Shared from the Denver Post.
Had never though of dog sensing sugar levels biased upon smell. Interesting read. I can’t have a dog at the moment, because of my job. If I had a person I was helping care for, who had a hard time monitoring sugars, I would think about something like this.
People who have type one diabetes don’t have their sugars monitored by their own body, only get a few blood sugar readings a day when they make the decision to do it externally.
A diabetic is supposed to do 4 or more tests per day. Every minute between these readings is like sticking your car on cruise control, steering your car with a blind fold on, only peaking when you feel your tires starting to go off-road. You hope the road is straight, but it’s always changing.
When you’re young, diabetes is scary. When you’re older, you become less sensitive to the effects of your sugars. As you get experienced to diabetes the effects carry more physical consequences. When you’re newer, the lack of experience can build up problems for later.
Dogs are not be for everyone. In fact the resources and logistics to do this large scale are nearly unrealistic, but because these things can be sensed. This is an option for extreme cases, however, is there potential for a device that could recognize when these compounds are present in the air?
What other kinds of methods, or devices could help diabetics with theirs sugar monitoring?
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