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From: "Tony"
Date: 2011-01-06 23:23:22 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Fasting before glucose testing

I wonder if any, more experienced ferret owners or vets, can confirm my thoughts below.

Fasting before blood glucose testing is unneccessary because the reduced blood glucose is caused by excessive insulin produced, not as a result of digestive and/or metabolic requirements, but by defective cells in the pancreas.
Normal blood glucose is maintained by controlled insulin production
as required by the ferrets digestive needs.
Excessive insulin, due to insulinoma is produced when there is no such requirement but by an intermittent spike from defective beta cell(s) (early stages) or more continuous production from one or more defective beta cells (later stages).
What the ferret has consumed has no effect on the amount of insulin produced by these defective cells.
What is the point in fasting? To establish a baseline?
Surely the ferret would be better tested when recently fed or low glucose caused by over fasting could be confusing.

Tony, Sugar and Suki.
Ferret-proofing and the Tooth Fairy are
in the same catagory


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