Equine Metabolic Syndrome

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome

(Insulin Resistance and Cushing’s disease)

Symptoms of Insulin Resistance

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Weight gain
  • Fat pads, crested neck
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle wasting
  • Increased appetite and hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Sweating
  • Poor immunity
  • Oily or greasy haircoat
  • Laminitis
  • Irritability

Symptoms of Cushing’s disease (high cortisol levels)

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Increased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Sweating
  • Poor Immunity
  • Laminitis
  • Hair changes with slow shedding and/or curly hair

Causes:

  • High sugar/starch diets
  • Lack of exercise
  • Chronic stress
  • Supplementation of glucosamine products
  • Metabolic and hormonal changes as caused by diet, stress and lack of exercise

Treatment

Diet & Nutrition:

  • No grass, grain or high sugar feeds
  • No fats or oils – oils increase cortisol levels and congest the liver
  • Feed low sugar hay from slow feeders 24/7
  • Increase fibre with soaked beet pulp, soybean hulls or cooked oats
  • Discontinue all glucosamine products

Recommended Remedies – dosage as per labels:

  • Blood Sugar Formula – regulates blood sugar, encourages weight loss
  • Vitamin B6 – regulates sugar and insulin levels; supports pituitary, thyroid and  adrenal glands
  • Pro-Colon probiotics – increases nutrient absorption from food, helps metabolize hormones, improves immunity
  • Hormone Boost – supports pituitary, thyroid and adrenal function; helps regulate hormone production; increases vitality
  • Chaste Berry – Regulates pituitary function and balances hormones
  • Performance + Plus– slows sugar absorption, improves endurance and stamina, strengthens adrenals, liver support

Special Notes:

  • a) Discontinue all glucosamine products. Glucosamine is a type of sugar that can block the pancreas from producing insulin.
  • b) Cushing’s disease is the end result of insulin resistance and the hormonal changes that disrupt pancreas, adrenal and pituitary gland function
  • c) Ensure regular exercise – research shows that exercising a horse twice weekly will quadruple the insulin receptors within three weeks
  • c) Don’t over-vaccinate