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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. v

    Hi ladies

    A little about me: TTC #2 since May, currently have a 3yo DD, had a chemical in July & was diagnosed in September with PCOS. This is my second month using Metformin and I'm having terrible side effects with my prescribed dosage, mainly diarrhea & vomiting (sorry if tmi). I've brought the concern to my doc but she sort of had a passive attitude towards my side effects. And some people have encouraged me to ask for Extended Release but can someone explain what exactly that means? TIA!

  2. JetsMom07

    It's where the Metformin is released into your body slowly over the course of the day versus the immediate release of the dose. The ER still hurt my stomach, but not as bad as the regular. There is also one called Osmotic that is suppose to be an ER version and more stomach friendly. I haven't tried it tho. I found avoiding greasy foods and coffee helped with the side effects. I still can not take the dose that my doctor prescribed of 2 tabs twice a day of the Metformin ER 750mg. I typically get 1 or 2 tabs per day in depending on how well I tolerate it that day.

  3. verovar

    So is the ER Met & totally different type of Met pill? Or is it just a different way of taking the dosage? My doc had prescribed me to take 2 500mg a day but I just take one before bed every night. Has your altered dosage affected your cycles? Sorry so many ?'s!

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