Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Insulin resistance in cats

Last Updated Aug 2007

Q: I am a practicing small animal veterinarian. I have used fish oil supplementation to treat arthritis, food and inhalant allergies in a high number of dogs and cats. Most commercially prepared pet foods are very high in simple carbohydrates. While cats do develop type 2 diabetes, dogs do not. Do you have evidence to suggest that glycemic load and increased insulin levels from over-consumption of simple carbs reduce the efficacy of EPA supplementation and result in escalated levels of silent inflammation?

A: Cats are very prone to the development of diabetes due to their different genetics compared to dogs. The latest research indicates that cats will do much better on a very high-protein diet (approximately 60-70 percent protein), whereas dogs do much better on a Zone-like balance. By reducing the glycemic load of the cat food, significantly lower amounts of EPA will be required to provide significant health benefits.
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