Your Dog Helps Improve Your Diabetes — Here’s How
Man’s best friend has been providing companionship for as far back as the partnership we created with the grey wolf tens of thousands of years ago. As one of the first domesticated animals, dogs are adored and guarded for their mere presence. The wiggle of a tail has us smitten. And who can resist a sleepy pup? Dogs are simply the best!
If you have diabetes, there’s even more reason to appreciate your doggo. Your dog can indeed help you better manage your diabetes. Here’s how:
1. They Get Us Moving!
Dogs, especially puppies, have a lot of energy. To help manage that energy, it’s necessary to take them for a W-A-L-K at least once a day. While you’re out getting some fresh air with your dog, you’re also getting exercise and as a result, improving your glucose levels. You’re more likely to get up and get out when you have a dog who’s basically pulling you to the front door. And that’s a good thing! Receiving daily exercise is important in managing your diabetes.
2. They Improve Our Mood
There’s nothing like the feeling of seeing your dog after a long, hard day at work. Almost instantly our mood can shift from gloomy and depressed to exuberant and full of life. Dogs indeed improve our mood and this for our blood glucose levels. A study published in Diabetes Care reported that laughter can help lower our postprandial blood glucose. If you have diabetes, positive emotions such as laughter can suppress the elevation of your blood glucose level.
3. They Can Be Trained to Detect Trouble
It’s often said that dogs have a sixth sense. Although it’s not exactly a sixth sense, their heightened sense of smell allows them to sniff rapidly changing blood glucose levels. While this does require training, you can also seek out a dog who is a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD). These dogs are considered service dogs and are specifically trained to assist those with diabetes.
It’s True, Life is Better With a Dog
As you can see, dogs are much more than cute furry faces that make us happy in the morning. They’re loyal companions who unknowingly (or maybe knowingly) improve our health and yet ask for little in return. So the next time you see your dog, be sure to give him or her extra belly rubs!
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Managing your diabetes is significant to your overall health. Though many of us are aware of what foods to avoid and what lifestyle choices negatively affect our diabetes, hearing advice from professionals can reinforce what we already know. Or perhaps you’re in the midst of learning more about your condition. No matter where you are in your journey, the Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialists of El Paso is here to assist you with professional diabetes management services. Dr. Egbuonu specializes in diagnosing and treating Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
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