About blood glucose curves
may want to make a blood glucose curve for your diabetic cat.
What is a blood glucose curve
A blood glucose helps to determine:
- If and when the insulin given to your cat starts working.
- How efficient the insulin dose is at reducing the blood glucose level.
- How low your cat’s blood glucose falls and when this occurs.
- How long the insulin works in your cat.
This information is used to:
- Monitor the response to an insulin dose – especially in diabetic
cat’s just starting treatment or after a change in insulin dose.
- Investigate diabetic cats that appear not to be responding to insulin
treatment – sometimes after a period of stability
How is a blood glucose curve made?
- Your cat may be hospitalised for up to 24 hours.
- Food and insulin injections will be given according to the schedule
you use at home.
- A blood sample will be taken prior to feeding and insulin dosing.
- Blood samples will then be taken every 2-4 hours for up to 24 hours.
- Blood glucose will be measured in each of these samples.
- The blood glucose levels are plotted against time to produce a curve.
This curve indicates the changes that take place in blood glucose levels
after insulin is injected.
Ideal blood glucose curve
Below is an example of how an
ideal blood glucose would look in a stable diabetic cat.
Click on the thumbnail sketch
for the full sized curve.