Apple has announced five features on the iPhone and Apple Watch that could healthily support people living with diabetes and they include Activity, Cycle Tracking, Sleep, Medical ID, and third-party apps.
These features enable diabetics to outrun challenges they face like the requirement to always monitor blood sugar levels, the need to always be consistent with taking medications, selecting healthy diets and the need to get regular exercise.
Recently, Apple has shared some insights from its collaboration with health experts from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, American Heart Association and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
They have shared new findings from the collaborative research and are indicating how the studies are improving knowledge about diabetes care and Apple’s capability to leverage upon them to improve diabetes management.
iPhone and Apple Watch tools for diabetes management
Apple says it has introduced new features that are useful in diabetes management, and they are;
The Medical ID, is a feature included in the Health app. It allows Apple users to record relevant information about their health conditions and any medications that they are taking. This recorded information can be shared with medical practitioners in the event of an emergency.
Activity app on iPhone
This app helps Apple users to increase their daily step count or otherwise work toward increasing your activity levels by allowing them set daily goals, record duration, and receive reminders if they fail to met the stipulated object they have set.
Cycle Tracking helps you to track your cycle, predicts when to expect your next period, and estimates your ovulation. It can also tell you where you are in your cycle, a very crucial factor that in blood sugar management as this information actually translates the impact of hormonal fluctuations on blood sugar.
Research indicates that blood sugar level irregularities could be linked to sleep problems. Apple’s sleep app allows you to set a a schedule for sleep and receive timely reminders of when it’s time to relax and sleep.