Dogs Can Help Monitor Sugar Levels

‘Diabetes dogs’ can alert owners to sugar levels


According to a new study, dog owners can actually turn to their canine friend when it comes to monitoring their sugar levels. For the research, 17 dogs were trained by Medical Detection Dogs – a UK charity that works with researchers and universities – to warn their owners when their blood sugar levels were “out of target range.” Researchers then collected data from the owners to analyze whether the dogs were accurately able to respond to their owners’ hypoglycemic levels, and also whether the owners experienced better blood sugar control and wider benefits. The authors of the study, however, suggests, that while the dogs respond to the sugar levels of their owners, they are still uncertain as to how they are able to do this. They say it could be a result of the dog being able to detect changes in chemical composition of their owners’ breath, sweat and so on.


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John Montague DC is the owner of WebVitamins. He is active in the industry and is currently president of the NPA East.

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