Apple is taking a big step towards making the next Apple Watch the blood glucose meter more than 500 million people have been waiting for. That’s how important the innovation they’ve been working on for years in Cupertino, the holy grail of any smartwatch. Measuring the blood glucose index would be the first step for routine checks in the face of a problem 14.8% of the Spanish population are affected.
Diabetes affects 8% of the world’s population
Diabetes hasn’t stopped growing. Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the world population. Every eleventh adult between the ages of 20 and 80 suffers from it.. 540 million of people have it, although more than half don’t even realize it until the first symptoms of prediabetes appear.
The most common, type 2 diabetes, is suffered by the vast majority of people. In turn, this disease it is one of the main causes of others such as blindness, kidney failure or heart attack. In addition to billions in public spending, diabetes brings with it comorbidity.
The population with low income, unhealthy habits and lack of pharmacological help is the most affected group. Let’s not forget that you have a genetic factor and can delay development through healthy habits, such as “regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use”. But the reality is that it’s not always predictable.
Steve Jobs couldn’t believe it: The Apple Watch with blood glucose meter is closer than ever
Steve Jobs dreamed of it. When they acquired RareLight, a startup focused on blood glucose monitoring technologies, Jobs already had an Apple Watch in mind that would perform this analysis non-invasively using photonic sensors.
Current blood glucose meters base their technology on something as simple as a simple puncture and removal of a one cubic micron sample. This blood is then spread across a strip and then a small electric current releases electrons and oxidizes the glucose. In just a few seconds The laser sensor measures precisely and gives us the resultsComparison with reference values.
A somewhat annoying test, short but much more invasive than the one prepared by Apple. They’ve been studying this E5 for years, the codename that hides a silicon photonics-based model and a measurement that’s nothing but Optical absorption spectroscopy. The laser beam penetrates our skin at a specific wavelength and, through reflected reading, measures the glucose levels concentrated in our bloodstream.
It is evident that this project is still under development – by hundreds of professionals in the Apple Exploratory Design Group, or XDG— as reported by Bloomberg. That means it’s not a project for watchOS 9, but for later. But the reality is that this check can be done in seconds, without having to wait for a doctor, without having to go to the pharmacy, without conscious follow-up care – since the application itself would be in charge of monitoring – a reality a dream come true . It is a matter of time.
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