The medic explains why the Apple Watch won’t have a blood sugar meter

Apple is behaving strangely about technological progress. On the one hand, unique features appear in devices every year, on the other, Cupertino is extremely careful with innovations. Rumors about the appearance of new sensors in the Apple Watch have appeared a long time ago, but the world has not seen them in practice until now. In addition to non-invasive glucose measurements, we waited for a thermometer and blood pressure meter. Apple is currently developing next-generation sensor components in Apple Watch Series 8… However, in my opinion, it is definitely not worth waiting for this in the near future.

The blood sugar meter isn’t coming to Apple Watch anytime soon.

Recently DigiTimes published a paid report that said Apple and its suppliers have begun work on a new generation of infrared sensors for the Apple Watch. They are rumored to be geared towards measuring the wearer’s blood glucose level. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Apple is going to add a meter in a future series.

Glucometer in Apple Watch

I will try to explain why innovations should not be expected in the near future. I think everyone already knows about Apple Watch 6, which has learned to measure oxygen levels. The trick is really very useful, especially in the era of COVID-19. In fact, now each of the users can carry out diagnostics on their own.

In contrast to glucose measurements, blood oxygen measurements have been actively pursued in the past.

With Apple sensors, the magic lies in the idea of ​​continuous monitoring. In 2021, almost every home has Pulse Oximeter with AliExpress, but the Apple Watch still beats it. You see, the watch is always on your wrist. Day and night. Both at work and at home. This is their great advantage. In fact, this is why it is worth purchasing a wearable device as a gift for older people.

Apple’s smart blood glucose meter

And there is a key difference here with a blood sugar sensor. Before the Apple Watch 6 appeared at the reception, I measured oxygen to patients tens of thousands of times. Now everyone undergoes this procedure in the polyclinic. And there is still no non-invasive glucose measurement in wide practice. Yes, there are devices that allow you to install the device subcutaneously and walk with it on an ongoing basis, without worrying about jumping health indicators. For example, Eversense.

Its essence is as follows. The capsule is inserted subcutaneously into the shoulder by a healthcare professional, after which it collects data and sends it to an insulin pump with a calculated dosage of insulin for each specific case. The data is then transmitted to the transmitter and then directly to your smartphone. If the sugar values ​​are critically falling or rising, the user will be notified with an alarm. The sensor itself is located under the skin, and the repeater is on the surface. It looks like this.

An alternative to the smart meter is available now.

But, you see, they are still installed inside the body. Plus, the device has passed a lot of tests. Starting from a patent, ending with serious research in the clinic. And we do not take this into account the economic side of the issue. For such a device, you will have to pay an impressive amount. Not everyone can afford this.

Even if Apple decides to take such a step, calibration will become an inevitable procedure. All patients will have to carry out the classic measurement procedure. I think I’ll have to do this every day, exactly like in Eversense.

Blood sugar watch

In my opinion, it is much more promising to collect all the technologies together and implement them in clinics around the world. Now the doctor does not take into account the fact of a drop in heart rate or saturation when you come to an appointment. Yes, he can examine you in more detail. Or maybe not. In this case, his actions will be completely legitimate. Apple itself points out that none of the gadgets is a medical device.

If Apple made their own clinic, it would be much easier to promote technology.

When I told you about the large project of the Cupertinians to create their own clinic, everything fell into place in my head. If all technologies were tested in practice in a particular institution, they could be introduced into real medical practice. Apparently, the plan was just that.

But the idea was abandoned, even before it was announced. The conclusion that we had to draw from that news is extremely simple: circumstances do not yet allow us to engage in projects of such a scale in health care. Everyone should understand: before being introduced into medical practice, any technology goes through a lot of checks. And maybe it’s not even the medical side of the issue, but the legal one.

No matter how much I loved telling you about health control and other unique chips, at the moment they are useless on a global scale. If you want to dream of a high future, I suggest you go to Tesla Holster Telegram channel… There the guys publish really high technologies.

What’s the point in the fact that you are measuring oxygen, pulse or ECG? Be calmer yourself? Except that. Until the doctor in most hospitals in the world starts asking how the Health indicators on your watch performed, it is foolish to discuss the introduction of innovative technologies.

And what do you think? Should you add new sensors to your watch? Or is it better to optimize the existing ones as much as possible? I propose to share my opinion in our Telegram-chat, it will be interesting to read.


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