Insulin resistance is a form of “pre” diabetes and is unfortunately very common in the horse as well as in humans. Insulin resistance or IR is a physiologic condition in which the cells in the body have a decreased response to insulin.
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Insulin resistance in the horse has been a problem plaguing private veterinary practitioners for years if not decades. The problem seems to be getting worse and more prevalent as time progresses, which raises issues and questions as to a possible husbandry or dietary problem that are contributing to the rise in caseloads.
Healthy sugar metabolism is the key to cellular function. Metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity are strongly connected with poor sugar regulation. In horses, abnormal sugar metabolism is also closely linked with laminitis and poor hoof health.