Dogs may alert people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes to changes in blood sugar

Man's best friend has been trained to guide blind individuals and sense safety threats, such as drugs or bombs, and now, some dogs are helping people who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels.

In a recent article published by Atlanta-based Fox 5 News, one man said that his diabetes service dog has been a lifesaver. Forty-four-year old Trevor Jordan told the news organization that he was diagnosed with the condition when he was 14. Since then, the Georgia man has developed a related problem called hypoglycemic unawareness, in which a person cannot feel that their blood sugar levels have dropped.

Jordan told the news provider that this is a serious health threat, since people can potentially die within an hour if low blood glucose is not treated. He said that there were several frightening times in his life when he was sleeping and became unresponsive due to hypoglycemic unawareness.

Therefore, Jordan explained to the news source that he decided to invest in a diabetes service dog named Boss, who carried a $10,000 price tag. In order to help other people who have diabetes receive these specially trained canines, Jordan and his wife run the non-profit organization Mission D.A.D.

“[Boss has] never been wrong. He is saving my life and a lot of sleepless nights for my family," Jordan told Fox 5 News.

According to the Mayo Clinic, diabetes service dogs are trained to pick up and carry objects that contain glucose supplies, such as juice. The animals are also able to retrieve cordless phones so that their owners may call for emergency help, and they provide physical support for diabetics who have fallen down due to low blood sugar.