How the Apple Watch Saved My Life — and Could Rescue You

The Apple Watch can make calls, receive texts and navigate you from point A to point B, but it can also save your life. Thanks to Apple’s various health and safety features, the Apple Watch can be used to protect you or someone else in a few ways. I know because I’ve experienced it firsthand.

Diabetes management

I have type 1 diabetes and wear a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that measures my blood sugar levels. If my blood sugar gets dangerously low, I can pass out or enter a diabetic coma. Luckily, my CGM connects to my watch and sends notifications before it’s too late. This feature saved my life a few months ago.

I woke up to a dangerously low blood sugar warning on my Apple Watch. I ran to the fridge, grabbed some orange juice, drank it, and passed out. I woke up a few minutes later because my sugar levels had returned to normal. That was one of the scariest moments of my life, and thanks to my Apple Watch alerts, I could address the low blood sugar before it was too late.

In addition to blood sugar warnings, the Apple Watch can also help keep people safe in other ways. Here are a few other life-saving features to take advantage of:

Fall detection

The Apple Watch can detect if you’ve endured a nasty fall. The wearable combines two tools: an accelerometer, which detects velocity, and a gyroscope, which detects the Earth’s gravity. Together, the two can alert the watch of a bad fall and activate a warning on the watch face asking if you want to call emergency services. 

If the watch detects you’re moving, it waits for you to respond to the alert and won’t automatically call for help. If it detects you haven’t moved for about a minute, it will make the call automatically. It will also send a message to your emergency contacts with your location, letting them know your watch detected a hard fall and called for emergency services. Emergency contacts are retrieved from Medical ID, which is programmed on the iPhone.

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