Should You Wear A Smartwatch to Detect Diabetes?
By Dr. Rion Berg
February 09, 2018
Category: diabetes
Tags: smartwatch  

Apple smartwatch app-maker Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco just released data showing they could detect diabetes in 85% of people who already had diabetes. A study of 14,000 diabetic patients wore the smartwatch which used artificial intelligence to learn their heart rate patterns. These patterns were tied to their diabetes.

The study still needs to be validated by the medical community, but many are excited about the possibility of detecting diabetes in people who don't know they have it.

Early detection of diabetes is important so treatment can begin immediately. Diabetes affects the entire body including your feet.

Diabetes can lead to neuropathy (lack of feeling in your feet) which can make walking around barefoot dangerous. Most of us don't want to feel pain, but in some cases pain is a good thing. If you stepped on a thumbtack you'd want to know about it.

Failing to feel a thumbtack puncture or a sore caused by a shoe that doesn't fit quite right can lead to foot ulcers. Ulcers can take a long time to heal, particularly in people with diabetes with poor circulation.

So should you wear a smartwatch to detect diabetes? Sure why not, once the company has perfected it! But don't let it be the only way you discover you have it.

Make sure you see you doctor for regular check-ups and if you have the following signs and symptoms make an appointment right away:

  • increased thirst and frequent urination

  • increased hunger

  • weight loss

  • fatigue

  • blurry vision

  • slow healing sores

  • areas of darkened skin

Additional Resources
Top 10 Tips for Diabetic Feet (printable)
Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam

If you need diabetic foot care, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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