Wednesday, February 02, 2011
mellitus is insufficient release or inability to use insulin to regulate blood
sugar. The insulin is made in the
pancreas, and so sometimes other pancreatic problems or other endocrine issues
can occur with the diabetes. If
the pancreas cannot produce insulin to break down sugars or carbohydrates, then
the best first line of defense is to eliminate sugars from the diet. Remember that grains such as rice,
wheat, corn, and roots such as carrots, potatoes, and of course pasta, sweets
and anything with starches or sugar are going to cause difficulties in these
animals, since these are all forms of sugar that insulin has to process.
of diabetes include excessive drinking of water and urination. This is the body’s way of trying to
dilute out the high sugar in their blood.
Disorientation, grumpiness, obesity and sluggishness, or rapid weight
loss and loss of muscle strength are all symptoms that can point to diabetes. Cataracts and diabetic nerve damage, as
well as difficulty healing wounds can all be secondary effects of uncontrolled
high blood sugar. If really severe, ketosis can occur. This means that the body mobilizes fat
because it cannot utilize carbohydrates for energy. The byproducts from this change in metabolism create a
stuporous, very sickly patient who can decline rapidly without emergency
prescription drugs can contribute to insulin resistance, such as prednisone, a
steroid—especially after long-term use.
Diets high in carbohydrates and obesity are also common culprits that
can predispose an animal to developing diabetes. Other disease processes can
increase the body’s natural steroids, such as stress, pain from stiff joints or
arthritis, anxiety, and Cushing’s disease. Elevations of natural steroids in the body can also
contribute to elevations in blood sugar, by decreasing insulin sensitivity.
have had many cat patients be able to come off of insulin when we simply eliminate
carbs from their diet. Cats are,
after all, obligate carnivores.
They should be eating meat that is highly digestible with a high
often will need to stay on some insulin therapy, however there is promise with
certain foods that this may change.
Both cats and dogs respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal
formulas for diabetes. Some may be
able to regulate on these alone, if caught early. They are also a nice adjunctive treatment when having
difficulty regulating blood sugar while already on insulin.