Heart health and metabolic health are profoundly connected, and heart rate is a key signal.
With our latest release, you’ll be able to see your heart rate with your glucose data for exercise and sleep so that you can gain a deeper understanding of this connection.
Whether it’s how to fuel a workout or how to improve your sleep, understanding the relationship between these powerful biomarkers is critical to reaching your health goals.
How to Set Up
To start, navigate to your settings page by tapping your profile icon, then the settings icon at the top right of the screen. From there, you'll select the source for your heart rate data. Make sure that you have enabled access to heart rate data via your Apple Health or Google Fit settings.
Note: You need to completely close out of Veri and re-open in order to receive the data. In some small cases, you may need to restart your phone.
When you exercise, your heart rate increases and, depending on exercise intensity, glucose will increase or decrease.
Take low to moderate-intensity exercise, for instance. This would be where your heart rate is around 110-120 beats per minute (BPM) - think, walking, cycling, or anything where you can have a conversation.
If you are fasting, your blood glucose levels will stay flat or decline slightly, as your body will primarily use fat for fuel - a more abundant resource.
If you recently ate carbs, your blood glucose will decrease because your body will always favor the more readily available fuel source.
When you do a HIIT exercise while fasting - where your heart rate is above roughly 150BPM - you may see a glucose spike, even though you haven’t eaten. That’s because your liver and muscles provide glucose for fuel by breaking down stored glycogen - a process called glycogenolysis.
Use this information to experiment with exercise type, intensity, and timing that work for your health goals.
When you sleep, your heart rate and glucose utilization decrease because you're not active, and your body shifts to processes that help you recover from the day.
Eating late at night, drinking alcohol, or having variable bedtime can cause your heart rate to take a longer time to lower once you fall asleep.
This can disrupt your sleep, increase overnight glucose levels, lead to high fasting glucose levels, and cause insulin resistance the following day.
By understanding the link between glucose and heart rate, you can adjust your sleep routine and meal timing to recover more effectively.
At this time, you can only select one source for your sleep and exercise data. Meaning you cannot have exercise data from one device and sleep data from another device.
This feature does not work for historical data. It will only show your heart rate data starting from the day you enable it.