Hence, for example, Apple’s efforts to improve heart rate sensors and its studies with HealthKit, CareKit and ResearchKit. A simple device that is always with us can tell the doctor more about our health than we can tell ourselves . For example, according to a study by Cardiogram, the Apple watch could be used to detect signs of diabetes in users.
In the latest Cardiogram clinical study of 14,000 Apple Watch users, the device was able to detect that 462 of them had diabetes, using the clock’s heart rate sensor and the company’s artificial intelligence algorithms . Previously, other studies had shown that by analysing the variability of the heart rate at rest and when active, diabetes and hypertension could be significantly predicted. As a result, Cardiogram has been able to predict this using the sensors of the clock.
Why is this important? Because detecting signs of diabetes is cumbersome and many users may have it without even knowing it . There are devices specifically created to detect diabetes by testing blood glucose. But being able to do this passively by just testing the heart rate has not been possible until now. Cardiogram does this by applying its algorithms and the accuracy is not 100%, but it is 85%. On the other hand, we must take into account that although the study has been done with the Apple Watch, it can be applied to other intelligent watches and bracelets that have a sufficiently precise heart rate sensor.
Cardiogram performs other measurements as well besides that of diabetes (which have not yet begun to apply it). Your iPhone and Apple Watch app can be downloaded for free from the App Store. However, they are still applications that take data from a device, nothing is more reliable than what your own doctor tells you. But if you’re looking for an alternative to the Apple Watch app , it’s certainly a good choice.
It will be interesting to see if Apple incorporates some kind of detection natively in the Apple Watch in a while. Currently for example the Apple Watch is able to detect heart rate abnormalities and prevent heart attacks. Apple’s approach to health is clear, and with this the Apple Watch becomes more and more indispensable if we are concerned about our health.