Apple's foray into health: Tim Cook testing wearable blood sugar tracker

Apple CEO Tim Cook and model Christy Turlington at the Apple Watch launch event.REUTERS/Robert GalbraithApple CEO Tim Cook has been seen testing a glucose monitoring device, according to a CNBC report that fuels speculation Apple is working on its own glucose monitoring technology.

The source on the Apple campus told CNBC that Cook is indeed wearing a device and confirmed that it was an Apple prototype.

He continued to discuss the problems diabetic people face everyday in just monitoring their blood levels: "It's mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar", he said. Keep in mind a previous report from CNBC claimed the Cupertino, CA-based company recently hired a team of biomechanical engineers, with the objective of developing a noninvasive device that can monitor blood sugar levels.

Since last we reported about the said inititiative, the research team seems to have made enormous progress as feasibility trials for this sensor has already been flagged off.

There's no doubt that Apple is focused on bringing health tech to the masses via the Watch - Cook said as much in February.

The original idea behind this project came from the late founder, Steve Jobs, who wanted the company to find a noninvasive way of tracking blood sugar levels. Currently, the trackers require piercing the skin to get a tiny sample of blood and check the patient's blood sugar. It is meant as a program for people with, or at risk for, diabetes.

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Cook explained that he was able to understand how his blood sugar responded to foods he was eating.

Apple's many mouthpieces will be the first to tell you about how the company is working to revolutionize the world - but this feature has the potential to be truly life-changing. Wearables have typically been used to monitor general fitness, but a glucose monitoring system would be beneficial for all users, especially diabetics.

In Silicon Valley, a huge health trend is low-carb, high fat diets.

Vanessa Coleman

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