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What Are Diabetic Alert Dogs (dads)?

Diabetic Alert Dogs — affectionately known as DADs — are service dogs that are trained specifically to assist diabetics. Their primary task as service dogs is to alert diabetics of an oncoming hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic event (low or high blood sugar!) DADs are able to do this by reacting to particular smells that are emitted from the human body due to chemical shifts caused by either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia (undetected by a human nose). There are various ways that the dog can alert their human of a low or high blood sugar, which all depends on how it is trained. These skills require rigorous training from professional service dog trainers. In addition to being on alert for blood sugar malfunctions, Diabetic Alert Dogs are known to provide a tremendous amount of love and emotional support to its owner, resulting in an increased sense of security and balance in the daily life of someone with Type 1. How can I find my own DAD? Getting a Diabetic Alert Dog of your very own is a process. The first step is to find a legitimate, accredited organization made up of trainers that will assist you in both the acquiring and the training of your new DAD. Alternatively, there are Di Continue reading >>

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  1. Gardengnome

    but in the UK it is 6.0/42. I recently found out my reading was 5.9/41 eleven months ago and am due to have the test done again this week and am feeling apprehensive that last spring's 5.9/41 may have risen somewhat. My dr didn't mention it was rather high when I had the NHS health check done which seems a little unhelpful, hopefully the weight I lost to try and get my hypertension down will have helped.

  2. phoenix

    Cut off points are decided on the evidence by committees so the actual point can be a bit arbitrary.
    The American diabetes association decided on a cut off point for HbA1c before the World Health organisation (which most other places tend to follow) made their report.The UK and many other countries don't actually use the term pre diabetes either .
    The WHO report said
    Levels of HbA1c just below 6.5% may indicate the presence of intermediate hyperglycaemia. The precise lower cut-off point for this has yet to be defined, although the ADA has suggested 5.7 – 6.4% as the high risk range .While recognizing the continuum of risk that may be captured by the HbA1c assay, the International Expert Committee recommended that persons with a HbA1c level between 6.0 and 6.5% were at particularly high risk and might be considered for diabetes prevention interventions http://www.who.int/diabetes/publications/report-hba1c_2011.pdf
    Really though there isn't a lot of difference between 5.9% and 6%. Diabetes UK does say that people with an HbA1c of less than 6% (42mmol/mol) may still be at high risk of developing diabetes.
    It's a good thing that you were aware of the risk , in spite of your doc not mention it (though did he suggest that losing weight etc might improve your health?)
    Well done on your weight loss and BP reduction, don't worry too much about the appointment. Losing weight and lowering blood pressure must be a good thing whatever side of the line you fall on.

  3. Lazybones

    As Phonex says, the WHO (World Health Orginasation) have published guidelines that define what they consider as the upper and lower limits for defining diabetes yes/no.
    Several countries have their own idea as to what these limits should be and may adjust their thresholds from the WHO recomendations.
    I know that Japan and one of the Scandanavian countries (I think it's Sweeden) have completely differing threshold limits that are vastly different from those recomended by the WHO.

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