The Apple Watch Launch: 4 Things to Know

Here’s what we’ve gleaned about the smartwatch’s capabilities to help with Type 1 diabetes self-care.



Apple is expected to launch its smartwatch today, most likely with its HealthKit platform included. For months, the diabetes community has been speculating about the watch’s capabilities and what the HealthKit platform could do for daily diabetes self-care. Some have even hoped the watch would be able to monitor blood glucose readings without bloodletting, although there is no indication it is designed for this.

The development of the watch and the HealthKit have had some bumps in the road, showing that mobile medicine is still a work in progress. Here is what we know so far about the watch’s health monitoring capabilities from our tech coverage:

1. A HealthKit programming mix-up has led to some inaccurate blood glucose readings for users in Australia and the UK: Apple’s Goof

2. Dexcom is developing an app that allows users to share continuous glucose monitor readings via Apple’s smartwatch: Dexcom Develops Apple Watch App

3. Forget blood glucose readings, the Apple Watch has had trouble even taking an accurate blood pressure reading: Apple’s Watch Has More Health-Related Snafus

4. Apple’s HealthKit had more than its share of bugs when it first launched: Apple Bugs

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Craig Idlebrook is a past editor for Insulin Nation, Type 2 Nation, and Información Sobre Diabetes. He is now the community engagement and content manager for T1D Exchange.