WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
for Thinking People~
(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
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
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.
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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