Proof that Apple is engaged on a product for folks with diabetes is mounting.
CNBC on Thursday reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner was noticed on the firm’s campus sporting “a prototype glucose tracker on the Apple Watch.” The information outlet reckons the gadget — ought to it truly come to market — could be a “‘should have’ for tens of millions of individuals with diabetes.”
The rumor comes after CNBC final month reported that Apple had employed a “small group of biomedical engineers” who’re figuring out of an workplace in Palo Alto, Calif. to develop a “holy grail for treating diabetes.” The “tremendous secret initiative” — deliberate by the corporate’s late co-founder Steve Jobs — goals to “develop sensors that may noninvasively and constantly monitor blood sugar ranges to raised deal with diabetes,” in keeping with the report.
Although the Cupertino tech big is mostly extremely tight-lipped about new merchandise in its pipeline, Cook dinner could have hinted a few doable Apple diabetes product in February. Talking with college students on the College of Glasgow in Scotland, the place he obtained an honorary diploma, Cook dinner stated he’d been sporting a glucose monitor for “a number of weeks.” He did not say whether or not it was an Apple prototype or a tool from a distinct firm, nonetheless.
“It is mentally anguishing to stay your self many instances a day to examine your blood sugar,” he stated, in keeping with CNBC. “There’s a lot of hope on the market that if somebody has fixed data of what they’re consuming, they’ll immediately know what causes the response… and that they’ll regulate nicely earlier than they turn into diabetic.”
PCMag’s Tim Bajarin, who has diabetes, argued in a recent column that if Apple tackles this space, an actual breakthrough could be an reasonably priced, non-invasive, and correct resolution. He makes use of Dexcom’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) and says “it has modified the administration of my diabetes for the higher.” But it surely requires a sensor on his abdomen and two small, hair-like wires that get blood sugar readings from an interstitial fluid just under the pores and skin each 5 minutes.
Monitoring through mild pulses or sensors on a wrist band or watch, like Apple Watch, could be much less invasive, however accuracy continues to be a difficulty.