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Could the Apple Watch monitor your glucose levels soon?

The Apple Watch has long been touted by the company as an indispensable tool to track everything important about your health. It’s possible that soon, it may allow you to even monitor your blood glucose levels.

Apple has made some major progress on a project that it has been working on behind the scenes. If reports are to be believed, Apple is one step closer to incorporating a no-prick glucose tracking feature in its smartwatch. The project, which has been dubbed ‘E5’, can be an absolute game-changer in the health sector.

For the unversed, people suffering from diabetes have to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels. To do so, they need to prick their skin (usually with a needle) for blood that is later tested by a glucometer. As the Apple Watch can already monitor your O2 levels and heart rate, the tech giant has been working on a project that will let it monitor your blood sugar levels as well. Now, according to Bloomberg sources, the company has made major progress on Project E5 which, if successfully implemented, will be revolutionary.

Why is project E5 so significant for Apple’s smartwatch?

Apple Smartwatch
Picture credits: Courtesy Pexels/Ingo Jose

According to the World Health Organisation, 422 million people around the world suffer from Diabetes. So Apple’s plans for no-prick glucose tracking are highly welcome, especially since they can help make the process of monitoring one’s blood sugar a lot smoother.

As the Apple Watch is known for its health features, and since no gadget currently offers no-prick monitoring of blood sugar levels, it’s understandable why this project might be a priority for Apple. While Apple is yet to officially comment on the project, it traces its origin back to 2010 under Steve Jobs’ leadership.

Other Apple products and features in development

2023 will see a plethora of exciting Apple products get launched. The Apple Watch Series 9 will be coming out this year, along with the iPhone 15. In addition to the popular flagship devices, people are also looking forward to seeing what new features will come with iOS 17. Most exciting, however, is the rumoured launch of a VR headset that Apple might be planning this year.

(Main image credits: Courtesy Pexels/Artem Podrez, Cottonbro Studio)
(Feature image credits: Courtesy Pexels/Ingo Jose)

This story originally appeared in Augustman India.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Does the Apple Watch have a glucose monitor?

Answer: No, the Apple Watch does not have a glucose monitor right now, though the tech giant is reportedly working on a project that will allow no-prick monitoring of blood glucose levels.

Question: What does the optical sensor do in the Apple watch?

Answer: The optical heart sensor in Apple Watch uses green LED lights and light‑sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through your wrist at any given moment. By doing so, it can monitor your heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

Question: How does blood glucose get measured in the Apple Watch?

Answer: Currently, the Apple Watch cannot measure your blood glucose levels.

Question: Which is the best smartwatch to monitor your health?

Answer: With its health features, including crash detection, a heart rate monitor and a O2 monitor, the Apple Watch Series 8 is the best smartwatch for monitoring your health.

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