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Managing Diabetes In Dogs

Dogs can have diabetes just like humans - both Type 1 and Type 2. Diabetic dogs are increasingly common, but the disease is entirely manageable unless left untreated. MY DOG HAS DIABETES: OVERVIEW 1. If your dog shows symptoms of diabetes (described below), seek veterinary care at once. 2. Work with your vet to determine the right type of insulin and the right dose for your individual dog. 3. Take your dog for frequent veterinary checkups. 4. Learn how to give insulin injections and reward your dog for accepting them. 5. Consistently feed your diabetic dog the same type of food at the same time of day. 6. Report any unusual symptoms or reactions to your vet. For years public health officials have reported a diabetes epidemic among America’s children and adults. At the same time, the rate of canine diabetes in America has more than tripled since 1970, so that today it affects about 1 in every 160 dogs. But while many human cases are caused and can be treated by diet, for dogs, diabetes is a lifelong condition that requires careful blood sugar monitoring and daily insulin injections. The medical term for the illness is diabetes mellitus (mellitus is a Latin term that means “honey Continue reading >>

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  1. vonschnapps

    Blood Glucose Levels for Non-Diabetics, Shoot for high end of OK range?

    Just had a wellness check and my readings on Glucose came in at the top of the Healthy range but near the start of the Alert range. The results interpretation just talks about diabetes. At first I was a little concerned, then I thought this may not be a bad thing from an 'available glucose' for use during distances greater than 2 hour sort of thing. Just wondering if anyone knows of any published information on blood glucose levels for endurance athletes.
    Having this test while trying to rid the house of excess Halloween candy probably was not a good idea.

  2. Hot Runner

    RE: Blood Glucose Levels for Non-Diabetics, Shoot for high end of OK range?

    Mine is in a similar range; don't know if there's any plus to it. BTW you are supposed to fast for twelve hours beforehard--Halloween candy should clear by then! I tried to do some research to see if it could be training-related but not much luck; the doctors here don't have a sports background so they weren't much help. I know I have a strong physical stress response and I wonder if that could be part of it--I hate needles and definitely feel stressed when getting a physical and blood work! I do wonder sometimes if that has to do with why I can easily do long training runs and races without taking in nutrition. The levels have been very stable over time so it doesn't seem to be anything progressive, probably genetic. My mom's levels are slightly higher and the doctors still don't advise medication, just monitor and try to eat foods with low glycemic index. I hate sweets anyway so I avoid them.

  3. marcag

    RE: Blood Glucose Levels for Non-Diabetics, Shoot for high end of OK range?

    Diabetes is diagnosed mostly by 2 tests.
    The first, the most non intrusive and in my opinion the less reliable is a morning fasting test. You don't eat for 8 to 12 hours and they test your level. It's something like < 110 is non diabetic, > 126 diabetic and in between they sometimes label pre-diabetic. Officially they need to get this twice to be diagnosed diabetic
    The other test, much more revealing in my opinion is they make you take 75g of glucose, and test your levels 2hrs later. > 200 is diabetic, < 140 is normal, in between is none as "impaired" glucose tolerance. I would bet, many people that "pass" the first test would fail this test or at least be labeled having "impaired" glucose tolerance.
    There is also a test that measures your average glucose level over a 3 month period, but it is not used to diagnose diabetes but rather measure glucose control.
    I do not know what test you did, probably the first. My opinion is that it is probably the least reliable of the tests
    If you really want to know, go to walmart, get a meter and do the first test in the morning.
    To do the second test, or approximate it, eat a bagel and a glass of OJ in the morning, measure 2 hours later. If high consult a doc for real tests and follow up
    Walmart sells a test for the average glucose level. If above normal, that's an indicatin something is wrong.
    Slighly high numbers can be caused by things such as infection, colds etc. Rising numbers, are something to monitor closely.
    If you have a history of diabetes in the family or are on the heavy side, better be safe than sorry. Progression of diabetes due to being overweight can be reversed if caught early.
    Disclaimer : I am not a doctor but I am a diabetic and know a thing or two about it, including dealing with it as a triathlete. See my race reports :-)
    My Race Log

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