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Q: Can Flies or other insects/bugs detect low blood sugar?

October 8, 2009 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 1734 days ago

Ches21

Please awnser this qeustion if you know I have asked it before and never gotten an awnser. One day a fly would not leave me alone so I checked my blood sugar and it was low so I took some glucose and had a snack. I have noticed that I have made a discovery every time it is low now if I am not around my dog or one of my cats a fly or some other type of insect will land on me and not leave me alone until I check my blood sugar it is always low or high when this happens so I was wondering mainly about fly's can any insects detect low or high blood sugar?

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Kelly
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Oct 09, 2009

I've never seen any official documentation on this but flies are attracted to certain odors & when your blood sugar is low your body odor changes due to the release of endorphins, acetone, & a few other things. This is one of the cues diabetes assistance dogs alert on, so I suppose its possible the flies are attracted to the different scent your body emits when your sugar level drops.

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Tricia L.
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Oct 09, 2009

WOW I have never heard of this but it is really neat!

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daryl b.
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Oct 09, 2009

kellys answer sounds logical to me. wow ow we can have helper flys. iwould definitly tell your dr. maybe they have done a study on it. they do like sweets. this is a great question

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