Insulin results

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  1. Dawn

    Dawn Senior Member+

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    Well I finally got the insulin results back on Scotty, sort of. All I know is that it was low. I also know that his glucose is high. Now, I do not know what that combo means though.

    All I was told is that low insulin typically is not an issue, but that the vet's going to look over all the blood work today and give me a call, but of course I'll be at work and will most likely miss his call. So who knows what I will find out.

    His glucose was 116 on a normal scale of 65-110, I do know that much.

    Any thoughts? Seems strange to me that low insulin would normally not be considered a problem? Or am I just trying to relate a horse too much to a human?
     
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  2. 3WishesDun

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    I think if the results are abnormal, the vet can do a glucose challenge test.
    Was the horse's blood tested about an hour or so after eating?
     
  3. Lexy

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    Insulin is the hormone that the body secretes to help convert the sugars and starches into smaller particles so that they can be used for energy.

    Basically, low insulin and high glucose (sugar) equals diabetes.

    I don't get where low insulin wouldn't be considered a problem either since that is the main reason diabetes develops.
     
  4. JBandRio

    JBandRio Senior Member+

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    Need Sue on this!

    This is why you have to also look at the insulin:glucose ratios, because each in their own right can be in the normal range.

    I would wager a guess that high glucose and low insulin means insulin resistant.
     
  5. Caesars_Skye

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    High glucose and low insulin shouldn't be a good thing.. it's not resistance, he's just not producing enough insulin, so the sugars are free to stay in his blood.. the glucose level is directly linked to the insulin level.. All of this should mean diabetes.. I've got the disease..

    But then again that's how it works for humans, maybe it's different for horses
     
  6. Lexy

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    Check this out.

    All About Diabetes In Horses

    The reason I jumped at the diabetes is because that is what my Dr. told me when I was diagnosed almost two yrs ago.
     
  7. Blistering Winds

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    There is a problem there. I wouldn't let a vet brush it under the rug.

    I couldn't tell you exactly what....

    what were the insulin numbers? Or you said they are being mailed to you....

    I would suspect diabeties of some form from what you are describing.

    how low the insulin is compared to the glucose would depend on the next steps. Also further testing such as fasting levels, might be an option for the next steps.....

    I really don't know too much about this side of it all.....curious to see what sue says.
     
  8. Ryle

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    Had the horse been fed prior to the blood draw? Even several hours prior?

    A blood glucose of 116 is not really high enough to trigger concern because the normal ranges are an average of normal findings in several horses, they are not hard and fast numbers. Plus the amount of glucose in the blood stream fluctuates throughout the day, increases and decreases depending on the intake of sugars and starchs, so feeding can cause a short-lived rise in glucose in the blood.

    So, if you've got what (for this horse) is a normal glucose level, then the body is not going to be releasing insulin so the insulin result will be low.

    Diabetes is a rare condition in horses.
     
  9. JBandRio

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    Ryle, I think it's becoming more understood that insulin resistance in horses is a lot more common than once thought.
     
  10. Dawn

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    I got a message from him. He said that he's not worried about it. Of course, that doesn't mean I'm not!

    Insulin was 1, glucose was 116. He had been fed, maybe 2 hours before the blood was drawn?

    He said in the message that if he was IR, the insulin would have been high.
     






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