Apple is making giant strides towards health, as the company wants to develop the “holy grail” in diabetes: non-invasive, continuous glucose monitoring.
Current CEO at Apple, Tim Cook now doubles as acting CEO of company and he’s also one of its beta testers.
This week, CNBC however reported that Tim Cook has been testing a new device that monitors his blood sugar levels. This glucose monitor gadget is still a prototype which is attached to Cook’s Apple Watch that can track how food consumption and exercise affects the CEO’s blood sugar levels.
Back in February, at the University of Glasgow Cook told students that he had been continuously wearing a glucose monitor, system but did not disclose whether it was an Apple prototype.
“It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar,” Cook said. “There is lots of hope out there that if someone has constant knowledge of what they’re eating, they can instantly know what causes the response… and that they can adjust well before they become diabetic.”
Apple has been very interested in developing what it calls the “holy grail” in diabetes: non-invasive, continuous glucose monitoring. When fully developed this will help lots of patients to monitor their blood sugar. Last month, it was reported that Apple has had a team of biomedical engineers working on this very project for five years.
If the work proves successful, these sensors would be able to monitor blood sugar levels without breaking the skin and open new markets for growth.
According to CNBC, Apple is currently conducting feasibility trials in clinics near Cupertino. And the company has also reportedly been in conversations with consultants to figure out “regulatory pathways.”
Why this matters: If Apple is successful in creating this next-gen glucose monitor, it would transform the Apple Watch from a wearable accessory to a revolutionary health device. Even though the Watch can now monitor your heart rate and track your activity, it’s obvious Apple wants to add more significant health applications.