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Old 11-19-2012, 04:59 PM
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Hi Louise,
Sorry to hear Munchie isn't feeling well... Just curious, why do they have Munchie eating white rice? Would they consider brown rice or even better barley?
You would think they would want his BG levels stabilized and then other things would follow... But I know the poor little guy has many problems and I certainly hope he can get a spring back in his step soon.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:36 PM
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i agree you really do want to stabilize the numbers the best you can if you cant change the diet and just to double down with barb jesse has a raw meat processed greens cooked yams and hard boiled eggs and jesse had terrible pancreatitis and havent seen a flare up since we started this diet 2 and a half years

now you may not want to go jesses direction but it shows you can find a diet low in fat that may not have the quantity of rice you are serving

now if you cant get around the rice and thats what is perscribed you probably going to have to give a fast acting insulin if you are getting a big rise after dinner and if so that is probably due to the rice the regular insulin wont be able to keep up with the rice more than likely

just a thought
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:46 PM
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I tell you Louise, at this point, in your shoes I believe I would switch the diet. It's not working as it is now for blood sugar or triglycerides. Barb's diet could be a good place to start for Munchie.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:12 PM
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Sorry Louise, It kind of sounds like we are in the same boat although different diseases. With Ruby I have to decide which disease takes precedent.

I don't know if low b12 could be a factor with the SIBO. Ruby has EPI and if her b12 levels aren't kept up with injections or a special b12 supplement she will have a SIBO flare up.

I am not remembering why he is on a diet with so much rice, can you remind me? I agree with others on either a diet change or working in a fast acting insulin. Do you know how long his food rise lasts?

So tough, I know. Hang in there.

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Old 11-19-2012, 07:33 PM
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I haven't read all the posts, but I must be missing something.

Why is white rice in the diet?

For humans, white rice has a higher reading than table sugar on the glycemic index.

I just did a simple search and there is lots of info such as:

"Those who consumed at least five servings (150 grams each) of white rice per week had a 17 percent higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes than those who hardly ate any white rice at all. And people who were eating at least two servings of brown rice a week had an 11 percent lower chance of getting the disease than those who ate less than one serving of it a month. The authors calculated that replacing white with brown rice would lower the chances of type 2 diabetes by 16 percent. "

I know dogs only get type 1.

I just don't understand the rational on having a diabetic dog on an instant sugar food.
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What about brown rice? Hugs
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I am not remembering why he is on a diet with so much rice, can you remind me? I agree with others on either a diet change or working in a fast acting insulin. Do you know how long his food rise lasts?
Tara: His diet was formulated by UC Davis back in 2008 for high triglycerides except back then it had chicken. Today his bg finally started to decline at the 8 hr. point. Dropped from the 600's to 564. Checked at 6:30 p.m. and it was at 455. Two more hours and it's bucket of rice time again. The only time his numbers go down to something decent is overnight when he doesn't get this diet. He has made a little headway from the 700's he was getting all the time back in Oct. but not much.

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I just don't understand the rational on having a diabetic dog on an instant sugar food.
Buddy: The diet wasn't originally formulated for diabetes. For whatever reason his doctor didn't seem to think this current diet was a problem with diabetes. It contains over 66% white rice. Honestly, I'm ready to take a chance with commercial food since their diet never lowered his triglycerides and I'm not too enthused about paying another reformulation fee for something that may or may not work.

Jessie, Dawn, Patty & Abby:
I've been online looking at dog food all day and this is driving me nuts! Munch has proteinuria but hasn't been required to go on a low protein diet. Doctor had Davis formulate one back in March (never had to use it though) and it's 78.2% white rice. His current diet is slightly over 8% fat and lower than any commercial diet - but it doesn't work for triglycerides and definitely not for diabetes! I'm worried as when I run the numbers to calculate ME on commercial food everything is 2 to 3 times higher in fat than what he's currently getting. If I change him to something and cause him to become sick I don't think I could ever forgive myself. If I keep him on this diet without some type of additional insulin he's not going to be ok. I've received some suggestions from Natalie and will discuss with his doctor. I weighed him on the baby scale this afternoon. He was 24.4 lbs. when this started in Oct. and he's now at 22.7. I'm downright scared.

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Old 11-20-2012, 05:39 AM
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I think it was you who said you have spoken with Dr. Dodds before regarding Munchie's thyroid. When I corresponded with her back in early June, I mentioned Decker's diet (Science Diet Light) and she had recommended switching him to a grain free food given his cholesterol value was >520mg at the time. She had recommended staying away from any diet that contained wheat, corn or soy as the glutens would be difficult for his liver to handle. Her recommendation was to switch his diet to Wellness CORE Reduced Fat or Wellness Healthy Weight, or a Light formula of Taste of the Wild, Merrick, or Blue Buffalo. I realize triglycerides are not cholesterol but they are still high lipids. I think others have gotten a different opinion on whether a grain free diet makes a difference but thought I'd pass it along as it was helpful to us. Decker was switched to the Wellness Core Reduced Fat and has done very well on it. Hoping you are able to find a balance that works for Munchie.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:55 AM
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I'll throw my 2˘ in for good measure. I can't imagine why anyone would want a diabetic eating mostly carbs that are rapidly digested and converted to glucose. Looks like you're trying to push water uphill with this approach to controlling diabetes.

As a note ... my first ex-wife
was a consulting Registered Dietitian who for a good while worked with a group of endocrinologists at a research hospital performing studies on obesity.She was always in awe of their lack of
knowledge about foods and nutrition.

http://diabetes.webmd.com/news/20120315/white-rice-linked-to-diabetes-risk
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:41 AM
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Louise,

You would think I work for Honest Kitchen, but I truly love this stuff. Here is the Guaranteed Analysis for Zeal;

Guaranteed Analysis
•Protein, 35.5% min
•Fat, 8.5% min
•Fiber, 5.8% max
•Moisture, 8.9% max
•437 Calories per cup

The protein is high, but it is fish related. The fat is where you are about now, and there are NO carbs... you can add them separately if you find that you need them.

Abby has allergies, and this food has done wonders for her. No more Schnauzer bumps, cysts, licking paws. Also, her BG levels have done very good on this food.

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