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Many different types of insulin are available for the treatment of diabetes. A relatively new type called "glargine" has, at least in part, been responsible for revolutionizing the treatment of diabetes in cats. Credit: Thinkstock Glargine is very similar to human insulin (the hormone varies slightly from species to species with regards to the location of certain amino acids) but has been modified in such a way as to precipitate (come out of solution) at body pH. This causes it to be released slowly and at a relatively constant rate. It has been called a "peakless" insulin in people. Abnormal peaks and valleys in blood sugar levels define poor diabetic control, so an insulin that maintains...

A boy who volunteers for an organization that trains dogs to detect diabetes was diagnosed with the disease by one of the very dogs he helps train, according to KBMT-TV. Seven-year-old Lakenyan Carter has spent his summer vacation volunteering for Drey's Alert Dogs, where dogs are trained to paw at diabetic patients when they experience low or high blood sugar, both conditions being possible medical emergencies. Lakenyan helps socialize the organization's puppies through its Kids for Diabetics program. Last Thursday, one o...

Fat Cats And Hormones

The vast majority of cats diagnosed with diabetes mellitus have what is called Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes usually goes hand in hand with obesity, and a big factor behind this relationship is insulin resistance. The pancreas is still making sufficient amounts of insulin (responsible for helping cells absorb glucose from the blood stream), but the body becomes unable to respond to the hormone effectively. Insulin resistance develops because adipose tissue does more than just store energy in the form of fat. It is also an endocrine organ. In other words, fat secretes hormones that significantly affect the way in which a cat's body functions, including the way in which it responds to in...

A Cure for Diabetes in Dogs?

Can you picture a future where diabetes can essentially be cured with a one-time injection? This reality may not be as far off as you might think. In fact, it looks like some dogs with type one diabetes have already been cured of their disease. First some background information: Most dogs have what is called type one diabetes as opposed to type two diabetes (the opposite is true for cats). With type one diabetes, the pancreas stops manufacturing sufficient amounts of insulin, usually because the cells that normally do so have been destroyed by an abnormal immune reaction. In type two diabetes, adequate amounts of insulin are produced by the pancreas but the body does not respond as it sh...

Diabetes Risk in Young Overweight Cats

Most veterinarians and cat owners are well aware of the risk of diabetes in overweight or obese cats as they age. New research suggests that the overweight or obese condition in cats less than a year of age also experience insulin resistance that may pose a predisposition to the development of diabetes later in life. Insulin resistance and the association of future risk of developing diabetes have been heavily researched in obese children. The link to diabetes and cardiovascular disease in this same group has also been heavily researched. Those findings have sparked the present campaigns to influence nutrition and activity behaviors in children to prevent these outcomes in later life. R...

Young or old, dogs continue to come up with new tricks. One of the latest -- and most life changing -- is a canine's ability to detect changes in blood-sugar levels in diabetic people. According to KLTV, this new type of service dog is especially important to young children with diabetes. This is something that Sara Wilson knows all too well. Wilson's daughter, Faith, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at only 9 months old. The disease makes Faith susceptible to organ failure if her blood-sugar levels drop too low. The idea of Faith requiring life support because of a failure to detect a drop in her levels kept Wilson up at night and left her always feeling anxious. RELATED: Blind Girl ...