Sweat Technology: Future Medical Potential?

Apparently, there’s a lot more to it than just pungent odors.

A group of UC Berkeley scientists has created wearable skin sensors that can actually detect your sweat composition.

“Why would anyone be remotely interested in seeing what’s in my sweat?” Relax, it is for your own good. The researchers hope that one day, “sweat diagnosis” will eliminate the need for more invasive procedures such as blood draws.

Sweat diagnosis can provide you with information about your dehydration, fatigue, electrolyte levels, and other medical information.

The keyword here is “real-time”: Unlike previous approaches, this method employs sensors, which monitor sweat composition in real-time. You can see how much fluid you lose while exercising, your sweat rate, and even the glucose levels in your sweat.

If things keep going at this rate, don’t be surprised if the next hot (pun fully intended) Apple Watch feature is a sweat-o-meter.

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