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Did You Know ... There are Two Types of Feline Diabetes?

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There are two main types of diabetes mellitus and cats typically suffer from a combination of both.

  • Type I diabetes mellitus can be regulated by insulin injections (insulin dependent). This form of diabetes is most closely related to the human form of diabetes seen in children where there is a very low or no production of insulin by the pancreas.
  • Type II diabetes mellitus is non-insulin dependent and is similar to the human form of diabetes that develops in adult humans. There is a high or normal initial blood insulin level but the body is resistant to the function of insulin. Insulin, diet and other medications may be used to treat this type of diabetes mellitus.

For more information diabetes mellitus, consult your veterinarian or Banfield doctor.

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