Recently, our supporters helped to make possible a collaborative study with a colleague in Germany which has emphasised the importance of controlling blood glucose concentrations soon after a diagnosis of diabetes in cats. By carefully controlling blood glucose levels of cats within 6 months of diagnosis, it has been found that 84% of cats no longer need insulin.
This compares to only 34% of cats that can stop insulin injections if blood glucose levels begin being tightly controlled later than 6 months after diagnosis. The message is that the earlier good control is instituted, the better the results. Previous landmark studies by the Centre have shown that the insulin "glargine" produces markedly better results than other insulins traditionally used for cats. This remarkable research is helping to change the management of diabetic cats around the world.