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Woman raises Apple Watch WARNING! Do this, or you will be seriously ill

An Australian woman has shared how her Apple Watch detected a serious illness, but she failed to do something and it could have caused her death.

| Updated on: Feb 13 2022, 20:40 IST
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Apple Watch has a number of health tracking and life-saving features. How do they work? Know here. (REUTERS)

Apple Watch saves lives. Yes, it does. However, 21 year old Lauren from Sydney, Australia has an Apple Watch warning to share with you. Lauren says her Apple Watch noticed a critical fall in her health parameters, but the gadget did not send any warning to her! Why? Because Lauren had not switched on the notifications feature on her Apple Watch! This mistake on her part caused her to go through months of pain and stress and it could even have led to something worse. If only Lauren had switched on the Apple Watch health notifications, she would have seen how ill she was and taken preventive steps months before she actually did. She had been dismissive of her symptoms and merely thought, "I'm just tired. I'll be all right'."

Ultimately, Lauren consulted a doctor, but only after her symptoms went from bad to worse. Lauren, a nursing student in Sydney, Australia learned from the hospital that she had a rare thyroid problem. This was in December. However, she was feeling ill from way back in October. For months she had been suffering from fatigue, extreme sensitivity to sunlight and weight gain.

The hospital reports indicated that Lauren had half her thyroid missing! The disease is called Thyroid hemiagenesis. It was only after her hospital visit that she noticed from a chart in her Apple Watch a massive fall in her oxygen intake. It was a big indication that her body was suffering from a critical illness. She said, "That's when I could see the trend that my Vo2 max had dropped, literally in a matter of days.” Vo2 indicates how a body handles oxygen intake.

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Now, Lauren has a warning for everybody and that is to switch on all the Apple Watch Health app notifications so that any ailment that you may be suffering from are revealed at an early stage and that way you could prevent needless pain and even end up saving your own life.

Although, she clarified that the Apple Watch is not something that you can completely rely on, but it can surely be a handy tool to know about your health well before it gets worse.

What is suggested for Apple Watch users is to make use of this oxygen level consumption level feature notification to keep track of vital health parameters. So, here's how to enable it.

How to enable this feature on Apple Watch

  • To enable the notifications about heart rate, you will need to open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Then follow the on-screen steps. If you don't see any steps then tap the Browse tab and then click on Respiratory.
  • After that click on Blood Oxygen and switch it to enable.
  • Once this is complete, open your Blood Oxygen app on your Apple Watch and measure your blood oxygen level easily.

How to take a blood oxygen measurement

Step 1:

You can take a blood oxygen measurement at any time with the Blood Oxygen app.

Step 2:

Make sure that your Apple Watch is snug but comfortable on your wrist.

Step 3:

Open the Blood Oxygen app on your Apple Watch.

Step 4:

Stay still, and make sure your wrist is flat with the Apple Watch facing up.

Step 5:

Tap Start, then keep your arm steady for 15 seconds.

Step 6:

Wait. The measurement takes 15 seconds. At the end of the measurement, you will receive the results.

Step 7:

Tap Done. 

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First Published Date: 13 Feb, 20:40 IST