This smartwatch could save your life

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It is sure wonderful if we have a friend who takes care of us all the time as we don’t know when something might happen to us. Sadly, our friends can’t be there all the time since they also have their own lives.  Their family might need them and for sure, when it comes to you and their family, your friend would choose family over you. Fortunately, there is a device that could help us detect early signs of diabetes. This device is called the Apple watch and it has 85 percent accuracy using the built-in heart rate sensor according to clinical study.

Early detection could also help in cutting down on diabetes-related diseases before they get out of hand. While there have been other attempts to build special-purpose glucose-sensing hardware, this is the first large-scale study showing that ordinary heart rate sensors—when paired with an artificial intelligence-based algorithm—can identify diabetes with no extra hardware.

The research tapped into data from 14,000 Apple Watch users and was able to detect that 462 of them had diabetes, with a little help from an artificial intelligence algorithm.

According to Diabetes UK, almost 3.6 million Brits suffer from diabetes, making it the “fastest growing health threat” facing the country.

The latest study – a collaboration between University of California San Francisco (USCF) and Apple Watch app-maker Cardiogram – is the latest to push the health benefits of the popular smartwatch, which shifted 18 million units in the last three months of 2017 alone.

Researchers from USCF fed the mound of heart rate data to Cardiogram’s DeepHeart algorithm to help train it (AI systems typically require vast amounts of information to help them to get smarter).

The fat that the heart is connected with the pancreas, it would be easy to detect if you have diabetes if there is a change in the heart pattern variability.

Researchers from USCF fed the mound of heart rate data to Cardiogram’s DeepHeart algorithm to help train it (AI systems typically require vast amounts of information to help them to get smarter).

Such technology is also available in the likes of Google’s Android Wear, Garmin, and Fitbit.  At the end of the year, the AI can be integrated into the app itself, making it easier to detect pre-diabetes and diabetes.

But, Apple might just beat it to the punch, courtesy of a rumored future device that can help monitor blood glucose levels – something the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs originally set out to accomplish. That is not all as the Apple Watch might be also tell you about undiagnosed health problems.  This device might be the one thing that can save your life at the end of the day.

 

Sources: Techcrunch, The Sun