How dogs can sniff out diabetes

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A chemical found in our breath could provide a flag to warn of dangerously-low blood sugar levels in patients with type 1 diabetes, according to new research the University of Cambridge. The finding, published today in the journal Diabetes Care, could explain why some dogs can be trained to spot the warning signs in patients.

The researchers found that levels of the chemical isoprene rose significantly at hypoglycaemia – in some cases almost doubling. They believe that dogs may be sensitive to the presence of isoprene, and suggest that it may be possible to develop new detectors that can identify elevated levels of isoprene in patients at risk.
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  1. Vinsan

    That doggo 🐶 has overclocked sniffer🤟😇

  2. 🐋🐋🐋

    I can’t tell if he’s saying breaths or breast

  3. shannen cj 22

    What a smort boi… Ah this is why I love dogs so much

  4. dominadord

    wow this is something new I learned today…!!

  5. Ellise Jensen

    Are you able to bring him with you anywhere? In shops, the cinema, public transportation, airplanes etc? And does he were a service dog collar so strangers can se that he is a service dog?

  6. K Gacha

    I want a service dog but I already have two normal one but one is kinda a emotional support dog that fine I can do my diabetes things on my own

  7. Ezra Velez

    When I was diagnose with type 1diabetes I was 14years old but now I'm 37 year old about 3years ago I was diagnose with type two but still have to take insulin grr it sucks

  8. Priscilla Short

    I have had diabetes for 12 years and its been hard I hope and pray every night I get a service dog

  9. KKoifishyy

    Just so you know if you have diabetes you need to check your blood sugar in the morning and after you eat and if you think you have low blood sugar

  10. laney opperman

    These dogs can also save lives of children with fatty oxidation disorders, such as VLCAD.

  11. México Pet Friendly

    That´s why we love service dogs, they can make our life better!

  12. Jim Spahr

    It's not just dogs. My cat (of 18 years) was also able to detect this, and would do her best to alert me by sitting and crying just out of reach or by dashing between my legs as I walked. She never did these things when my sugar was normal. Yeah, yeah, dogs are nice and fun, but cats are awesome!

  13. Lucy

    My dog in my YouTube picture here <—- is diabetic 🙁

  14. I_bombhills

    I Like how the dog is all wake up

  15. SithSereyPheap1

    Our four legged friends.How little we know about them and their abilities….

  16. Imad Rajput

    Outstanding what dogs can be trained to do!

  17. alanstrainor

    I've had diabetes for 18 years, anyone who says that they need to check their blood sugars every hour, day and night is doing something very wrong. Careful monitoring of blood sugars and adjusting insulin dosages would correct these low blood sugars at night. There are also Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) which will monitor and alert users in real time to highs or lows, and although expensive I would bet they would be cheaper than the dog. This revelation is at least 10 years too late to be of great use.

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