Next Apple Watch could help millions of diabetics test their blood by simply looking at the screen

Next Apple Watch could help millions of diabetics test their blood by simply looking at the screen
Diabetics have to measure their blood sugar several times a day in order to see if they need to take some insulin. This is accomplished by using a small needle called a lancet that draws blood. A drop of this blood is placed on a test strip and inserted into a machine called a glucometer, which analyzes the blood. Seconds later, a reading is flashed. Not only is this a painful process (imagine sticking yourself over and over again each day as if you were a Voodoo doll), it also is quite expensive as test strips are not reusable.

Past attempts to make a non-invasive glucometer failed. They ended up being so inaccurate as to endanger the life of the user. But Apple has been working hard on a way to come up with an accurate system to monitor blood glucose levels without having to use a blood sample. With 30 million diabetics living in the U.S. alone, coming up with this Holy Grail could prove to be quite profitable for Apple. The tech titan is believed to have come up with a solution that involves tracking a particular part of the body.

The Glucose monitor could be built into an interchangeable smart band. These bands could add new features to the Apple Watch without jacking up the price of the wearable. Adding a glucose monitor to the Apple Watch in this fashion could allow Apple to get FDA approval for such a new capability without exposing Apple's secrets to the competition. Other smart bands could include one with a built in camera, or one with a built-in juicer to extend the battery life of the device.

According to one source,"there's so much more they can and intend to do with the Watch." Much of this has to do with beefing up the capabilities of the Apple Watch when it comes to capturing and analyzing certain data related to the health of the wearer. That includes monitoring sleep. And Apple could give the Series 3 Apple Watch support for LTE connectivity.

Apple Watch Series 3 could be released later this year, and if Apple does perfect a way for diabetics to get a blood sugar reading 24/7 by simply looking at the display on the Watch, sales of the device could explode, especially if health insurance providers agree to cover it.

source: BGR

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7 Comments

1. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Wow.. I hope this happens. Pricking myself every day sucks .. I would finally justify buying a "smart" wearable.

2. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

gonna believe it when I test it. but now all this are propaganda rumors so you'll hold off your tech purchase till apple adds new "innovative" colorful bands

3. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

'The Glucose monitor could be built into an interchangeable smart band'. Its not like the bands are cheap anyway. Anyone with any sense will buy clones off eBay for about a fiver. If you're a diabetic, then you'll just have to stick with your Apple original ones and pay fifty quid for each strap. I like this cunning plan here, '...includes monitoring sleep'. Hopefully it can do that while sat on a charger by the side of the bed.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

source: BGR's writer imagination... it's just recycled news

5. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

'if health insurance providers agree to cover it.' - You guys in the US really get shafted health cover wise don't you? What they'll do is just raise the insurance price if you don't have an Apple watch.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1426; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Considering this is Apple we're talking about, if it's not at least 99,9% reliable, it won't make it into the Apple Watch, because last thing Apple wants is to get sued by thousands of people who suffered due to inaccurate readings from faulty technology. So more than likely it won't be in there and if it is, not without a massive disclaimer and user agreement stating you are using it at your own risk.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This would require FDA certification in the US, and would expose Apple to lawsuits if not extremely accurate. We will see what happens, but I don't think it's likely.

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