Apple smart-watch sensor can detect the threat of diabetes with 85% accuracy

Cardiogram, an app that offers a function which is able to break down heart rate information accumulated by the Apple Watch, today disclosed the results of a latest study that advices the Apple Watch can be used to notice the indications of diabetes.

Latest clinical study done by cardiogram founder Brandon Ballinger showed that the Apple Watch can detect diabetes in those last diagnosed with the disease with an 85% accuracy.

The work is a part of the DeepHeart study collaborating with Cardiogram and UCSF. This specific study utilized data collected from 14,000 Apple Watch users and was capable of noticing that 462 diabetic patients by using the Watch’s heart rate sensor, the similar sensor other fitness bands using Android Wear also amalgamate into their systems.

The Framingham Heart Study displayed that resting heart rate and heart rate differentiation mostly estimated incident diabetes and hypertension. This led to the propulsion to use the Watch’s heart rate sensor to look if it could precisely detect diabetes.

Ballinger and his colleagues used Apple’s Watch to detect an abnormal heart rhythm with a higher range of 97 percent accuracy, sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with 82 percent accuracy when combined with Cardiogram’s AI-based algorithm. These results are used as an evidence in clinical journals or abstracts and Ballinger thought to publish the latest discoveries shortly after presenting at the AAAI 2018 conference this week.

Meanwhile  there’s a long journey with this research and proves whether the Apple Watch can officially detect early health problems, Cardiogram plans to apply new features to blend DeepHeart directly into the Cardiogram app in the future, which will permit users to be changed if early signs of disease are detected.

Ballinger along with his colleague on the study Johnson Hsieh stated they could be inspecting at a number of diseases to detect through heart sensors, probably even gestational diabetes. Hsieh also warns that those tested were already known to have diabetes or pre-diabetes and if anyone who doubts they might have it should go to their doctor, not just depend on the Watch to tell them the situation.

But the results are favourable. All we need to do is just have to wait and see what else the Apple Watch and other fitness monitors with a built-in heart rate sensor are capable to tell us about ourselves next.

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