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Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance in Horses

  by Robert N. Oglesby DVM


Introduction » Symptoms » What is Equine Metabolic Syndrome? » Causes » Diagnosis » Treatment / Rehabilitation » Prognosis » Prevention » More Info 

Obesity has become the most common nutritional problem of horses in the developed world. The reason is an inability for easy keeping horses to readily adapt to the affordable improved feedstuffs and declining work loads seen with pleasure horses. Horses evolved to take advantage of the good seasonal times with efficient storage of energy that would then get them through the lean times of the year when forage became scarce. As far as food is concerned it has become Thanksgiving everyday and that is the beginning of the Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) story. EMS is essentially a disease of obesity and the resulting insulin resistance which leads to a predisposition to founder. This article discusses the physiological events leading to Equine Metabolic Syndrome, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this common problem of some breeds of horses.
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Discussions on Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance
  Titles Subtopics Posts Updated
iconResearch on Obesity, Hyperinsulinemia, and muscle inflammation in h...Jul 27, 16
iconResearch: Cortisol in Health, Equine Metabolic Syndrome, and PPIDFeb 11, 16
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iconPsyllium for Glucose and Insulin ControlMay 6, 11
iconEMS - ammunition against the Spring Grass added risk?26 May 9, 11
iconIs help at hand?Nov 18, 10
iconEMS and the thyroid supplementation experiment113 Jan 27, 11
iconArticle on EMS and ECDAug 1, 10
iconGlucose level of horsesMar 23, 10
iconEMS resaerchApr 3, 10
iconConfused over Foundered Horses BloodworkMar 20, 10
iconAlfalfa dilemmaMar 9, 10
iconCushings, Laminitis, and Cold Weather49 Feb 3, 10
iconResearch Study: Obesity and Insulin Resistance of Equine Metabolic ...Nov 24, 09
iconIR, EMS, Cushings DiseaseNov 16, 09
iconIR/EMS soaked hay experiment13 Oct 22, 09
iconWeight tapes11 Oct 10, 09
iconMajor Update to EMS articleOct 9, 09
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iconEMS and the stressed grass/no clover experiment 272 Oct 8, 10
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iconEMS and the cersty neck experiment98 Jul 18, 09
iconThyrol-l and Chromium for EMS Horses46 Jul 5, 09
iconLevothyroxine and IR13 Jun 24, 09
iconIR/Equine Cushings and etc14 May 31, 09
iconAny indication of EMS in 9-year-old quarter horseMay 29, 09
iconWhat is with all this IR business?28 Feb 1, 09
iconResearch Study: The effect of weight loss on glucose tolerance10 Jan 21, 09
iconNormal blood glucose readingFeb 7, 09
iconEffects of Metformin on Metabolic SyndromeMar 9, 10
iconCause of founder in EMS - simpler than it seemsApr 4, 06
iconEMS? CUSHINGS? IR? which is it?12 Feb 26, 06
iconThyroid supplementation for Metabolic Syndrome?Aug 22, 05
iconMagnesium supplementation?Apr 10, 05
iconIs Prevention of EMS Possible?Mar 18, 10
iconCushings or Peripheral Cushings?10 Feb 17, 05
iconHypothyroid vs other endocrine issuesSep 28, 04
iconJoint supplements and EMSFeb 10, 04
iconEquine Metabolic SyndromeJan 29, 04
iconThyroid supplementJul 14, 07
iconPossible founder or toe bruising in EMS mare31 May 17, 08
iconFall grass and frostSep 27, 06
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