According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 10 American adults has diabetes. The CDC estimates that If trends continue, that figure is expected to double or triple by 2050.
Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to a myriad of serious complications. It can cause damage to small and large blood vessels and organs. This can often lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, and eye disease, among other often serious complications.
Our best friend, the dog, has always maintained a special intuition into the needs of his people with some recent studies suggesting that the dog played a key role in modern humans becoming the sole human species beating out other hominids, such as the Neanderthals. This virtuous circle of cooperation saw humans and their canine friends get stronger, together, over time. A topic we look forward to covering in a future video.
The days of requiring our friend to help us hunt are long gone, but he still retains his close bond with us. A bond, that when properly harnessed, can help us battle a crippling disease. Let’s find out how these Diabetic Service Dogs, often called Diabetic Alert Dogs, are assisting as we fight a growing foe.