Reining in equine metabolic syndrome : a gluttony of challenges

de Laat, Melody A. (2013) Reining in equine metabolic syndrome : a gluttony of challenges. The Veterinary Journal, 196(2), pp. 141-142.

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Abstract

We humans are complicated creatures. Despite remarkable intellect, a fearsome ability to push boundaries and superior survival mechanisms, we are at times our own worst enemy. Metabolic syndrome continues to be a premier health problem in developed, and now increasingly in undeveloped, nations. It is spreading across the planet like an infectious disease and is costing us millions. Metabolic disease remains an important focus both for medical research and for governments desperate to ease the burden on already over-taxed health systems. Unlike some previous worldwide health epidemics, obesity-related diseases will require more than a single, silver bullet. A simple vaccine or treatment cannot overcome a lack of education, awareness and in some cases sheer determination; the human element of these diseases. Undeniably, these ‘human elements’ also complicate our ability, as veterinarians, to effectively manage the growing incidence of equine obesity and metabolic disease...

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ID Code: 59583
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Equine Obesity, Metabolic Disease, Equine Metabolic Disease, Laminitis
DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2012.12.014
ISSN: 1090-0233
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 02 May 2013 22:19
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2013 01:34

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