Apple removes blood glucose readings from the Health app

Apple removes blood glucose readings from the Health app
Bad news for diabetics who had been counting on Apple's Health app to monitor their blood glucose level. Because the standard units of measure used on the app in the U.S. are not compatible with blood glucose readings used in the U.K. and Australia, an update is being sent out to disable this feature on the app. Blood glucose readings are used by diabetics to determine the amount of insulin they need to inject. Taking too much insulin could result in hypoglycemia. a condition that can result in coma or even death.

The Health app keeps track of blood glucose levels that are produced by a third party machine. But there is a difference in how these readings are measured. In some countries, like the U.S., the glucose is measured in mg/dL (milligrams per decilitre). In the UK and Australia, the blood glucose is meaured in mmol/L (millimoles per litre). Since confusion could lead to serious consequences, Apple has removed the readings for both standards.

While HealthKit supports both measurements, readings for the Health app are entered manually in mg/dL. As Apple works on an update that will allow the Health app to read both units of measurement, users won't be able to read previously taken blood glucose readings, although the data will not be erased. Still, third party apps with permission to read health data will be able to access previous readings, and can support both units of measurement.

Once Apple makes the necessary changes to the Health app, it will send out an update to reinstate the monitoring of glucose readings on the app.


source: CNET

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14 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move, that's a lawsuit waiting to happen, when someone goes into diabetic shock.

2. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Please wake me up!!!! This iBS World of manipulations and iLies is scary

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Ok, I am confused, why can't it simply prompt people to enter which kind of measurement they use? It seems very odd that they would remove things such as this, I mean a central device for all health measurements, like the apps already out there doing this, why would you remove something which affects a lot of users?

10. Rydsmith unregistered

I think you underestimate just how stupid people are.

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

A stupid diabetic is a dead diabetic, at least if they aren't observant in terms of their condition...sooo can't be too many of those around? that wouldn't notice a simple dialog box informing them to set it up correctly on first run?

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I think these measurements should be held only by professionals.

5. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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7. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Wrong But the truth is that Apple NEVER MEANT to apply this feature(just like the iBS rumors about Sapphire , iTV , iRing, Liquid Metal, Hologram iPhone....and so on) , but just to hypnotise the APPL stock victims.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You got me wrong . I meant by professionals health care providers (doctors,nurses,etc...). I don't need a crappy app to check my vital signs because this is a serious matter no joke about it. Especially these companies are not health care providers (Apple,Samsung,etc...).

12. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Dude you need to calm the f$%k down and take off your tinfoil hat. And while you're at it, stop looking out your window, as there aren't any commies in the bushes either.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I am calm . Why the hate?!

14. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

If you had looked closely, you would have seen that comment was directed at the sailer guy, not you.

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Woops sorry my bad.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Apple and Samsung, both leading the invasion of your private life, so they can make more profits.

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