The Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

I hope that everyone is having a good day so far.  It’s been a while since I wrote about my blood sugar levels.  The biggest challenge a diabetic cat and its human face are keeping blood sugar levels in check.

The non-diabetic blood sugar range for cats typically ranges from 50 to 130.  For diabetic cats, we like to try to keep the blood sugar between 100 and 180. Diabetic Cats don't have to worry too much!

For humans this is way too high, incidentally.  For humans, the threshold where complications start to result from excess blood sugar is generally recognized as 140.  That level for you human is where you start to run into trouble with your pancreas and other organ damage can occur.

Diabetic cats like me can handle a lot more blood sugar.  The renal threshold, which is where excess glucose spills from the kidneys into the urine, is somewhere between 180 and 270.  And 300 is considered the level where diabetic cats will start to really show problems like weakness in our legs.  For cats, who like to jump on things — just ask Jacey — this is a really bad outcome.

My human changed the treatment protocol a little bit, based on a study which was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.  Yes, there is a scientific journal that covers feline medicine.  Pretty cool, huh?

The roller coaster of a diabetic cat's blood sugarLast week, my human increased my dosing according to this protocol.  I am now receiving five units per injection, which I get at twelve hour intervals.  And while I’m not seeing the results I really want, where my blood sugar is between 100 and 200, I’m seeing an average blood sugar reading of 269.  That’s below that 300 number.  I am hopeful that it will get lower soon on this dosing level, but if not, my human will increase the dosing.

What is most interesting is that all of this testing and dosing doesn’t take a lot of time.  It takes my human about ten minutes a day for everything.  So having a diabetic cat like me doesn’t really increase the amount of time you need to spend caring for us.  My human spends so much more time playing with me than he does taking care of my diabetes!

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4 Replies to “The Blood Sugar Roller Coaster”

  1. Hey… I am going to VCA next week. Was reading up on Yelp re: Dr. Ford and stumbled upon your name again! Zig came out of one year remission in Jan. He’s on .5 units/Lantus 2x per day – hovering between 180-207 – now, 3 months in. He was at KenVet but they want him to see Dr. Ford. 3 wks ago I decided to get a new bottle of Lantus and change injection site to side of thorax. Improvement – spikes (260-280) stopped. Next week, Dr. Ford (without Zig) and I have a consult. I can see you’re trying to accomplish what I am – with the same commitment. If ever you want to share info… you are welcome to.

    1. Yes, it’s a challenge, isn’t it. I think things are getting better. My blood sugar was down to 80 at the +10 and 120 during my evening post shot reading.

      I am hopeful that my blood sugar stays here. It will make both me and my human happy!

  2. How’s it going since you posted since you started the new protocol? Zig has had a spiking trend… which, of course, brings on human frustration. Increased dose by .25 to tap it downward. Dr. Ford will hopefully have some answers. Jules – @sdtips

    1. My human thinks we are close to finding that magic dosing level. We’ll hold it here for a while and see what happens. We’re at five units. If it means anything, when my human went to visit his parents for Christmas, he had people come in and give me five units each time. It seemed to be okay. We will see.

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