Unfortunately, I don't know a lot about it, Liz. I heard a radio show with Vicki Santo, the wife of a famous baseball player (Ron Santo), who played baseball and lived for many years with diabetes. She talked about how some diabetics are using dogs to sniff for diabetes.
It sounds vaguely familiar, Chuck, and I think someone did mention it. I wonder how that is possible? And how do they know that the dog knows the person has diabetes (if you know what I mean!). It's not like dogs can talk... ;) I am curious to know more about that.
I'm glad you liked this one, bobjengr, and you're right, I think it is an important breakthrough and do hope the technology one day gets used. It's always good to write about things that could have a real-world impact, and healthcare especially is an important issue. These statistics also are very sobering. It seems like simple detection could really help people who have this disease.
Great post Elizabeth. I have several friends who are diabetic including a family member. It's a tough disease to treat and manage. My family member was diagnosed when he was eleven years old and he is now 62. I took a look at two web sites--WHO and the CDC. Several stats popped out, as follows:
1.) On a global basis-347 million people have diabetes.
2.) In 2004, 3.4 million people over the globe died from the disease.
3.) The CDC tells us that only 11% of the 79 million people in the United States who are at risk actually know they are diabetic.
The last statistic really points out what important research is being conducted to provide a timely diagnosis. The CDC is actually considering a recommendation for screening middle and high school students. This would be a requirement for admission just as is immunizations.
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