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Apple Watch and a blood glucose sensor help save life of CNET editor

The Apple Watch offers several life-saving features, as do other popular smartwatches. (Image source: Apple)
The Apple Watch offers several life-saving features, as do other popular smartwatches. (Image source: Apple)
It is only a matter of time before the Apple Watch can measure blood sugar levels, the sensors for which are already in development. Currently, this feature requires external sensors, unlike on competing smartwatches. Still, a CNET editor claims that the Apple Watch continues to offer life-saving benefits.

At some stage, Apple will release a Watch Series smartwatch with blood pressure measuring capabilities. Reputedly, these new sensors will not be ready until 2024, at the earliest. For context, Huawei sells the Watch D with a built-in blood pressure cuff. However, Huawei has not received regulatory approval to sell the Watch D with this feature enabled in many markets yet. In the meantime, CNET editor Justin Eastzer explains that an external blood glucose sensor and an Apple Watch has already saved his life. 

Eastzer suffers from type 1 diabetes, meaning that his body cannot produce insulin. According to Eastzer, he uses a continuous blood glucose sensor (CGM) to monitor blood sugar levels, which attaches to the skin and sends notifications to his Apple Watch when necessary. Writing on CNET, Eastzer claims that his Apple Watch woke him with a low blood sugar warning, giving him enough time to prevent a diabetic coma. 

As he discusses in the embedded video below, the Apple Watch can also save lives in other ways, as can some of its competitors like the Galaxy Watch5 series. For example, there is an emergency passport, through which paramedics can read important information from your Apple Watch, such as your blood type. Also, Apple includes fall detection, which can automatically call emergency services if it senses a heavy impact, among other features.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-08-18 (Update: 2022-08-18)