Thursday, August 2, 2012

Diabetic Alert Dog Scientific Research Studies Underway

Diabetic Alert Dogs by Warren Retrievers 

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is a 501c3 Charitable Organization that provides Diabetic Alert Dogs and other service dogs for invisible disabilities nationwide and internationally. We do not have program limitations based on age, severity, geographical location or financial status. We serve all. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about our program and how we can help you or your family.
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Guardian Angel Service Dogs and Warren Retrievers are embarking on a research study with University of Virginia to prove the effectiveness of Diabetic Alert Dogs.  There are more possibilities out there to prove the effectiveness, below is another example.

What does a dog’s nose know about low blood-sugar attacks in humans?
Eli Lilly and Co. has launched a study to try to find out.

The Indianapolis drug maker is working to find out how hypoglycemia-alert dogs sense severe low-blood-sugar swings in diabetics.

Although dogs have been used for years to warn diabetics of low-blood-sugar attacks, it’s unknown how the dogs do it, other than using their ultra-acute noses. Their noses are up to 1,000 times more sensitive than a human’s.

Lilly, a leading producer of insulin and other diabetes treatments, says its scientists will investigate whether dogs might be detecting subtle changes in body chemistry that are linked to a drop in blood sugar.

“Clearly there’s a need to ‘scientize’ this whole thing,” said Dr. Dana Hardin, a medical director and pediatric endocrinologist at Lilly who is heading the study. “We know it’s the sense of smell, but what on earth is it? We are determined to find the ‘what.’ ”

The study will be conducted through Lilly’s Innovation Day program, which allows researchers to pursue their own studies if they relate to a subject Lilly has an interest in. 

Lilly is using a group of newly trained dogs to test how reliably they can sense hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, in multiple samples in a laboratory setting. Later research will look at what the dogs sense in the samples and how diabetic patients’ lives are affected by having an alert dog.
By this time next year, Hardin said, the study might be divulging clues to allow Lilly to identify the organic compound that is twitching the noses of diabetes-alert dogs.

Why a Diabetic Alert Dog

Why A Diabetic Alert Service Dog?
Diabetic alert service dogs are trained to recognize and alert on the scent of low and/or high blood sugar in diabetics.  Partnering with a Diabetic Alert Dog can have a significant impact on an individual's life including the potential to save it:

Tighter glycemic control
Research has shown for every 1% reduction in the A1c, the risk of micro vascular diabetic complication (kidney, eye, cardiac, nerve disease) is reduced by 40%.  

Often diabetics don't "feel" their low blood sugars and their bodies are slow to react to how their insulin pumps have been programmed. These events can lead to dangerous lows which can result in seizures, coma, and even death. Implanted glucose monitoring systems are often 20-30 minutes behind a fully-trained alert dog. These electronic systems measure parts per million. In studies, dogs have been shown to scent parts per trillion. Diabetics may sleep right through a monitor's alarm, whereas a trained diabetic alert dog is persistent to the point where s/he will "go get" another member of the household if the diabetic does not respond.

Personal independence
It is a well documented that a confident, hard-working service dog provides emotional security to people that fear a "what if " scenario. These fears may cause a person so much anxiety that they shut themselves away from everyday life such as school, career, travel and interpersonal relationships.  A service dog can provide a sense of balance and well being giving the individual the self-confidence needed to get out in the world and live their life to the fullest.

Our goal is for children and adults living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to live a long, happy life without complications and to manage their diabetes appropriately until a cure is found. Until there is a cure, there is a dog. 

Our Program
Thanks to the American with Disabilities Act, service dogs are no longer just for the blind. Our dogs can be trained to assist individuals with diabetes, seizure disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, hearing impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury and other health issues. Through our trainers and our unique process, we are recognized as a leader in providing the highest quality bred, impeccably trained medical alert service dogs available today.

Your service dog will be hand picked from a litter of Warren Retriever Labs based on your specific needs. All Warren Retriever puppies are temperament tested and come with the best health guarantees in the business.  Our reputation for breeding excellence provides you with a comforting sense of security, and knowledge that our dedicated staff will become an integral part of your family through our ongoing consultation and continuing education services. 

Our experience and expertise provide the foundation on which we are pioneering our comprehensive training and education programs.  Our state-of-the-art standards achieve excellence in producing the next generation of diabetic alert dogs.

For Additional information visit or call Dan Warren at 540.543.2307