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Influence of Functional Nutrients on Insulin Resistance in Horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome
Krzysztof Marycz, Eberhard Moll1 and Jakub Grzesiak*
Electron Microscopy Laboratory, University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Kozuchowska 5b, 51-631 Wroclaw, Poland; 1Mütyhle Ebert Dielheim GmbH, Germany
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The obesity is a rising health problem both in veterinary and human medicine. In equine medicine excessive body weight is frequently related to insulin resistance and laminitis as is defined as equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). The dietetic management is considered as the crucial part of treatment strategy in the course of EMS. The main feeding recommendation is to administer the low energy diet in order to restore insulin efficiency and to lower body weight.  In this study 14 horses of different breed, both sexes and different ages with diagnosed equine metabolic syndrome were fed, concurrently, with oats (3g/kg bw), hay (15g/kg bw) and experimental dietary supplement containing selected herbs, aminoacids, butyric acid derivative, biotin and selected dietetic plant like artichoke. The influence of  above dietary protocol on body weight, insulin level, and adipose tissue morphometry was investigated in horses from group A. Horses from group B fed only with oats (3g/kg bw) and hay (15g/kg bw) served as a control. Results of the experiment indicated that tested supplement could improve insulin efficiency and reduce body mass in experimental horses group.

Key words: Equine metabolic syndrome, Functional nutrition, Insulin resistance, Obesity


ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)