By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com
“Hey, do you smell that? Warning, low sugar!” If diabetes alert dogs could talk, perhaps this is what they would say. For people with type 1 diabetes who are experiencing an episode of hypoglycemia, the warning from a trained dog may be more subtle, yet still effective.
Dogs learn to sniff out low sugar levels
Interest in and research into the ability of dogs to detect changes in individuals with diabetes that signal abnormally low blood sugar levels has been around for several years and is gaining in momentum. In an early study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, for example, researchers from Queen’s University Belfast reported on 212 dog owners who had type 1 diabetes.