life—then this one’s for you:

One Drop is now available on your wrist! The new app designed for Fitbit Ionic is everything that you know and love about One Drop on your smartphone, now located on your Ionic device. Our dedicated team has been hard at work on this one, and we are thrilled to introduce the One Drop app for your Fitbit Ionic!

ICYMI:  We recently launched Fitbit integration with the One Drop | Mobile app. So, if you wear a Fitbit of any kind and want your activity data synced with One Drop, follow the instructions here.

The Fitbit Ionic App

If you have a Fitbit Ionic and the One Drop app on your smartphone, then you’re ready to rock. Now, with the One Drop Fitbit Ionic app, you can instantly see blood sugars, food intake, activity levels, and medication anytime, anywhere. It’s one more way we’re making this diabetes thing a little easier: instant updates on your health data right on your wrist!

Installing Your Fitbit Ionic App: Instructions

You can install the watch face in two ways. Choose either via the direct link (must be opened on a mobile device with the Fitbit app installed) or via the Fitbit App Gallery. If installed from the direct link, skip down to the section on installing the watch face (Step 3).

Step 1

From the Fitbit app, click the watch icon in the top left corner and select your Ionic. On the Ionic screen, select “Clock Faces” and find the “One Drop Watch” (you can narrow the watch faces by looking in the “Stats Heavy” or “Digital” categories).fitbit-ionic-app-diabetes

Step 2

Next, navigate to the One Drop Watch. Click the “Select” button. When prompted, allow the One Drop Watch permission to “Run in Background” and “Internet.” Click “Install.”

These permissions are required for the One Drop Watch to function.


Step 3

After installing the watch face, login to your One Drop account. Click the “Settings” link from the One Drop Watch screen. Then, click “Link One Drop Account.”

Next, a browser will open. Login to your One Drop Account. Select the appropriate login method (Facebook, Google, or Email), and click “Submit.”


Step 4

Click “OK” to grant the Fitbit Ionic permissions to access your One Drop information. Finally, if prompted to “Open this page in Fitbit,” click “Open.” Then, you will be redirected back to the Fitbit App.


That’s it! Now, you can look down at your wrist at any time to keep tabs on your One Drop data.

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One Drop Partners with Fitbit to Bring Diabetes Management Data Insights to Users Worldwide

One Drop users gain 24/7 access to Fitbit data in combination with One Drop health data to drive more comprehensive care management experience

One Drop to develop custom app for Fitbit Ionic™ providing diabetes-related health data on wrist for users of both Android and iOS devices

NEW YORKOct. 31, 2017 — One Drop, a leading digital diabetes care and self-management platform, today announced a multi-part collaboration with Fitbit (NYSE: FIT) that will use the power of Fitbit wearable data to bring enhanced data-driven care management tools to the diabetes community. The first initiative will be to integrate enhanced access to Fitbit data into the One Drop | Mobile app for diabetes management, providing One Drop users with at-a-glance access to Fitbit data, with the goal of helping users better understand the impact of physical activity on blood glucose management. Fitbit data will also be incorporated into One Drop reports, allowing physicians and One Drop | Experts, and One Drop | Professional users to utilize this data to make more personalized, informed care decisions.

Starting in November, One Drop users will be able to sync Fitbit intraday data to their One Drop accounts. This will allow users of the free, cloud-based diabetes management solution to seamlessly integrate data from all Fitbit devices throughout the day, reducing the burden of manually tracking physical activity, sleep and heart rate data.

One Drop will also analyze Fitbit data along with One Drop’s 500 million user-generated health data points with the goal of surfacing deeper insights and improving health outcomes for all people with diabetes worldwide. For example, someone can potentially see how their physical activity can impact blood glucose levels. One Drop | Experts1 users will be able to review this data with their very own Certified Diabetes Educator as they work together to meet personalized health goals.

“We strive to provide our community with the most comprehensive set of data and tools to manage their diabetes or prediabetes. Working with Fitbit, the leading global wearables brand, was a natural next step for One Drop,” said Jeff Dachis, CEO and Founder, One Drop. “One Drop is among the top Health and Fitness apps in nearly 120 countries with over 600,000 downloads worldwide. By integrating Fitbit data and creating an app for Fitbit Ionic, we will be able to provide our users and their healthcare providers with more data and deeper insights to better manage their diabetes.”

Also beginning in November, all One Drop users, regardless of their mobile platform, will be able to purchase the Fitbit tracker that best suits their needs, including Fitbit’s new smartwatch, Fitbit Ionic, through a special offer made available through a unique One Drop storefront experience.

One Drop will also develop an app for Fitbit Ionic, bringing One Drop’s care management experience to the wrist. Using the Fitbit software development kit (SDK), which was made available to developers last month, users will be able to track the same self-care data, and view data-driven insights and statistics from One Drop with convenience and ease.

One Drop is an award-winning2, cloud-based diabetes management solution with a track record of delivering remarkable clinical outcomes3  through its evidence-based self-care tools, professional coaching, and data-driven insights. A study published in JMIR Diabetes in August 2017 demonstrated a 1.1% to 1.3% absolute reduction in A1C in just four months among free One Drop | Mobile users, a more significant reduction than other published research suggested was possible using a mobile care management app. As part of this partnership, the companies are exploring new research opportunities to enhance future product innovation.

“Our mission is to help make the world healthier, and our new Ionic smartwatch is the health platform that allows us to deliver our most advanced health and fitness features to the market,” said Adam Pellegrini, General Manager Fitbit Health Solutions. “This holistic experience brings the power of Fitbit data together with One Drop’s sophisticated care management technology to provide meaningful insights on the role of physical activity and how it can improve the health of those living with diabetes.”

One Drop (Informed Data Systems Inc.) is a digital health company harnessing the power of mobile computing and data science to transform the lives of everyone with diabetes worldwide.The One Drop platform is evidence-based and clinically effective. It brings affordable, accessible diabetes care to everyone with diabetes and a smartphone, as well as their insurers and health care providers. One Drop | Chrome is sold exclusively by One Drop (iOSAndroid, and, Amazon (, and Apple
( One Drop’s consumer subscription services are available for purchase in-app (iOS and Android) and at The One Drop | Mobile solution is available for free download worldwide (iOS and Android). For more information, contact

Fitbit and the Fitbit logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fitbit, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Additional Fitbit trademarks can be found at Third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

1 One Drop | Experts has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education and Support:




One Drop | Experts + Apple Watch

Company announces study results demonstrating a 1.2% absolute reduction in A1c among people with type 2 diabetes using One Drop | Mobile with One Drop | Experts personalized diabetes coaching on iPhone and Apple Watch

New York, NY — September 7, 2017 — One Drop will present real-world data from an evaluation of One Drop | Experts with the Apple Watch at the Stanford Medicine X Conference next week. Using retrospective app-collected data, the company will report peer-reviewed drastic improvements in self-care and blood glucose among people with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Specifically, people with type 2 diabetes and A1c levels equal to or greater than 7.5% who used the One Drop | Mobile app with One Drop | Experts on iPhone and Apple Watch for three months saw a 1.2% absolute reduction in A1C. See abstract for additional details.

One Drop is a free, award-winning, cloud-based diabetes management solution available on iOS, watchOS, Android, and Amazon Alexa. On iOS and Android, the One Drop | Mobile app allows people to store and track self-care behaviors (including blood glucose checks, medication doses, physical activity and food intake) manually and passively via the One Drop | Chrome Bluetooth-connected glucose meter, as well as thousands of other health tracking devices and apps through Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. The fully-featured watchOS app allows users to track the same self-care data, and view data-driven insights and statistics, right on their Watch face.

One Drop | Experts is an ADA-recognized diabetes education* and coaching service delivered entirely through the One Drop | Mobile app. The “Experts” are Certified Diabetes Educators available 24/7 for guidance, support, and anytime care. Experts deliver personalized digital therapeutics programs to help people with diabetes define and achieve their health management goals. Users can communicate with their Experts anytime via in-app chat; all data recorded in the app is available to Experts in real-time, allowing them to provide personalized behavioral guidance when it’s most relevant. One Drop is also the only diabetes management platform that offers comprehensive self-care, peer-support, and expert support all in one place.

Last year, Evidation Health Inc. recruited 144 U.S. adults with T2D to complete a survey, receive an Apple Watch, and use the One Drop | Mobile app on iOS and watchOS in combination with the One Drop | Experts program. Using real-world, app-tracked data, One Drop found improvements in:

• Weekly physical activity: +35 minutes

• Carbohydrate intake per meal: -20 grams

• Average blood glucose: -35 mg/dL (a -1.2% A1c reduction)

Evidation Health Inc. recruited an additional 146 people to use the One Drop | Experts program with the One Drop | Mobile app on iOS only (without an Apple Watch). Results presented at the 77th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association included an A1c improvement of -0.90% among study completers and -1.00% among active users [1]. Leveraging app-collected data, One Drop reported these same users improved, but not to the same degree as Apple Watch users [2]:

• Weekly physical activity: +25 minutes

• Carbohydrate intake per meal: -15 grams

• Average blood glucose: -29 mg/dL (a 1.00% A1c reduction)

“Evaluating whether we’re moving the needle and affecting health outcomes is critical at One Drop,” says Jeff Dachis, CEO and Founder of One Drop. “We’re harnessing real-world data to understand One Drop’s impact. So far, outcomes are consistent, compelling, and enhanced by the Apple Watch.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just released final guidance on real-world data, which can be user-generated in an app like One Drop. According to the FDA document, when data is relevant and reliable, it may constitute valid scientific evidence.

“Our goals at One Drop are to improve the health of our users and to give them an incredible experience while they do it. At this intersection, we achieve meaningful outcomes,” says Dr. Chandra Osborn, Vice President of Health and Behavioral Informatics at One Drop. “With the help of Apple, we combine relevant and reliable passively-collected data, manually-entered data collected from our app, and objective glucose data from our meter, and we analyze all of them with the rigorous standards of scientific excellence.”

1 Kumar S., et al. Impact of a diabetes mobile app with in-app coaching on glycemic control. Late-breaking peer-reviewed poster presentation at the 77th Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association; San Diego, CA, USA, June 2017.
2 Osborn C.Y., et al The One Drop mobile app with in-app coaching improves blood glucose and self-care. Peer-reviewed poster presentation at the 77th Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association; San Diego, CA, USA, June 2017.


One Drop (Informed Data Systems Inc.) is a digital health company harnessing the power of mobile computing and data science to transform the lives of everyone with diabetes worldwide.

The One Drop platform is evidence-based and clinically effective. It brings affordable, accessible diabetes care to everyone with diabetes and a smartphone, as well as their insurers and health care providers. One Drop | Chrome is sold exclusively by One Drop (iOS, Android, and, Amazon (, and Apple ( One Drop’s consumer subscription services are available for purchase in-app (iOS and Android) and at The One Drop | Mobile solution is available for free download worldwide (iOS and Android). For more information, contact

*The American Diabetes Association recognizes this education service as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Learn more at

Empowerment through Technology: How do we get there?

Technology & Empowerment

The diabetes technology and digital space is booming and nowhere was this more clear than at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions held this past June in San Diego. From the exhibit hall and poster sessions to the buzz in the hallway, you couldn’t walk 10 feet without seeing something about diabetes technology.

As I listened to what people are saying about technology, I heard a lot of buzzwords and phrases like ‘engagement’, ‘make life with diabetes easier’ and ’empowerment’. It’s true and really exciting. If designed and delivered well, digital health and technology can empower people in their own self-care.

But we have to be careful to make sure these technologies empower people to make healthy choices in their diabetes management and not become disengaged from the link between their behavior and their health.

What does empowerment mean?

Empowerment means the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life. It’s the ability to be mindful and make healthy choices and having the tools and skills needed to act on these choices. Technologies help empower people with diabetes in many ways, especially by giving them data, tools and support, which can be used to increase motivation to be active in their health.

For example, seeing diabetes data can clearly show you the impact that some of your decisions have on your blood sugar, like if you drink a regular soda, it will make your blood sugar go up. Digital health can give people with diabetes tools and teach them skills they can use to actually change their behavior. These technologies also increase access to the support that’s essential to helping people make changes. Having a choice by definition means there is more than one path you can take. Empowering people to make a healthy choice with diabetes doesn’t necessarily make the choice easy, rather it helps them make the healthy choice even though it may not be easy.

I’ll be honest here. Some of the ways that people were talking about technology at ADA made me a little nervous. For example, some folks were describing closed loop and artificial pancreas systems as technologies that will completely automate diabetes management, meaning people who use them won’t ever have to think about diabetes. These tools promise to make diabetes easier and lighten some of the load that people with diabetes have to carry.

Diabetes, Technology & Empowerment


We are doing ourselves a great disservice if we let technology, or our expectations of it, disempower us. Diabetes is a serious condition and living a healthy lifestyle, including taking insulin and other medications as prescribed, is at the center of good diabetes management. We are fooling ourselves if we believe that managing diabetes doesn’t take hard work. We are not doing ourselves any good if we believe that technology can make hard work unnecessary.

If we aren’t careful in the way we talk about and use diabetes technology and digital health tools, we run the risk of becoming disempowered. Empowerment doesn’t mean easy or mindless, rather it means strong and mindful. Empowerment means that when you are faced with a decision, you have the tools you need to make a healthy one, as opposed to making an easy (and often unhealthy) choice and letting technology cover for you.

So, what does empowerment through technology look like?

At One Drop, we truly believe that empowering people in their health is the key to diabetes management. Everything that we do gives people the tools they need to become more mindful, motivated and empowered to manage diabetes well. No matter what technology we use to manage diabetes, whether it’s a closed-loop artificial pancreas system or just an insulin pen/pills,  we should always be mindful of the impact our behaviors have on our health outcomes.

We know that diabetes management takes focus and hard work, and we know this isn’t always easy. We’re committed to giving people the information, tools and support they need to lean into this hard work and be successful because that is the only way we’ll have a lasting impact our health. Any other way is just a band-aid on a broken bone.

The Lifespan of a Lancet

How often do you change your lancet?

How often do you change your lancet?

Ask ten people with diabetes how often they change their lancet, and you’ll likely come away with ten different answers.

Some people prefer to change their lancets with each use, some prefer a daily, weekly or monthly swap, and some go even longer. Out of all the diabetes to-do’s, lancet changing practices probably vary the most person to person.

How often do you change your lancet?
One Drop Community Poll – 661 responses

So, what’s the right answer?

Well… it depends on who you ask.

The technical answer, according to manufacturers and most healthcare providers, is to change your lancet with each use. This is a precautionary recommendation meant to guard against painful fingersticks, changes in the skin, and infection.1,2,3

However, home glucose testing has come a long way from when it first became available in the 1980s. Nowadays, meters require much smaller blood samples, lancing devices deliver shallower pokes, and we have better lancets. While it’s true that any needle used multiple times will become dull and require more force, many people do not notice a major difference after using the same lancet for multiple pokes. A simple rotation of fingerstick sites (use each side of the pad of the fingertip) can help guard against skin changes from dulling lancets. And, as long as lancets are used by only one person (whose hands are clean), the risk of infection is very low. (For what it’s worth, even a study on syringe re-use concluded that “diabetic patients frequently reuse disposable syringes, without apparent harmful effect.”)

Lancets are much better than they used to be!

In daily life with diabetes, sometimes there’s no convenient place nearby to dispose of a used lancet. Sometimes there are no new lancets on hand to replace one we’ve just used. And, let’s face it, sometimes we may just not want to.

In the grand scheme of things, a fresh lancet is not as critical to your health and well-being as the many other self-care tasks on your plate, like taking medications and counting carbs. If reusing a lancet makes it any more likely you’ll check your blood sugar, it’s probably fine to let it linger a little longer.




Introducing One Drop | Chrome

Buy One Drop | Chrome at or through the free One Drop Mobile app for iOS and Android, with shipping to US, UK, and EU.

What is One Drop | Chrome?

One Drop | Chrome is a sleek, compact, seamless glucose monitoring system. Using Bluetooth wireless technology, One Drop | Chrome instantly syncs your glucose data with the One Drop | Mobile app. Get unlimited test strips delivered straight to your with a One Drop | Premium subscription.

What is One Drop | Premium?

One Drop | Premium is the first-ever monthly subscription service to provide 24/7 on-demand access to Certified Diabetes Educators and unlimited blood glucose test strips on-demand — all for less than the cost of a monthly co-pay. As part of Premium, users get:

One Drop | Chrome

Devices that seamlessly integrate into your lifestyle — a gorgeous bluetooth blood glucose meter, chrome lancing device, and vegan leather carry case that fits in your back pocket.One Drop | Chrome syncs data directly with One Drop | Mobile.

Unlimited Test Strips

Based on your usage, all the test strips you need to use One Drop | Chrome are delivered direct to your door.

One Drop | Experts

Real-time (24/7) access to Certified Diabetes Educators to support you, guide you, and celebrate your accomplishments. Reach out to your personal diabetes Expert anytime via in-app chat through One Drop | Mobile.

One Drop | Mobile

One Drop Apple iOS, Apple Watch, and Android apps allow you to log and analyze Glucose, Food, Meds and Activity all in one place, set daily diabetes management goals, track daily progress, and interact with a worldwide community of people living with diabetes. The iOS and watchOS apps have full HealthKit and CareKit integration, allowing you to sync data from other health apps (e.g., CGMs, Bluetooth meters, food & activity trackers) and share your data with your Care Team. In addition, you get personal and community data-driven insights — with One Drop, you are never making choices alone. Currently, One Drop | Mobile is available as a free download in the Apple iOS App Store for iPhone and Apple Watch, as well as in the Google Play store.


Designing for Diabetes: Interview with Sara Krugman and Caroline Arvidsson

A couple weeks ago, One Drop participated in the DiabetesMine D-Data ExChange in San Francisco, California. The D-Data ExChange is an invitation-only gathering of key innovators creating hardware and software to improve the lives of people with diabetes.

Diabetes is a sea of meters, pumps, CGMs, trackers, and a slough of software. All of these things must be well-designed — simple, intuitive, helpful and humane.

Sara Krugman from is all about creating humane experiences with technology. She designed the interface to the first bi-hormonal insulin pump and started and ran a healthcare design consultancy, Line, before becoming the Lead Designer for Tidepool.

We sat down with Sara and her colleague, Caroline Arvidsson, who is the Lead Designer at Refugee Text and an expert in empathizing and connecting with end users in the design of digital products. Both Sara and Caroline are on the faculty at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in Denmark.

How do companies design for diabetes?

Sara: There’s nuance in behavioral things and personalization. You can’t do one size fits all.


Caroline: It’s a thing to talk about users and say what will our users think about this, how will they use this and have assumptions. It’s another thing to actually go out and meet people where they are, see how they are using something, ask them why they are using it like that and really dig into it to get inspired and bring those insights back. It’s a bit of a shift. It’s like an extra push. You have to leave your office.

D-Data DiabetesMine Summit

One company asked everyone in the room (competitors, users, providers) for feedback on their products, and got a lot of constructive, critical feedback. How unique is that? How valuable is that? And, should more people be doing it?

Sara: Yes, more people should be doing it. It was super brave and awesome of them to do that in this forum. It was basically unsolicited and unfacilitated feedback from 120 people with very strong opinions, which is impressive to do.


Everybody says yes we do that, but I don’t know if they’re actually doing it or where it shows up. What’s lacking is the documenting and sharing the process of things. But, actual user research to uncover insights and opportunities in a design thinking kind of way, I don’t think that happens at all.

diabetesMineD-DataExChange-quote2saraIf you could wave a wand to make the design part of these engines stronger, what would that look like?

Sara: A team of like 3 or 4 senior designers at every device and software company. And, from the beginning. You can’t build the whole thing and then hire a designer to make it look good.


Caroline: We can sit and blame an industry for not integrating designers into their workflow, but maybe it’s also a task for us, for designers to … figure out a way to close the gap between those two professions.

Designing products for people with diabetes is a privilege and an art. It requires the right players. We’re lucky to have designers like Sara Krugman and others who are making the experience of living with diabetes better for all of us.

One Drop Guide to Checking Blood Sugar

Everyone with diabetes needs to check their blood sugar. It can be a pain, but the truth is — it’s one of the best things you can do for your health. Checking your blood sugar lets you know how your body is doing at any point in time and empowers you to make healthy choices at those times.

You can only manage what you measure…

This guide shows you how to check in a structured way so that you can:

  • Spot trends;
  • Pinpoint problem areas; and
  • Make the changes you need to stay in range and on track!

Fun Fact: Studies show that checking blood sugar at regular times throughout the day significantly reduces A1C.

One Drop Guide to Checking Blood Sugar

Check out the infographic below to learn everything you need to know about checking glucose. We even provide advice about when you should check to get the most insight into how you’re doing. And keep your eyes peeled for a another guide coming soon, which explains all the ins and outs of structured testing and how to use it to your benefit. (Click here for a hi-res PDF.)

One Drop Guide to Checking Blood Sugar

4 ways Apple is helping prevent and manage diabetes

Apple Watch

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, says healthcare is an “enormous” opportunity for Apple. It’s led to the Health app, HealthKit, ResearchKit, and, more recently, CareKit. Last week, Apple hired a medical doctor. In the summer, they hired a pharmaceutical executive and an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes.

The new iPhone, Apple Watch, and iOS software are more health-focused than ever before, promoting health in a number of different ways.

How is Apple helping people prevent and manage diabetes?

Apple is using mobile tech to help people sleep better, reduce stress, eat healthier, and be active. All of these things can prevent diabetes, and, if diagnosed, help keep it in check.

1 – Promoting better sleep

Sleep is critical for everyone. Both not sleeping enough (less than 7 hours) and sleeping too much (more than 8 hours) can lead to diabetes. People (with or without diabetes) who don’t get good shut-eye tend to make unhealthy food choices. Blood glucose is harder to manage, and it takes a toll on physical and mental health.

love Get some rest

The iPhone clock app has a new Bedtime feature to help people sleep better. You can:

  • Enter what time you want to wake up and what days you want to wake up at that time.
  • Set goals for how many hours of sleep you want each night, and get a reminder when it’s time for sleep, and an alarm when it’s time to wake up.
  • See your full sleep history, and keep track of how well you’ve been doing.

With Bedtime, you can finally get your sleep schedule on track, which so many of us struggle to do!

2 – Promoting less stress

Stress and diabetes go hand in hand. Unhealthy responses to stress (e.g. emotional eating, drinking too much, etc.) can wreak havoc on our bodies. When we’re stressed, it can be difficult to take good care of ourselvesmanage blood glucose levels, eat healthfully and stay on top of our medications.

What’s the solution? Mindfulness: bringing your attention to the present, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings and thoughts.

Studies show mindfulness helps keep blood glucose levels in range.

love Take a minute to Breathe

WatchOS 3’s new ‘Breathe’ app does a great job of promoting mindfulness by:

  • Reminding you to relax, focus, and meditate.
  • Guiding you through a series of deep breaths.
  • Displaying a series of circles that expand and contract as you breathe with the app.
  • Giving taptic feedback during each Breathe session.
  • Displaying completed Breathe sessions and a user’s heart rate.

It’s the perfect app for anyone wanting to keep stress at bay.

One Drop + Apple
One Drop fully integrates Apple HealthKit and CareKit, so you can track all your health and fitness data in one place.


3 – Promoting healthier food choices

When people think about diabetes, they instantly think about food. Food choices have a big impact on diabetes management and development. Healthy eating is key to managing blood glucose and living a long, healthy life.

love Keep track of what you eat

Apple wants to help people keep track of what they eat — whether counting carbs, calories, or fat grams. Through HealthKit, third-party apps like One Drop get data entered into Health or other apps. One Drop users can then keep an even closer eye on how their meals, medications, and activity — combined — affect their blood glucose.

4 – Promoting physical activity

Physical activity is good for everyone. For people with diabetes, exercise helps blood glucose levels.

Apple Watch Series 2 can help iPhone owners with diabetes who want a fast and durable activity tracker. Like the first Watch, the Series 2 measures steps, calories, distance, heart rate, and logs workouts.

The new Watch Series 2 has some additional perks. It has a standalone integrated GPS, a faster processor, and is water-resistant. It’s designed for more types of activities and wearers. It’s for people who want all of their activity tracked on land or in water, and without their iPhone nearby.

love Go for a swim

The Workout app has new pool swim and open water workout options. Swimming is a great activity if you’ve got diabetes. It:

  • improves cardiovascular fitness
  • strengthens major muscles, so muscle cells can better absorb glucose
  • is less stressful on the feet than other activities
  • prevents joint injuries or arthritis for people who are older or overweight

love Track movement more accurately

WatchOS 3 also stops tracking activity when you stop walking or running, say at a stop light. It resumes once you start moving again. This improves the accuracy of the activity being tracked.

WatchOS 3’s Activity app is also easier to use during workouts. Pressing the side button and digital crown at the same time now pauses a workout. This makes it easier to take breaks and start up again without logging rest time by accident.

There’s also a new watch face that shows Activity rings, and you can easily share your activity with others. The idea is to provide shared incentives, get support, and exercise more with friends and family. As Dr. Mayberry and I have shown, this kind of support helps people with diabetes eat better and be more active.

Personal Anecdote

I got the iPhone 7 on the day it was released. My husband got the iPhone 7 Plus and the Apple Watch Series 2. He immediately shared his Activity rings with me. I’m now reminded, daily, of his perfect 3-ring activity streak. I’m helping him continue that streak even though I haven’t become more active. I have, however, started to sleep more and be less stressed.

Any way you slice it, doing one or all of the above results in a healthier and and happier life. Everybody wins.