The next Apple Watch series may monitor the user’s blood pressure

The next Apple Watch series may monitor the user's blood pressure

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By all accounts, Apple and Samsung are believed to be working on a method that allows their smartwatches to provide a non-invasive blood sugar test for diabetes patients.

This feature would be welcomed by over 200 million insulin-dependent diabetes patients worldwide who currently have to undergo a painful and expensive test before each meal to help them determine the insulin dose they need to inject before eating.

Currently, diabetes patients prick themselves with a short needle called a lancet to draw blood. A drop of blood is then placed on an expensive test strip already inserted into a glucose meter, a small device that measures a person’s blood sugar level.

If a diabetic takes too much insulin, it can lead to low blood sugar, a condition known as hypoglycemia, and they may act confused or even lose consciousness.

Conversely, if a diabetic takes too little insulin before a meal, their organs can be severely damaged over time, leading to blindness, kidney disease, hearing loss, nerve damage, and more.

Therefore, it is important for insulin-dependent diabetes patients to give themselves the correct insulin dose before each meal. While the technology needed to provide non-invasive glucose readings on Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch is still a few years away, progress is ongoing, and there is hope that such a feature will be available sooner rather than later to provide insulin-dependent diabetes patients with the optimal solution: the ability to continuously monitor blood glucose levels using sensors placed on the watch.

The next Apple Watch series may monitor the user's blood pressure

Another essential feature for the Apple Watch in the upcoming Series 10 (or X) may be revealed.

In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote, “All signs point to the new Apple Watch getting a blood pressure monitoring device this fall.”

Gurman suggests that this isn’t a feature that will be added to previous editions via software updates, which might mean the feature requires new sensors to be added to the device this year.

Last December, Gurman said the plan calls for the first-generation blood pressure monitoring device to alert users when their blood pressure is high and suggest they schedule an appointment with their doctor.

Ultimately, Apple will improve the sensors so that the Apple Watch, instead of just warning, can detect an actual and accurate blood pressure reading for the user.

There are already watches claiming to track blood pressure for their wearers, but these involve inflatable cuffs within the watch band that must be positioned perfectly to get a reading.

If Gurman is correct, it will be interesting to see how Apple incorporates an inflatable cuff into the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 10 (or X) is expected to be released in September.

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