Epidemic of Pet Diabetes
1. Over-Vaccination is overstimulating the immune system
There is a community of veterinarians that are really concerned about the epidemic of pet diabetes. They have seen increases of diabetes in people’s pets which is contributing to “immune-mediated diseases”. These are the diseases that happen when your pet’s immune system turns on itself.
This seems to be happening especially to dogs. Dogs, for some reason, seem more susceptible to their immune system attacking their pancreas. It is the fact that this points to an “autoimmune development” of type 2 diabetes.
These are known as “immune-mediated” or “autoimmune” diseases and they are thought to be caused by an “overstimulation of the immune system”. The thing that causes “stimulation to a pet’s immune system” is? Too many “vaccines”.
Too many vaccines or “over-vaccinating” can lead to an “over-stimulated immune system”, which can in turn, lead to “immune-mediated diseases” like diabetes. This is one scenario that has led to the “epidemic of pet diabetes.
If you compare a human and the childhood immunizations that they get, it is believed that these immunizations can eventually give them a lifetime of protection.
However, our pets are getting sick because they’re getting too many vaccines; this is causing overstimulation of the pancreas. This is what seems to be happening, but as for why, no one is sure. If we are connecting diabetes and your pets due to too many vaccines, then we have to know why these pets are getting too many vaccines.
Dr. Becker says “It’s a good question. The fact is your dog or cat is quite likely protected for life after a complete set of puppy or kitten shots during his first 12 months.”
And so if Dr. Becker is correct, and what she is saying makes perfect sense to me, then why is it that every time an already fully immunized adult pet receives yet another full round of the same vaccines, (parvo, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, lepto, chronoline, Bordetella, and rabies) it’s a possibility that the pet’s immune system is becoming overstimulated which pushes the pet to acquire an autoimmune disease such as type 2 diabetes.
The next time someone suggests that your pet needs to get another set of vaccines, be sure to ask a “holistic veterinarian” to run a set of “titres” or “tests that measure the pet’s functional antibody response to previous immunizations”.
At least, it is in this way you are being proactive as far as your pet’s health is concerned and then they are not going to be re-vaccinated when it isn’t necessary. This will insure that your poor pet won’t be loaded down with useless man made vaccines which might set off an autoimmune response leading to diabetes.
2. A Sedentary Lifestyle
Pets usually have the same lifestyle that their human mums and dads do. If the parents are couch potatoes, it is reasonable to believe their pet is also a couch potato. Lack of exercise is one of the big reasons contributing to a diagnosis of diabetes in people. But it is quite another reason to keep your pets active and diabetes away.
It is necessary for humans and pets to have heart-pumping, muscle-toning, and calorie burning exercise every single day.
Anaerobic exercise doesn’t do anything for your pet or yourself but turn your muscles into fatty, mushy, tissue. Anaerobic exercise will be a positive force for diabetes and your pets to become quite close if we are not careful about how much time our pet is allowed to lounge.
Taking control of your dog’s leash and leading him on a purposeful power walk at least once a day will be the thing for him and keep his heart rate elevated for at least 20 minutes, and make it so that diabetes and your pets never meet.
If your pet is a feline however, it will require some trickery on your part. My son uses his laser pointer for our cat who goes bonkers chasing that green light. Getting creative with kitty at times is frustrating. There are times when our kitty simply sits there and looks at us like we are a couple of mortal idiots. But usually, after we have worked at it for a bit, we can get him going.
3. High Carb Diets
Obesity is not only an epidemic in people world-wide; there is also an epidemic of pet diabetes. There is also an epidemic of obesity which stems from two different places:
- Lack of movement and
- Diet which is usually the main and most obvious reason for any and all weight gain and one of the majority of reasons for the epidemic of pet diabetes
A majority of pets just like humans are consuming high calorie, high carb diets. But as in my diabetes blog, dogs and cats as well as humans have no physiological requirement for grains like corn, wheat, rice, soy, millet or quinoa for energy sources.
Dogs are scavengers and cats are hunters. These animals are designed to burn fat and protein very efficiently and neither species has a need for filler carbs.
But the dog and cat food makers in the U.S. fill these foods with grain or potato starches. Grains and potato starches are fillers for most manufactured pet foods and one of the main reasons that there is such an epidemic of pet diabetes.
Your pet doesn’t need a diet full of carbs, but most certainly not in quantities that commercial pet food manufacturers are using.
There is a big movement today from holistic vets and pet parents who are pushing for higher protein foods for pets. The pet food industry has pretty much been forced to make changes to benefit our pets.
Corn and meal additives in pet food wasn’t getting the okay from pet parents anymore. As we too late figured out, carbs break down into sugar and we are very aware of what happens to sugar, especially if our bodies aren’t producing insulin like they should be.
Too much sugar turns us into diabetics. The same reason there is an epidemic of pet diabetes.
This big mess that our nation, our world, is in today really all began way back when the Dept. of Agriculture decided that we needed a food pyramid. The food pyramid was to be used for educational purposes all the way around in hospitals, schools, and cafeterias. It was even teaching us how we needed to eat at home.
The Dept. of Agriculture then hired someone to build our food pyramid. But the way it looks today is not the way she originally designed it.
Fats and proteins were in a much larger section and the grains and cereals were in a smaller space. The Dept. of Agriculture wasn’t happy with the design. They were more worried about America’s farmers being able to make money on their crops. So they moved grains and cereals and breads into a much bigger section and they moved proteins and fats into a combined space and into a much smaller section; right where it is still sitting today.
The Food Pyramid is a broken piece of garbage mostly. We ate just like it told us to. We followed it for years and look what has happened to us.
If you don’t believe me, then go and sit in a mall sometime and just observe the people walking past that are overweight and still eating ice cream cones as they walk by.
There are over 410 million people that have diabetes world wide today. There are over 86 million people in the U.S. that are prediabetic. What do you think this has done to our animals? Well, we now have an epidemic of pet diabetes.
Dr. Becker and Dr. Mercola state “All the carbohydrates in your pet’s food – which is usually as high as 80 percent of the contents – break down into sugar. Excess sugar can result in diabetes.”
“Too many carbs, too much sugar in your pet’s diet may result in pancreatic failure, insulin production deficiency or insulin resistance; a condition in which the body’s cells stop using insulin efficiently and become starved of those essential nutrients.”
We need to stop feeding our pets “carbs” and transition them to a diet that is specific to their particular species. According to Dr. Becker, Dr. Mercola, and Dr. Andrew Jones (our online holistic vet), we should feed them preferably, a raw diet.
How to Keep that Epidemic of Pet Diabetes Away From Our Pets
- Avoid any unnecessary vaccinations; they can over-stimulate your pet’s immune system and create immune-mediated diseases.
- Get serious about exercising your pets every day.
- Feed dogs and cats a species-specific diet with no added carbs.
- Watch your pet’s calorie intake, and maintain optimal weights.
Thanks for asking about the epidemic of pet diabetes; I hope that this post has helped to understand how pet diabetes is much the same as human t-2 diabetes.
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If you’d like to do some investigating all of your own? Here’s a great site where it is information diabetes overload! http://www.petdiabetes.com/ Good luck to you.