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Max Domi Living With Type I Diabetes

from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,

Domi is not only adjusting to life in the National Hockey League.

He’s also adapting to living with a diabetic-alert dog who will notify Domi when his blood-sugar level is out of his normal range.

For Domi, a stable zone is from 4.7 to 8. His glucometer measures in the Canadian and international standard, which is expressed in millimoles per liter. In the U.S., levels are read in milligrams per deciliter. Domi’s range in U.S. metrics is 85 to 145.

Watching a scary movie, having an adrenaline spike before an important game and even  exercising can fluctuate his blood-sugar level.

If he drinks a Gatorade without giving himself insulin, his level could jump to 15 from 8 in only 15 minutes.

Conversely, two or three hard shifts on the ice could drop him from 8 to 3.

In the short term, low blood sugar is more dangerous and could cause a lack of consciousness. But over time, extremely high levels can have even more adverse effects on organ function.

much more including how his dog helps him out....

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He’s also adapting to living with a diabetic-alert dog who will notify Domi when his blood-sugar level is out of his normal range.

Wait….. what?  Is this like a literal dog?  Can they like, smell their blood levels or something?  That sounds… sketchy.

Posted by Primis on 10/30/15 at 11:24 AM ET

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Thanks for sharing this story, Paul.  On Christmas day in 2013, we took my son (13 years old) to the emergency room to find out he became Type 1 diabetic. His blood sugar was well over 550.  So high that the ER techs knew to check his blood sugar just from catching a whiff of his breath.  So if a human can smell a “high” at extreme levels, then yes, mans best friend can surely detect levels more accurately. When properly trained, of course.

I kind of chuckled when I read that Domi’s mother would check his sugar in the middle of the night because that’s what my wife does to our son. Our stories share so many similarities.  We were actually in a couple local publications as well. (Fall edition of “Be Well” put out by McLaren Bay Region, a free publication sent out to all Bay County, MI residents and “Great Lakes Bay” October 2015 edition).

Thanks again for sharing this.
Nick

Posted by cementslinger from Midland MI on 10/30/15 at 02:53 PM ET

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