Exercise Increases Insulin Sensitivity in Horses
Certain exercise regimens and intensities could increase insulin sensitivity in horses, thereby reducing insulin resistance, according to the results of a recently completed study.
"Exercise has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in horses; however, it was unclear what exercise intensity is required for this improvement," explained study author Tanja Maria Hess, MV, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
"A better understanding of the effect of different exercise regimens on insulin sensitivity is needed to develop effective management strategies and exercise recommendations by which owners may reduce insulin resistance-related health risks," she relayed.
To that end, Hess and colleagues employed 31 healthy horses of mixed breeds residing at the Second Calvary and Guard Regiment of the Brazilian Army, in Rio de Janeiro. "The majority of the horses in this study were young and not obese, thus lowering the risk of insulin resistance," the team noted
Create a free account with TheHorse.com to view this content.
Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with