Academy of Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine - Scientific Short

Dog breath

William Winter

Our departmental laboratory recently became aware of a local start-up company that wanted to "Introduce Breath Analysis into Clinical Pathology Laboratory Testing." During the on-line conversation, a staff member wrote: "My friend swears his dog knows when his diabetic son’s blood sugar is off." Is this possible? Can a dog detect poor diabetic control

Answer

Ketosis (which occurs with poor diabetic control) can be detected in breath. Since dogs have a better sense of smell than humans, I would believe that a dog could detect ketosis.

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william winter

William Winter

Academy of Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine Designation

Fellows of the Academy use the designation of FADLM. This designation is equivalent to FACB and FAACC, the previous designations used by fellows of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and AACC Academy. Those groups were rebranded as Academy of Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine in 2023.