Tim Cook is testing a new Apple Watch device that monitors his blood sugar levels

Tim Cook is not only acting CEO at Apple, but he’s also one of
its beta testers.

This week,
CNBC reported
that Cook has been testing a new device that
monitors his blood sugar levels. This glucose monitor is a
prototype attached to Cook’s Apple Watch that can track how
food consumption and exercise affects the CEO’s blood sugar
levels.

Back in February, Cook told students at the University of
Glasgow that he had been continuously wearing a glucose
monitor, but did not confirm it whether it was an Apple
prototype.

It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a
day to check your blood sugar.

“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. Last month, it was
reported
that Apple has had a team of biomedical engineers
working on this very project for five years. If
successful, these sensors would be able to monitor blood sugar
levels without breaking the skin.

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. 

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