Metabolic dysfunction and laminitis

de Laat, Melody A. (2014) Metabolic dysfunction and laminitis. Australian Equine Veterinarian, 33(1), pp. 44-52.

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Objective: This review focuses on laminitis that develops as a result of metabolic dysfunction and aims to provide a concise assessment of the current state of knowledge on this form of the disease.

Outline: The most prevalent form of laminitis is associated with metabolic or endocrinopathic diseases, such as Equine Metabolic Syndrome and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, and the feeding of high-energy diets, particularly those rich in non-structural carbohydrates. Insulin dysregulation is the key hormonal imbalance implicated in causing this form of laminitis and hyperinsulinaemia is an important risk factor for the disease. Hyperinsulinaemia can occur in association with insulin resistance, obesity, regionalised adiposity, dysregulated cortisol metabolism and may also be related to other factors, such as breed and genetic predisposition. Recognition of hyperinsulinaemia is best achieved by using a dynamic oral glucose test that can be performed relatively easily under field conditions. Insulin produces a unique pathological lesion in the lamellae and the features of this lesion have informed investigations on the pathogenesis of the disease. Research into the mechanism of disease is continuing so that more targeted therapies than are currently available can be developed. However, dietary restriction and exercise remain effective management strategies for metabolic disease.

Conclusions: Although the pathogenic mechanism/s of metabolic and endocrinopathic forms of laminitis remain the subject of intense research, ample data on risk factors for the disease are available. Efforts focussed on preventing the disease should aim to identify metabolic disease and reduce obesity and insulin resistance in at-risk individuals.

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ID Code: 70848
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Equine metabolic syndrome, Horse, Insulin, Hyperinsulinaemia, Lamellae, Obesity
ISSN: 1834-1349
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > VETERINARY SCIENCES (070700)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Equine Veterinarians Australia
Deposited On: 01 May 2014 02:39
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 03:55

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