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Lilly Supports Research to Determine What a Dog's Nose Knows About People with Diabetes and Severe Hypoglycemia
Date:7/30/2012

INDIANAPOLIS, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

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  • Lilly and ICAN begin research to probe changes in human sweat, detectable by dogs, that signals low sugar in people with T1 #diabetes
  • Lilly supports a volunteer program where employees help reinforce the skills of assistance dogs to help people with #diabetes

A young black Lab named Pete sleeps at the feet of Dr. Dana Hardin, medical director and pediatric endocrinologist, at Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) campus in Indianapolis. Though he looks at home, Pete is not Hardin's pet. He's an assistance dog in training, one of several at Lilly being socialized in real-life situations by employee volunteers under the guidance of the Indiana Canine Assistance Network (ICAN). Through ICAN (www.ICANdog.org), Pete is learning to detect hypoglycemia, a dangerously low level of blood glucose (sugar), in people with diabetes.

As a hypoglycemia alert dog, Pete is also part of research Lilly began in June to better understand why dogs are able to sense severe blood sugar events in their owners and to identify the compound or compounds they smell as part of those events.

Hypoglycemia Alert Dogs – A Furry Blood Sugar Testing Back-up System
For years, people with vision and hearing impairments, as well as other disabilities, have benefited from the help and companionship of trained assistance dogs. Only recently, however, have hypoglycemia alert dogs been available to help people with diabetes, typically those with type 1, which is usually diagnosed in children or young adults. These dogs are trained to identify low levels of blood sugar and alert their owners by nudging or making contact with them in some specific way. 

This training and application is important for many living with type 1 d
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