Apple Watch and other wearables can detect diabetes, a new study suggests. The Apple Watch can detect early signs of Diabetes with 85 percent accuracy by collecting heart rate data. It can distinguish people with diabetes and people without diabetes.


Researchers from the health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco suggest that a neural network called “Cardiogram DeepHeart” was able to detect diabetes.

The study found that the Apple Watch and other wearables were able to detect the condition in previously diagnosed patients 85% of the time.

For the study, Cardiogram monitored 14,011 participants’ more than 200 million sensor measurements using an Apple Watch or Android Wear device and the Cardiogram app. the researchers explain that they used aggregated data  such as hypertension, heart rate, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation and other activity to train a deep neural network.

It is the first study that demonstrates how the wearables like the Apple Watch and other devices like the Fitbit, can detect early signs of diabetes.

Cardiogram co-founder Johnson Hsieh said, “Your heart is connected with your pancreas via the autonomic nervous system. As people develop the early stages of diabetes, their pattern of heart rate variability shifts.”

The research very important as the number of diabetes-sufferers continues to grow. There are more than 100 million individuals in the U.S. suffering from either diabetes or are prediabetic.

Cardiogram is planning to develop new features to incorporate DeepHeart into the Cardiogram app in the future that will indicate early signs of diabetes.