She wrote: “There are several issues of concern surrounding GI as it relates to pet nutrition. First, pets are not people. Humanization of pets has allowed for the explosion of many trends in the industry, with a phenomenal impact on the foods that are purchased. But humanization of pets does not turn the metabolism of a dog or cat into that of a human.” The concept of a product possessing a low glycemic index is emerging as a new parameter for evaluating petfoods. The index is a carryover from the human foods industry, where it is used as a method to help diabetic individuals make ingredient and meal choices in their effort to constantly monitor and control blood glucose levels.
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Q: What is hypoglycemia, and how do I handle it?
Hypoglycemia is the term for low blood sugar. Diabetics have the opposite problem, high blood sugar, called hyperglycemia. Diabetics only develop hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is they are managed incorrectly. You will read some scarey stories about diabetics that “hypo” and have all kinds of problems as a result. However, no cat ever needs to have any episodes of hypoglycemia if it is managed without dry cat food and sugar supplements (like Karo, pancake syrup etc.). I have managed hundreds of diabetic cats and have never had one that was on my protocol has had an episode of hypoglycemia that produced these signs.
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Dr. Elliotts Natural Health Column Glycemic Levels in Dogs and Cats Fact or Fiction Pet owners are rightfully concerned with the alarming increase of diabetes in dogs and cats. Diabetes has become a major concern for pet owners and their pets. Diabetes is a human problem- why is this phenomenon occurring in pets? There are pet food manufacturers claiming to have low glycemic foods, even some claiming to have won awards for their low glycemic dog or cat foods. Are these claims real? Is there a real dog or cat food glycemic level established from the FDA or AAFCO? Answer: NO We were informed of a company that does glycemic testing based in the US. I called them and asked specific questions- these are some of the questions and responses. 1- Has the FDA or AAFCO approved glycemic numbers for pets? Answer: NO 2- Does your company specifically do testing for pets? Answer: No, we do human glycemic testing. 3- Has your company or any company that you are aware of established a long term testing program determining actual glycemic levels for dogs or cats? Answer: No, but we are in the process of developing a program. 4- Is there any scientific proof that the numbers you are using are accurate for pets? Answer: No 5- Did you know that some pet food companies are using your low glycemic seal on their pet food bags claiming to be low glycemic pet foods? Answer: They are probably using human index numbers and converting to pets. 6- Do you have a conversion table to convert human glycemic levels to dog or cat levels? Answer: No Pretty scary--- Now, lets look at various ingredients used in pet foods and see what the glycemic value is on the human index- the scale goes from 1 to 100, 100 being very high on the glycemic chart. This is a random sampling. Potatoes 88 White Rice 72 Barley 25 Apple 38 Carrots 47 Yam 37 Corn 78 Brown Rice 55 Sprouts 25 Artichoke 15 Green Beans 15 Sweet Potato 50 Blueberries 44 Peas 48 Tapioca 56 Papaya 56 Potatoes are rated the highest in the glycemic index (sugar levels) for root vegetables. Potatoes have as much sugar in them as a Sugar Donut. Imagine what Your system would be like if you ate sugar donuts every day! Peas- are located in the lower middle section of the glycemic index- however; an over usage of peas and/or pea fiber may cause intestinal distress in dogs.
Apr 3, 2016 - Any vegetables in a food are fiber and not metabolized