Message Number: YG5559 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-07-16 04:24:00 UTC
Subject: ferret questions

Claudia, I am confused by your post. You say that Smoky is diabetic with
insulinoma. I believe the two are sort of opposite diagnoses. A diabetic
has too little insulin. An insulinomic has too much insulin. You would only
take out part of the pancreas if it was an insulinoma. Taking out pancreatic
tissue would raise the blood glucose by decreasing the insulin production. I
don't think ferrets get diabetes on their own, but can get it if too much
normal pancreatic is removed, thus converting an insulinomic ferret into a
diabetic. If Smokey's blood glucose is 600, he needs insulin, not surgery.
Could his blood glucose really be 60.0?