May 2010 Issue

Dealing With Feline Diabetes

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

A catís health depends largely on 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, and perhaps the most important function of the pancreas is the manufacture of a hormone called insulin.

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