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Blood glucose monitoring in cats

Aug 20, 2012
Hoenig M, Pach N, Thomaseth K, DeVries F and Ferguson DC. Evaluation of long-term glucose homeostasis in lean and obese cats by use of continuous glucose monitoring. Am J Vet Res. 2012; 73: 1100-6.
Diabetes mellitus is of increasing concern in both humans and cats. Obese cats are found to be at higher risk of developing diabetes mellitus. Information has not been available on whether glucose concentrations in obese cats differ from those in lean cats throughout the course the course of a day during their regular activities, including consuming food. 

This study evaluated intra-day and inter-day variations in glucose concentrations in lean and long-term (>5 years) obese cats during a 156-hour period and tested the utility of a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS). A CGMS is used frequently in humans with diabetes. The investigators did not detect differences in glucose concentrations between lean and obese cats during the study periods. They also did not detect differences in daily variations in glucose concentrations between lean and obese cats. The results indicate that the CGMS can be useful in evaluating the long term effects of drugs or diet on glucose homeostasis in cats. [VT]

See also: Dietiker-Moretti S, Müller C, Sieber-Ruckstuhl N, et al. Comparison of a continuous glucose monitoring system with a portable blood glucose meter to determine insulin dose in cats with diabetes mellitus. J Vet Intern Med. 2011; 25: 1084-8.

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