Have you heard of dogs that can sense when blood sugars are dropping to an unsafe level? They are called Hypoglycemic Alert Dogs or Diabetic Alert Dogs (D.A.Ds) and they are enhancing lives every day!
D.A.D’s are relatively new to the world of service companions, training is time consuming which limits the number of Brittle and Hypoglycemic Unaware Diabetics that can be paired with these amazing dogs. For those who get the opportunity, the benefits are remarkable.
While most Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetics feel symptoms of blood sugars approaching dangerous levels, some have lost that ability which is called Hypoglycemic Unawareness or crazy fast BS spikes and drops, called Brittle. Those patients and families need help to recognize approaching severe low blood sugars to reclaim independence. CGMs are one option, another is a properly trained Diabetic Alert Dog (D.A.D). Because of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service dogs are able to accompany their Diabetic at all times to “alert” when their blood sugar is moving in a direction that could cause serious harm.
though scientists are unsure how the dogs are able to sense blood sugar
changes in their human companions, trainers, diabetics, family and
friends have all witnessed dogs reacting to the scent changes created by glucose imbalances. These dogs are providing a great sense of relief to people with diabetes and their families.
When a Diabetic's level of sugar (glucose) in their blood drops too low, the situation can quickly become a medical emergency. While not a medical emergency, when the level of sugar in a person's blood remains higher than normal, it damages organs. Both extremes are serious health threats and add psychological baggage every day.
Living like that is hard and isolating. Type 1 Diabetics need to do complicated mathematical equations before eating anything, going anywhere, before doing anything and still suffer from unexpected low blood sugars!
Scent Angels Diabetic Alert Service Dogs are trained to identify, and more importantly, act with a specific, identifiable, physical alert, to subtle blood sugar changes undetectable to their Diabetic companion because of their Unawareness. These dogs also become a balanced member of the family.
We want to help you reclaim your independence and to once again live life to the fullest.
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