Apple Watch is 85 percent accurate at detecting diabetes, study finds

id=«article-body» class=«row» section=«article-body»> The heart rate sensors in your Apple Watch, Android Wear, Garmin or Fitbit can detect early signs of diabetes with 85 percent accuracy, according to a study from app developer Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco.

Your smartwatch could do much more for your health than just count steps. 

Cardiogram In a study involving 14,000 Apple Watch and Android Wear users, health sensor Глюкометры data was used to train a deep neural network called DeepHeart to identify participants with and without diabetes. DeepHeart has previously shown high accuracy in detecting atrial fibrillation, hypertension and sleep apnea

The 2015 Framingham Heart Study found that low heart rate variability and Глюкометры high resting heart rate are predictors of who will develop diabetes over 12 years. That helped inform the Cardiogram study's use of 200 million heart rate and step count measurements.

More than 100 million adults in the US have diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A quarter of people with diabetes are undiagnosed, and more than 88 percent of people with prediabetes don't know they have it. Cardiogram's study demonstrates that the heart rate sensors people are already wearing — paired with an AI-based algorithm — could become critical tools in detecting early signs of diabetes.

The study's results come amid earlier speculation that Apple is working on noninvasive diabetes sensors, but subsequent reports stated the technology is years away from becoming a reality. The tech giant released its Heart Study app in November, which can identify irregular heart rhythms and notify users who might be experiencing atrial fibrillation. 

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Fitbit's latest acquisition could help you manage health conditions

-text c-gray-1" >Fitbit is very familiar with the health care world, and its latest acquisition drives that point home. The company has bought Twine Health, whose centerpiece is a health coaching platform that helps you manage chronic conditions (such as diabetes and hypertension) and complete " Глюкометры Глюкометры Глюкометры lifestyle interventions" like weight loss or quitting smoking. The move will help Fitbit offer its wares to health plans and self-insured companies — and, to no one's surprise, gives it a chance to make more money from subscriptions.

The deal should wrap before the end of March.

While Fitbit isn't more specific about what it would like to do, it's not hard to see where the company is going. Its Ionic smartwatch can already talk to glucose monitors, and heart rate tracking has been a staple of its activity trackers for years. Health care and insurance providers could offer Fitbit devices to help you meet your goals without as many doctor's appointments or sky-high insurance premiums.