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Maurer, Sophie (2007) Insulin resistance in horses; causes, development and prevention. Other thesis, SLU.

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Abstract

The aim of this review was to investigate the possible causes and factors related to insulin resistance. The horse is a grazing animal but domestic horses are today sometimes fed large amounts of grains and concentrates rich in starch and sugars, which leads to an increased risk of developing insulin resistance. Some horses seem more prone to develop insulin resistance than others and factors affecting the susceptibility are age, sex, breed, and diet. In addition to insulin resistance, related diseases like obesity, laminitis, osteochondrosis and exertional rhabdomyolosis as well as the impact of training, starch digestion and preventive measures are discussed. In summary, a balanced energy intake is the most important preventive measure when it comes to insulin resistance. Effort should also be placed on improving the animals' body condition through exercise.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: horses, insulin resistance, laminitis, starch
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Depositing User: Sophie Maurer
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:07
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/2765

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