Disease

October 2008 Issue

Dealing With Diabetes

A fuller understanding of this serious disease has fostered recent advances in its treatment, including new types of insulin.

A catís physical well-being depends largely on the efficiency of its endocrine system, an array of small organs that manufacture chemicals called hormones and deliver them into the animalís bloodstream. Once they reach their respective target destinations, hormones interact with tissues to enable bodily processes and to ensure their effectiveness. Among the components of the endocrine system is the pancreas ó a relatively tiny organ located near a catís stomach and small intestine. Perhaps the most important function of the pancreas is the manufacture of a hormone called insulin. After a cat has consumed fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, these dietary components are broken down into a vitally necessary chemical substance called glucose ó sometimes referred to as "blood sugar." Insulin then allows the passage of the glucose from the bloodstream into the cells, where it provides the energy needed to sustain an animalís bodily functions. Without the properly balanced presence of glucose in a catís cells, its health will inevitably be compromised, perhaps fatally.

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