Monday, November 26, 2007

Sniffing Out a Low Blood Sugar

Researchers in Ireland and the UK are investigating whether dogs can detect a falling blood sugar in their diabetic owners. Anecdotal reports suggest they can.

Dr. Deborah Wells from the School of Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast (pictured), and Dr. Shaun Lawson from the University of Lincoln, UK, are looking for 100 type 1 diabetics to complete an online survey.

They are also seeking video footage of dogs reacting to their owner's low blood sugar levels.

Anyone interested in partaking in the study may contact Dr. Deborah Wells at 028-9097-4386 or email

Queen's University press release:
Dogs Sniff Out Diabetes
BBC News summary:
Dogs To Sniff Out Owner Diabetes