Journal article

Effect of dietary fructans and dexamethasone administration on the insulin response of ponies predisposed to laminitis

Simon R Bailey, Nicola J Menzies-Gow, Patricia A Harris, Jocelyn L Habershon-Butcher, Carol Crawford, Yoel Berhane, Raymond C Boston, Jonathan Elliott

JAVMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION | AMER VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether pasture, and specifically the addition of fructan carbohydrate to the diet, induces exaggerated changes in serum insulin concentration in laminitispredisposed (LP) ponies, compared with ponies with no history of the condition, and also to determine insulin responses to the dexamethasone suppression test. DESIGN: Prospective study. ANIMALS: 10 LP and 11 control adult nonobese mixed-breed ponies. PROCEDURES: Insulin-modified IV glucose tolerance tests were performed (5 ponies/group). In diet studies, ponies were kept on pasture and then changed to a hay diet (10 ponies/group). Second, ponies were maintained on a basal hay diet (4 weeks) before being fed a hay di..

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