Have any of your vets suggested trying to regulate with diet BEFORE insulin?

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  1. Erin Patters

    Erin Patters New Member

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    Have any of your vets suggested starting to try to regulate diabetes with food BEFORE insulin?

    I am awaiting copies of her fructosamine labs, but she's not far along if so (three months since last all normal check up, found glucose in urine while getting a dental) but this was something we spoke about, and I'm curious about the knowledgeable input of all of you.

    Thanks so much.
     
  2. Stephanie & Quintus

    Stephanie & Quintus Well-Known Member

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    From what I read it seems like the way to go. Having done it, trying to transition food while the cat is on insulin is tricky, with risks of hypo and having to reduce insulin dramatically. If you haven't started insulin yet it would indeed sound interesting to change food first and see how things go.
     
  3. Erin Patters

    Erin Patters New Member

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    That's such a good point about diet switches during insulin being trickier! I'll definitely be meeting that in mind!
     
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  4. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Yes. You might as well go low carb first and try it, but after a week if the numbers are still high, don't wait too long to start insulin. The quicker you start the better your chance of a quick remission. No need for perscription food. Most of us feed fancy feast classic or Friskies pate foods.
     
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  6. Lesliejm

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    I wish I would of tried the food change first. I would suggest it to see how her numbers are going with the switch. Like they said, test for ketones to be safe.
     
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