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DIABETES IN CATS

     (Dr. W.)  A recent study reported in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2001; 15:297), compared two diets in client-owned diabetic cats.  One diet was high fiber, the other, low carbohydrate.  All cats had been receiving insulin therapy and the results were determined by measuring fructosamine levels (above 400 is bad) and fasting blood glucose (above 170 is bad).

     12 cats in the low carbohydrate group improved, whereas only 3 in the high fiber group improved. (4 cats from each group did not complete the study and 4 in the high fiber group switched to the low carbohydrate group upon client insistence.) Most remarkably, in the low carbohydrate group, 4 no longer needed insulin and six required less.  None in the high fiber group had reduced requirements for insulin.

     Are not such results perfectly predictable?  Certainly carnivores are going to be in better health if carbohydrate is reduced and protein and fat are increased.It's what they are genetically adapted to.

     In previous studies, high fiber managed diabetes better than diets with easily digested carbohydrates, so that was taken as evidence of the value of fiber in cat and dog diets.  But this is a case of the lesser of two evils.  Of course fiber is going to help slow blood sugar spikes and insulin demands compared to diets low in fiber and laden with sugars.

     Fiber and carbohydrates are only a worthy consideration of study because processed food manufacturers want to feed these inexpensive ingredients, and because some animal nutritionists haven't yet figured out that carnivores are not herbivores and are not adapted to processed carbohydrates or fiber.

     Chances are none of these cats would have developed diabetes in the first place (or the often attendant obesity which is linked to insulin abnormalities) if they or their parents had not been on processed carbohydrate laden foods.  Feeding pets what they are adapted to – meat and fat based foods – not only prevents diabetes, but can cure it.  

     These studies indirectly prove my point (thank them very much), not the intended inference of the study, i.e., how much carbohydrate and fiber should a processed food that is being fed exclusively to pets contain.

     Study the Optimal Health Program™ for Pets and follow it if health for your pet is the goal.  If you do that, all the fancy studies become superfluous. 


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