Apple Monitoring Blood Glucose
Apple appears to be working on blood glucose monitoring as a way to address Type 2 Diabetes.“Stick it in your ear”. Literally.
Not all Apple product rumors are equal. Speculation that the headphone jack will reappear with the iPhone 8 has been rightly ridiculed. But the evidence Apple will introduce a glucose monitoring device is worthy of our interest.
“Glucose monitoring” is a code word for fighting the growing scourge of Type 2 Diabetes. Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, which is unpreventable, the Type 2 variety is, to be polite, a “lifestyle” disease, meaning we eat too much and don’t exercise enough. (As usual, the French are more brutal: for them, Type 2 is Diabète gras, Fat Diabetes).
A 2016 Harvard School of Public Health study places the global cost of Type 2 Diabetes at $825B per year and growing [as always, edits and emphasis mine]:
“… in the last 35 years, global diabetes among men has more than doubled — from 4.3% in 1980 to 9% in 2014 — after adjusting for the effect of aging. Meanwhile diabetes among women has risen from 5% in 1980 to 7.9% in 2014. This rise translates as 422 million adults in the world with diabetes in 2014 — which has nearly quadrupled since 1980 (108 million).”
In theory, there is, of course, an “easy” remedy: Eat less and exercise more…for the rest of your life. A healthy lifestyle adds days to one’s life, and life to one’s days. Easier nagged than done. In reality, a growing percentage of the human population keeps growing.
Enter blood glucose monitoring. Devices that tell you your blood sugar concentration, o Continue reading