Since the original posting, here, the stress of a move and the new addition of rosemary extract to the dry grazing food he eats, possibly caused Hamlet to return to a diabetic state the first time he regressed. Rosemary extract inhibits insulin uptake in diabetics:....."Essential oils of rosemary have demonstrated antimicrobial, hyperglycemic, and insulin-inhibiting properties. 98,99" We had been warned of this by the owner of CATWELL on Yahoo, but did not expect the effects to be so immediate, (within three months of dietary change). Other than the change in diabetic status, Hamlet has remained a healthy cuddly fellow, although he is starting to show symptoms in his regular checkups that he has a leaning toward kidney weakness, which is not unexpected with his 'wild' background.
March 23,2006: Recently we started providing a supplement that is meant to improve insulin uptake, called "Diabetex", in Canada. After observing Hamlet having difficulties that are sometimes attached to hypoglycemic episodes, we shoved some food under his face, which he inhaled voraciously, and then we took him to the vet to have proper observed testing done to decide course of action. This was actually the second occasion we encountered this, and reduced his insulin by about a third a month ago. Now we are reducing it even further and expecting to eventually eliminate the need for insulin again, according to the results of the fructosamine test we had done, as the lab is concerned and thinks he should not be on insulin. The only factor that has changed has been the Diabetex, so we are assuming that with time it heals the body and reduces the need for insulin, in spite of the rosemary extract found in all feline diabetic formulas.
Many of our diabetic felines were treated with a steroid prior to developing diabetes, and steroids are listed as a known trigger for diabetes to occur. Steroids are strictly a bandaid approach to illness. They are not cures, and human doctors are developing enough sense not to use them unless the situation is urgent enough. Hopefully, veterinarians will start to use more discretion when prescribing steroids, too. The following is copied from our cancer patient's site as it is as much a concern here under the subject of diabetes.
The following sites clarify why I do not like using prednisone, which is good for short term prevention of inflamation, but has its side effects:
For patients on oral corticosteroids, another serious potential side effect is suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which can lead to adrenal insufficiency, said Serge A. Jabbour, M.D., of the Thomas Jefferson University here.
and at the same site:
The portion of the inhaled drug that does not make it into the lung but is instead swallowed, and the ensuing systemic effect interferes with the growth process.
Evidence that prednisone-induced myopathy is reversed by physical training.