Apple Watch detects diabetes with 85% accuracy


Once perfected, Apple Watch sensors created to pick up early signs of heart diseases will also be able to detect if the person has diabetes as well. The study found DeepHeart had an 85 percent accuracy in distinguishing between people with and without diabetes.

Early detection could also help in cutting down on diabetes-related diseases before they get out of hand.

Cardiogram, the notable mobile health data firm, has apparently revealed that Apple's wearable watch integrated with a heart rate sensor can detect the symptoms of diabetes in patients. That meant an 85 percent accuracy rating.

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"We designed DeepHeart to be both multi-task (able to detect multiple health conditions) and multi-channel (able to incorporate multiple sensor data streams)", Cardiogram co-founder Brandon Ballinger said in an AppleInsider press release. Because of this information, they were able to analyze the 200 million heart rate and step count measurements that they gathered for their study. This will enable users to transfer clinical data, like cholesterol levels or lists of medications, directly from their doctors to their devices; 12 hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore and Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, will participate in the beta test.

Diabetes has a new enemy in the Apple Watch and other wearables as a new study indicates these smart devices can detect the disease with significant accuracy. The authors claim that these methods also outperformed hand-engineered biomarkers for detecting health conditions that have been reported in past medical literature.

The study from Cardiogram involved 14,000 Apple Watch and Android Wear users.

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In this study, UCSF and Cardiogram researchers are looking to lay the groundwork for future mHealth wearables with more sophisticated sensors.

This is just one of a number of studies that is set to validate the product and, according to the company, pave the way for use as an intervention. The organization's patent machine learning tool, DeepHeart, already deploys Apple Watch's heart rate sensor to determine whether the wearer has sleep apnea, hypertension, and atrial fibrillation. "Over the next few months, you'll see us launch new features that guide you through the process of screening, confirmation, and referral to clinically-appropriate treatments for diabetes, pre-diabetes, and more".

To be clear, though, DeepHeart wasn't created to diagnose diabetes. The pancreas is linked with the heart through the nervous system, and the changes are reflected in the heart rate when diabetes just starts creeping in, explains Cardiogram.

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