Diabetes Awareness Month

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

World Diabetes Day is globally recognized on Nov. 14th.

American Diabetes Month is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes and its risk factors. Each November communities all over the world come together through awareness events, advocacy and programs to help people learn how to lower their risk of getting diabetes and help find support in managing it.

During this month it is important to recognize the work that Diabetic Alert Dogs perform. A Diabetic Alert Dog can be invaluable to someone who is living with diabetes. This type of Service Dog allows an individual to achieve a higher level of independence and can improve ones the quality of life.

Diabetes Dogs are specifically trained to alert their partner in advance of low or high blood sugar levels before they reach dangerous levels.

High and low sugar levels release chemicals in the body. People cannot detect these smells but trained Diabetic Service Dogs can. When a Diabetes Dog detects these odors he will alert his partner with specific signals that may include licking, pawing, barking, nudging or even retrieving a blood glucose meter. Alert dogs will also monitor their owners levels while they are sleeping and will awaken them if they sense a shift in blood sugar levels.

A DAD is considered a service animal under the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA). Under this law the dog must be “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability”

As a service animal they are allowed to accompany their handler in places dogs may not normally be welcome. As long as a Service Animal is well behaved and under control they have access rights in shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores, hotels and even hospitals. It is important to note that a DAD may alert their handler of distress by barking so it is not to be immediately assumed the animal is being disruptive.

Service Dogs are also protected under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability for air travel and requires airlines to accommodate passengers with Service Animals. Under this law airlines may not charge additional fees to passengers traveling with Service Animals.

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Photo Credit:
Diabetic Alert Dogs Of America
Fantastic organization that trains and provides individuals and families that are challenged by Diabetes
with professionally trained Diabetic Alert Service Dogs.