Supplements for Insulin Resistance in horses
What is Insulin?
According to Wikipedia, “Insulin in a hormone central to regulating carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. Insulin causes cells in the liver, muscle, and fat tissue to take up glucose from the blood, storing it as glycogen in the liver and muscle.
What does Insulin do?
Insulin regulates the metabolism of sugar and starches (carbohydrates), fats, and proteins. Insulin transfers glucose across the cell membrane and the pancreas releasing it in response to elevations in blood glucose. Insulin also regulates the pituitary gland function
What is Insulin Resistance?
Insulin Resistance (IR) is a condition in which the body does not respond as needed to insulin resulting in blood glucose levels to not be properly regulated.
What causes Insulin Resistance?
- The exact causes are unknown but it is thought that there could be a genetic predisposition to the disease and certain breeds such as Arabians, Paso Finos, Morgans, Saddlebreds, Draft Horses, Mustangs and Ponies.
- A diet high on the Glycemic Index such as oats, corn and sweet feed.
- A sedentary lifestyle/not enough exercise. Horses in the wild move 10-30 miles a day foraging and grazing.
- Vitamin and mineral imbalances. This can easily be checked with Horse Hair Analysis which is a cutting edge lab test and customized analysis report allowing for deeper understanding of what may be causing unsolved health problems.
- Being overweight
- Cresty neck
- Fatty deposits in neck and across hips
- Excessive weight gain
- Poor hair coat/difficulty shedding
- Excessive drinking and urination
- Excessive appetite
- Low energy
- Chronic laminitis
Supplements for Insulin Resistance?