Smart watches were able to detect diabetes with 85 percent accuracy in 14,000 wearable users, solely based on individuals’ heart rate and step count from devices, according to a joint study between Cardiogram and the University of California.
Developers, however, have cautioned that this tool was not designed to diagnose, but to provide a potential screen for pre-diabetic patients, according to Verdict.
Some 32m people in the US have diabetes, while a further 70m people are thought to be living with so-called pre-diabetes, according to GlobalData figures.
With 88 percent of people who are pre-diabetic unaware of their condition, and one in four cases of diabetes going undiagnosed, DeepHeart could provide an easy and affordable means of diagnosing a condition with ever-increasing societal importance.
In 2017, diabetes alone cost the US economy $245bn, according to the American Diabetes Society.
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