A woman has revealed how a feature on her Apple Watch could have helped her detect her thyroid status months before her diagnosis.
In one TikTok Video posted on February 2, Lauren, impersonating @studyvlogloz, explained some of the key features of Apple Watches that have helped her keep her health in check. She then urged her followers who have Apple Watches to enable notifications for “low heart rate, high heart rate, irregular rhythm and cardio fitness levels”, as she noted that, if she had , she would have learned hers. state earlier.
According to Apple’s website, heart rate notifications can be enabled through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. For alerts on cardio fitness levels, which track your oxygen intake and irregular heartbeat rhythms, notifications can be enabled through the Health app on your iPhone.
After encouraging others to turn on notifications, Lauren, a nursing student in Sydney, Australia, shared her regret that she didn’t have her own notifications, as she explained: “A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition…But I would have known something was up if my Apple alerted me to the changes.
“Instead of waiting for the symptoms to get really bad, I could have gone to the doctor in October when there was this dramatic drop in a few days.”
The drop Lauren was referring to was displayed on a graph, which showed a decrease in her oxygen consumption in October. The levels continued to decline over the months.
“It’s dropped dramatically, which means my cardiovascular system isn’t working as well as it used to,” she explained.
She noted that the timing correlated with the onset of her symptoms, including “fatigue”, “irregular heartbeat”, “severe heat sensitivity”, “weight gain”, “dry skin” and “irritability”.
Lauren concluded the video by reiterating that while an Apple Watch isn’t what she turns to for health and medical advice, it can still come in very handy.
“Don’t get me wrong, your Apple Watch is definitely not something you should follow as medical advice,” she said. “But it can be useful, I suppose, as a tool to entice you to go deeper into things.”
The TikTok video has over 351,000 views so far, with viewers in the comments agreeing with Lauren and noting how much they trust their Apple Watches.
“My Apple Watch saves my life as someone with heart disease,” one viewer wrote. “Literally watches over my heart all day and gives me peace of mind.”
“My Apple Watch helped me get diagnosed because my doctors just didn’t take me seriously,” said another TikTok user.
Other viewers have pointed out how this data from their Apple Watch has benefited them in the long run.
“Yes so important!” we wrote. “It’s so great to have the graph showing your constant heart rate as well! Especially if your HR is going up at the doctor. I started a new medication and it was so good to show it to my doctor!”
In a video posted on her TikTok last December, Lauren explained that she had been diagnosed with hemiogenesis thyroid, for which she is being treated.
As noted by the World Journal of Surgical Oncology, thyroid hemiogenesis (TH) is a rare disease where there is an “absence of thyroid lobe”. Most patients usually have no clinical symptoms. With a more common thyroid condition, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, some of the symptoms include fatigue, dry skin and muscle weakness, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Talk to The Independent, Lauren highlighted how beneficial her Apple Watch has been for her well-being. “It’s basically a logbook of when everything went downhill for me,” she said. “That and my Snapchat photos – when I compare them together, there’s a very clear timeline of when my symptoms started and how they affected my health.”
“As an aspiring medical student and nursing student, I am very cautious that abundant access to technology can catastrophize symptoms by making people assume the worst,” she added. “But on this occasion, I really wish I had all the settings turned on, noticed the changes and gone to the doctor sooner.”