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From the Star Tribune...

Diabetics and their caregivers know that constant monitoring of their blood glucose levels is critical to managing the disease -- even while driving.

In an unusual partnership, Fridley-based Medtronic Inc. and Ford have developed voice-controlled in-car connections for drivers to monitor their blood glucose levels. A prototype released Wednesday in Detroit allows the automaker's in-car infotainment system, called Sync, to connect via Bluetooth to a Medtronic continuous glucose monitoring device, sharing glucose levels and trends.

If the levels are too low, an alert is sounded.

Constant knowledge and control of glucose levels is critical for diabetics to avoid hypoglycemia, or low glucose, which can cause confusion, light-headedness, blurry vision and other potentially dangerous symptoms.

Nearly 26 million adults and children are currently living with diabetes in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Association.

"Diabetes in particular is a chronic disease where frequent monitoring of blood glucose levels throughout the day is critical," said James Dallas, senior vice president of Medtronic. "By utilizing information technology and consumer electronic devices, we can help patients actively manage their health via access to real-time data on phones, hand-held devices or even in their cars."

The technology is still in the research stage, according to Ford.

Medtronic's $1.2 billion diabetes business is based in California. A cornerstone product is the continuous glucose monitor, which alerts patients when their glucose is too high or too low. That information enables the patient to make adjustments on insulin intake with the company's diabetes monitor.

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