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Apple Watch notifications for diabetes management
I have type 1 diabetes and I wear a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that measures my blood sugar levels. If my blood sugar gets dangerously low, I can pass out or go into 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.
To activate Emergency SOS on the iPhone, hold down the power button and up volume button at the same time and swipe over or hold down the buttons longer and it will count down from 8 and begin to let out a siren. Alternatively, you can set up Emergency SOS to activate by pressing the power button five times quickly. These activation settings can be programmed in Settings > Emergency SOS.
It displays information such as a name, date of birth, health conditions, medications and emergency contacts.
Emergency SOS is a powerful feature that could rescue you from a scary situation. This feature allows you to quickly and easily call for emergency services if you are in danger.
Setting up Medical ID
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.
Meditation has a plethora of health benefits, including the possibility to reduce the risk of being hospitalized for coronary disease by 87%.
Mental health is another important aspect of our health and the Apple Watch seeks to help free our minds with guided meditations included in their Apple Fitness Plus program.
Activating Emergency SOS
In addition to blood sugar warnings, the Apple Watch can help keep people safe in other ways, too. Here are a few other life-saving features to take advantage of:
Meditation with Apple Fitness Plus
Programming Medical ID is easy. On an iPhone go to Settings > Health > Medical ID.
There are a couple ways to activate this on Apple Watch. You can activate it the same way as Medical ID by holding the button and swiping over on “Emergency SOS” or you can continue to hold the button longer and it will automatically activate. Once activated, the watch will count down from five and let out a loud siren sound effect. You can cancel the request by letting go of the button before the countdown ends. The Apple Watch can detect if you’ve endured a bad 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.