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JDRF’s UK position statement on the use of medical detection dogs by people with type 1 diabetes

We understand that some people with type 1 diabetes use dogs for support with their condition. However, the current scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of medical detection dogs is inconclusive and requires further investigation.

The use of an assistance animal should never replace regular blood glucose monitoring multiple times a day through the use of a blood glucose meter, flash glucose monitor or continuous glucose monitor (CGM).

This monitoring, combined with appropriate insulin therapy, has been proven to be effective in managing both low and high blood glucose levels.

People with type 1 diabetes experiencing, or worried about, night time or recurring daytime hypoglycaemia should discuss this with their healthcare team to get support in:

  • making changes to their insulin, food and exercise routine
  • considering other blood glucose monitoring options that may help address their needs