Can You Train Your Dog To Be A Diabetic Alert Dog?

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We Train Diabetes Assist Dogs To Help People With Type I Diabetes.

Diabetes Assist Dogs are trained to monitor smells in the air for a specific scent on the human breath that is related to rapidly dropping or low blood sugar levels. They are then trained to “alert” the person with diabetes, usually by touching them in a significant way such as pawing or nudging them. This alerts the person to check his or her blood sugar level. It also informs them that they should get something to eat to prevent hypoglycemia, or their blood sugars getting to a dangerous level. The canine partner can also be trained to retrieve juice or glucose tabs, get an emergency phone, or get help from another person in the house. Diabetes Assist Dogs wear a backpack identifying them as an assistance dog. This backpack has pockets where medical information, a sugar source, and emergency contact information can be stored. This provides an extra safety net in case the person with diabetes is unable to get help in time. Anyone finding the person unconscious or acting abnormally would know it may be a medical emergency and know how to get help. How can a dog detect low blood sugar? The dogs are evaluated throughout “puppy-hood” for a willingness to work and a sensitive no Continue reading >>

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  1. sud5nala

    oopsie said: ↑
    Totally annoyed now.. Does that mean I might not be T2 after all? (Im anemic)
    he said I was diabetic, prescribed metformin & basically sent away.. (not taking the metformin) I was 8.0.. With cutting carbs & hitting the veggie's (more iron) my meter tests have gone down. 5 on waking today, 5.4 before lunch & 5-2 two hours after.. & thats in 6 days.. Wow, in 6 days.
    Congratulations for holding off on the metformin!
    I was once told, "you have diabetes" by a nurse on the basis of my A1c. I googled furiously and realized that I was nondiabetic by a heap of test results, except for that one. Recent medical distress had suspiciously coincided with the leap in A1c. When I complained to the clinic management, they advised that the nurse had made no official notation that I was diabetic, despite what she had said so to my face. Weird, but to my benefit!
    Home testing is useful for monitoring. It is not administratively valid for diagnosis. Since your latest numbers are trending so well, in your shoes I'd keep up the regimen for a few weeks, keep monitoring, and if there's a need, get retested. I wouldn't get retested right away, while the metabolism is in flux from the anemia treatment. If the retest is negative, I imagine they'll be only too happy to send you on your way. There's a diabetes epidemic. One less patient to treat should please them.

  2. sud5nala

    Mep said: ↑
    I get iron infusions as I have iron malabsorption. I had an iron infusion at the end of last year
    I only get a test every 6 months or so. But if my iron level is high my guess by what you're saying is it may affect my hbA1c too?
    I just had that done and find out the result next week. My goodness, you will have to ask them if they have taken the step changes (speaking mathematically) in iron into consideration when conducting A1c tests. If you had the opposite condition -- haemochromatosis -- the A1c couldn't be used. Haemochromatosis is an excess of iron, and a major treatment is to drain blood periodically. Doing that of course spoils the preconditions for doing the A1c. I guess they infuse you with just iron, not plasma or whole blood, yes?
    HbA1c is a subtype of haemoglobin. The assay for glycated HbA1c actually measures how much of the HbA1c in one's blood has chemically bonded to glucose. 5% is a good value, 6.5% is officially diabetic. The test was perfected and the diagnostic values were selected based on the physiology of normal people. You could search the Web about this. ... iron deficiency hba1c validity. ... iron deficiency/malabsorption alternate glucose assay. I have done so and here's one hit. (Johns Hopkins is the name of an elite university that has a medical school and a diabetes centre.)

  3. tim2000s

    @sud5nala please stop pretending that you are a medical specialist. Most European meters apply the same calibration to give a plasma equivalent reading but use whole blood to do this as US meters. The manufacturers don't set them up differently for the US and Europe. If you read the European manuals you'd find this out.
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