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Dogs Can Be Successfully Trained to Alert to Hypoglycemia Samples from Patients with Type 1 Diabetes

By Jennifer Cattet, Dana S. Hardin

Licensed under Public Domain

Category Magazine Articles
Abstract

Hypoglycemia (Hypo) is the most common side effect of insulin therapy in people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Over time, patients with T1D become unaware of signs and symptoms of Hypo. Hypo unawareness leads to morbidity and mortality. Diabetes alert dogs (DADs) represent a unique way to help patients with Hypo unawareness. Our group has previously presented data in abstract form which demonstrates the sensitivity and specificity of DADS. The purpose of our current study is to expand evaluation of DAD sensitivity and specificity using a method that reduces the possibility of trainer bias.

Publication Title Dogs Can Be Successfully Trained to Alert to Hypoglycemia Samples from Patients with Type 1 Diabetes
Volume 6
Issue Diabetes Therapy
Pages 509–517
DOI 10.1007/s13300-015-0135-x
URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13300-015-0135-x/fulltext.html
Language English
Tags
  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Dogs
  4. Health
  5. Mammals
  6. Service animals
  7. service dog training programs