Powerful health features may be coming soon to Samsung smartwatches

Samsung is planning to introduce advanced health features to its upcoming smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra. According to a recent APK teardown by Android Authority, these watches could include an AGEs (advanced glycation end products) index, continuous glucose monitoring, and family health tracking.

The AGEs index is a measure of metabolic health and the biological aging process. It is a non-invasive method that measures the production of AGEs compounds in the body when protein and fat molecules are oxidized by sugar molecules. AGEs are associated with chronic age-related diseases such as diabetes, renal failure, and cardiovascular disease. Lower levels of AGEs are associated with physical exercise and can help predict the risk of diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.

Another potential feature is continuous glucose monitoring, which would allow users to monitor their blood glucose levels without the need for a blood glucose meter. This would be a significant improvement for diabetics who currently have to use a blood glucose meter that requires breaking the skin with a needle and putting a drop of blood on a test strip. However, it is unclear how Samsung plans to estimate this level without breaking skin while still making it accurate.

Finally, Samsung is working on family health data sharing with Galaxy Watches. This feature would allow parents to monitor the health tracking data of their child or family member, such as heart rate, sleep patterns, and activity levels. Family members can stop sharing or change what they share whenever they want, and shared data is automatically deleted and sharing rescinded after an extended period of inactivity. This feature seems likely to come to older smartwatches since there’s nothing here that seems to be tied to specific hardware requirements.

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