Man Hopes Diabetic Alert Dog's Nose Will Alert Him Before Problems Arise

LINCOLN, Neb.-- A Nebraska man has tried all that technology has to offer to manage his type one diabetes. Sunday, he's hoping to turn to man's best friend to help him when his body may fail.

For the first twenty-five years of Mike Jones's life, he didn't know what diabetes was. Until one day at a football game.

"I took a hit across the middle of the field," said Jones. "And it shut my pancreas off."

Jones said his life changed overnight. Since six years after the hit, he continues to learn how to manage his diabetes. The worst time of day, Jones said, is while he's sleeping.

"My main issue is dropping low over the night and sometimes my blood sugar rises."

According to Jones, the drastic change of his blood sugar can lead to night sweats, fainting, and a diabetic coma--which is deadly.

Jones have tried insulin pumps and glucose meters, but they weren't for him. On Sunday, his family gathered at Lincoln Berean Church to raise $10 thousand for a service dog trained to alert for blood sugar changes.

"It's a live being," said Jones's sister, Michelle Sitzman. "It's a constant companion."

A diabetic alert dog is trained specifically to sense when a person's blood sugar spikes or falls. Joe Cook from Heads Up Hound said their dogs can detect a blood sugar spike 30 to 45 minutes before a person feels it.

Jones hopes he can move forward in life with a four legged buddy by his side, and move past his disease.

Sunday, the church raised his goal and Mike will be getting a diabetic alert dog in April.


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