“Tim Cook has been spotted at the Apple campus test-driving a device that tracks blood sugar, which was connected to his Apple Watch,” Christina Farr reports for CNBC. “A source said that Cook was wearing a prototype glucose-tracker on the Apple Watch, which points to future applications that would make the device a ‘must have’ for millions of people with diabetes — or at risk for the disease.”

“As CNBC reported last month, Apple has a team in Palo Alto working on the ‘holy grail’ for diabetes: Non-invasive and continuous glucose monitoring,” Farr reports. “The current glucose trackers on the market rely on tiny sensors penetrating the skin. Sources said the company is already conducting feasibility trials in the Bay Area.”

“Tim Cook also talked about the device to a roomful of students in February at the University of Glasgow, where he received an honorary degree. He didn’t say if it was a medical device from a company like Medtronic or Dexcom, or an Apple prototype,” Farr reports. “‘I’ve been wearing a continuous glucose monitor for a few weeks,’ he said. ‘I just took it off before coming on this trip.'”

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MacDailyNews Take:

Whoever comes up with an accurate Apple Watch smartband that acts as a non-invasive blood glucose monitor (reverse iontophoresis) is going to make a mint.MacDailyNews, August 24, 2015

If achieved, Apple Watch would become the essential device for hundreds of millions of people with diabetes.

According to the International Diabetes Federation:

International Diabetes Federation facts: Number of people with diabetes worldwide

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