Do you have any suggestions to help regulate my diabetic cat?

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    Question: onset of diabetes(IDDM) approx. 4 months ago. did not respond to humulin type insulin; switched to lente- beef-pork, still not responding. at 2 u 1x/day. now i have changed his diet to high fiber science diet WD food. any suggestions ? should i seek out pure beef insulin? i had another diabetic cat 3 years ago and did not encounter insulin resistance… help!

    Sex: Male Neutered

    username: [email protected]

    Pet: Feline

    Breed: DSH

    Age: 10

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    Your vet needs to determine whether you are dealing with a problem with insulin resistance or of insulin absorption. I find the easiest way to do this is to run serial blood glucose tests after administration of Regular Humulin insulin. This is the best absorbed form, and if an appropriate dose doesn’t decrease the glucose level significantly, then true insulin resistance should be suspected. Infections, hyperadrenocorticism, acromegaly etc. can all cause insulin resistance. Where do you live? Do you have a veterinary endocrinologist or internist nearby?

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