Fitbits and smart watches could predict signs of cancer, heart disease and diabetes BEFORE they appear
FITBIT-like wearables could one day diagnose killersincluding cancer and heart disease, experts hope.
By tracking a person's heart rate, skin temperature and other key markers the devices can predict infections and disease before they strike.
Fitness trackers and smart watches could one day monitor key health measures, helping detect diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes before a person falls sickCredit: Getty Images
And scientists believe they could detect inflammation and even insulin resistance - which canlead to type 2 diabetes .
Professor Michael Snyder, chair of genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine diagnosed himself with Lyme disease , while he was taking part in his own study.
On a flight to Norway with his family last year he noticed changes in his heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
As one of 60 people taking part in the study he was wearing seven biosensors.
Having worn the sensors on flights before, he expected his oxygen levels to drop and heart rate to rise while on the flight, and return to normal when he landed.
But, his numbers failed to return to normal.
Prof Snyder was unsurprised when he then went on to develop a fever and other signs of illness.
A new study has found by monitoring heart rate, skin temperature, activity and other key variables it is possible to spot the signs of infection and inflammation - indicative of diseases like cancerCredit: Getty Images
Two weeks earlier, he had been helping his brother build a fence in the countryside, so he feared he could have been bitten by a tick and developed Lyme diseas Continue reading