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Life Without Insulin Is Possible

Several millions of people around the world suffer from insulin deficiencies. Insulin is a hormone, secreted by the beta cells in the pancreas, which plays a major role in the regulation of energy substrates such as glucose. This insufficiency, primarily caused by diabetes (types 1 and 2), has lethal consequences if it is not treated. As of now, only daily insulin injections allow patients to survive. Several millions of people around the world suffer from insulin deficiencies. Insulin is a hormone, secreted by the beta cells in the pancreas, which plays a major role in the regulation of energy substrates such as glucose. This insufficiency, primarily caused by diabetes (types 1 and 2), has lethal consequences if it is not treated. As of now, only daily insulin injections allow patients to survive. This approach, however, brings on serious side effects. Thanks to their research which was published in the journal Cell Metabolism, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) scientists identified the underlying mechanisms, proving that life without insulin is possible, and paving the way for new diabetes treatments. While life without insulin was inconceivable, a group of researchers, led by Rob Continue reading >>

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  1. danielle forte

    Hi
    My 10 yr old cat Rudy lives w/ my mom and was just diagnosed this morning w/ feline diabetes. They want to treat it agressively - 2 shots of insulin a day plus dietary changes. My mom will not agree to give him shots. She travels alot and also cannot really commit to the cost of continuous meds for him. I am so upset but I can't even help out w/ it either because I have my own cat and a 2yr old son to take care of.
    His symptoms started a couple of weeks ago. He is a pretty big boy. About 25 lbs. She said his sugar is in the 500's. My dad said just lets bring him home and just try to keep him on a better diet. But how long before he starts being majorly effected by this? And might begin to suffer. Right now hes only excessively urination and drinking. No appetite or behavioral changes. I don't want him to suffer, but without treatment I don't know what to do?? Please help and advise how long you think he will be ok before he starts having behavioral/neurilogical symptoms, not to mention any pain or suffering.
    Thanks!
    Danielle

  2. kit e cat

    As a diabetic, and though I'm not sure how similar it is to feline diabetes, high blood sugar is not comfortable. It's not even close to comfortable. If youre parents are not willing to treat him, I would have him PTS or rehome him, because it would be cruel to not treat him.

  3. the_food_lady

    Hello,
    I, too, had a 10 yr old male who was a big boy (23 lbs) who developed diabetes. We managed his diabetes very nicely for 6 yrs; unfortunately cancer took him this past February I was able to get his blood sugar levels very very nicely under control with the daily insulin, though that didn't happen overnight.
    Seriously, the only proper way to treat is daily insulin, home-testing the blood sugar prior to insulin shots (cat owners use the same little blood glucose testing meter that human diabetics use, very simple to use), and a low carb diet.
    You can get a wealth of info off of this website (Feline Diabetes), which also has a wonderful Health forum where I invite you to post and explain your situation. I can't promise anything but I do know that there have been several cases where members there have agreed to adopt the diabetic cat of someone who just can't keep their cat............so this MAY be an option. Otherwise, in all honesty, it would be totally cruel to withhold proper treatment for this cat and euthanization is the only other humane option.
    High blood sugars put a great strain on the kidneys and the heart; they can cause high blood pressure, can cause neuropathy (impacted nerve function, often manifested by hindleg weakness), lethargy, poor appetite, impacted vision, etc.
    The FDMB (Feline Diabetes Message Board) is a total wealth of information for owners of diabetic cats.......the info there, along with the info from long-time members is more comprehensive, IMO, than anything one would receive from a Vet:
    http://felinediabetes.com/
    Feline Diabetes Health Forum:
    http://www.felinediabetes.com/phorum5/list.php?8
    feline diabetes isn't really as difficult to treat as many people think/are lead to believe.....but it does take commitment, that's for sure.
    Hope this helps
    Lisa

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