Georgia Residents are Living with Diabetes
Canines are Euthanized Nationwide Every Year
Georgia Residents Don't Know They Have It
Chance of Lowered Risk by Caring for a Canine
Family owned dogs have become assets through being a source of support and companionship. The lifespan of dogs tends to be much shorter than that of their owners, and typically, the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan. It's also possible to accelerate your own canine's life expectancy due to surrendering them to animal shelters because of our own personal health issues. Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter animal shelters every year and often have to be euthanized. A cultural issue affecting southern states in the U.S. is having to deal with marginalized life expectancies for both canines as well as their owners. Leading causes of death according to the CDC are because of heart diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, and suicide. The State of Georgia ties with the State of North Carolina ranking at #12 for upholding up much of the diabetes belt in the United States. Relationships between mental health and cardiovascular disease are among the most disabling diseases. Unfortunately, many pet owners become depressed and are unaware that certain canines can be trained to mutually benefit both themselves as well as the dog in support of extended life expectancy. Trained service dogs are able to detect abnormal health issues 15-30 minutes faster. It is somewhat hard to prove that cardiovascular disease related illnesses directly lead to the development of a first-ever episode of depression in humans. This is because some people who have had previous episodes of depression may not have it formally diagnosed until they see their doctor for heart problems. Starting August 6th 2019, the author of this website will commit to a 100 day challenge in respect to lost loved ones and to bring light to causes such as National Diabetes Awareness Month in the United States. For the duration of the challenge, we will share project milestones via social media and donate all final proceeds to the American Diabetes Association. We want to preserve the healthful benefits of play while removing the burden of health management.
The #MawAndPawATL challenge will begin August 6th and end November 14th as we enter into the beginning of National Diabetes Awareness Month. During this challenge, we’re committing to declining luxurious meals known for their high caloric intake, providing at minimum five kilometers of exercise supporting longer life expectancy for dogs, and finally contributing to developing software augmenting relationships with companions. Failure to meet these conditions over 100 days, we will increase the initial donation of with an additional $5 for each infraction.
*The American Diabetes Association funds research for preventing and curing diabetes to ultimately improve the lives of people affected by diabetes.
This app is an internet of things application using a vibrating dog collar made with an Arduino Huzzard 32 micro controller for receiving WiFi and Bluetooth packets from the Maw & Paw iOS app. Another feature of the app is to connect to a REST API by Emotiv for receiving mental commands using the EPOC+ EEG accessory by Emotiv. The EEG data from the dog owner is used during training to record alpha waves during episodes of blood glucose changes, anxiety, and depression which notifies the app to send differentiating vibrating signals via Bluetooth to the Arduino attached to the dog’s collar. Using vibrating mini motors, the Arduino transmits various vibrating patterns depending on the alert.
Concentrating as a Human Learning and Development major, Laurence Wingo volunteered at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center within the intensive care unit for neurology. Prominent cases within the unit consisted of patients suffering from hemorrhagic strokes. An observation from this Atlanta population concluded that patients were either at risk prior to having a stroke or were pre-diagnosed with having diabetes. Lack of blood flow to the brain could also cause depression. According to the British Medical Journal, it is proposed that depression is the dysfunctional state arising from inadequate rates of blood flow to deliver necessary oxygen and nutrients to sustain normal tissue function in specific regions of the brain.
Using Emotiv’s Epoc+, we could possibly send triggers in an application when blood glucose levels become abnormal producing changes in neurophysiological activity.
The Maw & Paw project was created to reinforce alert training for diabetic alert dogs. The goals is to provide a secondary cue to preform alerting behaviors when owners are having problems requiring urgent attention and treatment.
Diabetic alert dogs can detect drops or rises in blood glucose levels ahead of meters, often by 15 to 30 minutes.
If the owners were to document eating habits in the app, then caloric intake is shared with the blood glucose levels within HealthKit on the users iPhone. If blood glucose levels rise or get too low (typically below 75 and above 200), the Maw & Paw app will send Bluetooth packets to the Arduino to alert the dog as a second cue while using heightened senses for scents of the owner. This app seeks to help dog owners with training to develop diabetic alert dogs while building the necessary life they need in return.
THe American Diabetes Association uses the hashtag #EverydayReality on social media to connect and promote diabetes awareness in communities. The cultural stigma or lifestyle in the south is usually based around bootstrapping until we have the ability to grow from nothing. Life moves a bit slower in the south but can it rapidly speed up during successful living using southern charm, loyalty, and by being resourceful. Also celebrating life can become a challenge by not doing activities in moderation because we're usually all in or nothing. It's easy to overlook risks from not considering simple daily occurances such as how the brain requires clean and proper blood flow in order to operate at its best. Sometimes unknowingly sufferers with type 2 diabetes mellitus are 2 to 3 times more likely to suffer from mental depression due to the chemistry of the brain. Maw & Paw realizes that managing diabetes can feel like being required to participate in cotillion classes in the south which are proper ettiquete courses to become southern belles or gentlemen. We're seeking to avoid cotillion type self care by using technology to establishing a new form of occupational therapy possibly strengthening independent care for those at risk as well as for possible life saving companions.
During the 100 day challenge, we'll share project milestones while reaching for this goal via social media as well as donate all final proceeds to the ADA.
Learning computer programming hasn’t been an easy story to articulate but as a Human Learning and Development advocate we land a delicate balance between classical mythologies, counseling, and die-hard practice. From teaching app development to persisting with heartfelt discussions about design patterns, quality, and coding logic with startups in Atlanta.