Insulin resistance

December 14, 2011

Two experts weigh in on how iron may affect laminitis in horses

I contacted Dr. Thomas Divers at Cornell University by email on Dec. 9, 2011, asking what iron tests to conduct on my horses. I chose Dr. Divers because he published a study called “Diagnosis and Treatment of Liver Disease,” in which he said: “Although iron has frequently been blamed as a toxic cause of liver […]

November 9, 2011

We are killing our laminitic horses with calories

That’s my conclusion. I had been thinking I had been starving my chronically laminitic horses for years only to discover I wasn’t even close.

November 7, 2011

Calories in hay and feed for laminitic and foundered horse

A typical hay sample report shows the hay’s megacalories per pound in addition to the sugar and starch content.

November 6, 2011

How many calories does your laminitic or foundered horse burn exercising?

The National Resource Council’s equine nutrition report, released in 2007, provides information on how much energy horses expend during exercise in addition to giving dietary requirements.

November 5, 2011

How many calories should you feed your insulin-resistant laminitic horse?

Most owners of laminitic horses who have the insulin form of the disease are willing to move mountains to help their horse, but they don’t know where to turn.

November 2, 2011

Insulin resistance in horses: Part 2: How food turns into elevated insulin and leads to laminitis

Let’s look at insulin resistance in horses. Research released in June 2011 suggests that any elevation in insulin levels in a horse is dangerous.

October 26, 2011

A study on iron overload and insulin resistance as it might relate to laminitic horses

Since I wrote about iron and insulin resistance in horses two days ago, I stumbled over a paper by Dr. Eleanor Kellon that appears to have been created in 2006. The title is “Iron status of hyperinsulinemic/insulin resistant horses.”

October 25, 2011

Can elevated iron cause laminitis?

My newest obsession with my laminitic horses actually is a throwback to one I had in 2005: water.

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Check hay, feed for high iron levels when treating laminitis in horses

Your horse’s diet may be full of excess iron, which studies have linked to insulin resistance.

Is laminitis linked to rising temperatures?

Researchers from The Netherlands have published a study tying human diabetes to increased outdoor temperatures.

Filtering water stops laminitis in horses; water tests indicated iron level was safe

Both geldings have seen huge improvement in their feet, even though they are eating grass around the clock.

Iron overload likely caused my horses’ laminitis

In “Clue” like fashion, I’m declaring the cause of my six horses’ laminitis over the last 18 years as an excess intake of iron from weeds, trace mineral blocks and well water, leading to insulin resistance and the insulin form of laminitis.