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Diabetes

Question:
In Refrence to: TRUTH 4: "100% COMPLETE" NONSENSE (http://wysongpethealth.net/100PetHealthTruths/?truth=04):

I have a cat who had been/is diabetic. I got fed up with the Vet's continuous, and expensive, testing so I decided to change her food. She was eating diabetic food from the Vet's office. she is now completely off the kibble, and I mix the wet with meat -- chicken and tuna mostly. Chicken that I cook, and tuna that is very low sodium. She is completely off insulin, and drinks and pees normally. I imagine the Vet will be angry when I take her in.

BUT, she does like kibble. she gets about 4-6 grains a day, plus a vitamin. Yes I count out 4-6 grains, more as a treat. I use, again, the diabetic food from the vet. But I thought if I bought your kibble (which was on the diabetic cat recommedations from that little survey I took on your website), she had a BIG backward downturn. She drank and peed a lot that day. I have to say, I was suprised to see "potato protein" on the ingredients list. That should have made me suspicious. I've NEVER heard that potatoes had protein.

So, what are you guys thinking???

Answer:
Potatoes are comprised of about 2% protein and it is one of the highest value proteins available. Potato protein will not cause a sugar (diabetic) reaction, as will sugar or starch from any source.

Please see these links:

Epigen™: www.wysongepigen.net

Epigen™ and Diabetes: http://www.wysongepigen.net/solutions.php?d=9

Epigen Ingredient Concerns: http://www.wysongepigen.net/generalinfo.php?content=ingredientconcerns

Some testimonials counter to your experience:

Cat Feeling Better
"My diabetic cat has been feeling much better since switching to Epigen 90™ dry food and Au Jus™ wet food...Thanks so much!"

Geriatrx™ and Epigen™ Help Diabetic Cat Off of Insulin
"I just wanted you to know that I have been buying your cat food for about three years now. I have three cats, two of which are elderly. My stepson moved back in our house about 8 months ago with his two cats so there are three younger cats in the house; they are about 2 years old. My oldest cat, who is about 14, developed diabetes which is why I started using your food. Until then I had been feeding him one of the more expensive varieties of Science Diet®, thinking I was feeding one of the best quality pet foods, it certainly was expensive enough. When Candy had to go on insulin, I did my research and found Wysong and started feeding Geriatrx™ for the dry food. Since then he was been off of insulin a good deal of the time. His last episode of high blood sugar only lasted about 3 weeks and I was able to take him back off of the insulin. Since Epigen™ came out I have been feeding a variety of Geriatrx™ and Epigen™ and he has not had to be on insulin at all. I recently took the three younger cats for their annual checkup and vaccinations and the vet told me they were some of the cleanest and healthiest cats he has seen. I am on the board and deeply involved in a local no-kill animal adoption facility and know the vet very well so he didn't just say that to be nice, he said it because he felt that way about my cats.

Epigen™ Improves Life For Diabetic Pug
"I have recently purchased and began providing my 3-year-old Pug (weight 15.4kg) with Wysong Epigen™. She was diagnosed with diabetes in March 2012, and has been given Hills Science Diet w/d food until now. Prior to trying your food, she had skin lesions on her paws, her glucose was unstable, and behavior tired & sad. Since feeding her Wysong it's been immediate positive turn around. Blood tests are showing her insulin needs to be reduced now. Thank you in advance for your assistance."

E-Mail – Diabetic Cat in Remission on Epigen™
"...Now all the 11 cats are on Epigen™ after the steroid induced diabetes experience.And you can tell Dr. Wysong, that I believe my cat is now in remission after only 2 months of NO CARBOHYDRATES, whatsoever."


Question:
I am attempting to switch my diabetic dog to Epigen. Last evening, after her meal, I monitored her blood sugar every hour until 9:30 PM. Her blood sugar dropped very nicely and she was at 116 at 9:30 PM. This morning however, she was over 300. I believe the problem could be that this food being a kibble type food, is taking longer to digest than the canned food I had her on previously.

I have two questions please:

1) How long does it take for Epigen to digest? My dog's insulin peaks in 3 hours.

2) If I would grind the Epigen into a powder, would she digest it more quickly?

Answer:
The time it takes for any food to digest is variable. Epigen will take longer to digest and will slow the glycemic response.

We would not suggest trying to increase the rate of digestion in diabetes, but rather slowing it.

Give Epigen more time to help balance metabolism. Also consider varying the diet as suggested in the Optimal Health Program, with an emphasis on the raw TNT foods.

See these links as well

Epigen

100 Pet Health Truths


Question:
Dear Sir or Madam,

I am interested in Wysong Epigen because I have a cat who is borderline diabetic. I was surprised that despite the claims at the site that the food is appropriate for this purpose, I could not find a statistic indicating the percentage of carbohydrate content as a proportion of calories. My vet has recommended that I should keep this below 7%. I am also concerned that the phrase "starch free" is followed by the trademark symbol, which suggests that it may have a meaning other than its ordinary language meaning.

Please send me information about the carbohydrate content, and explain the precise meaning of this trademarked phrase. Thank you.

Answer:
Other than meat and organ glycogen and plant fibers, there is no carbohydrate in Epigen™. There are no starch or sugar ingredients (the culprits in diabetes) as in all other extruded dry diets.

Wysong's Starch Free™ claim indicates exactly what you would expect – that Epigen™ is a product that is absent starch ingredients. There are no other "starch free" kibble diets available; Epigen™ is the first and only. It is therefore a descriptor unique to our product within the greater pet food market, thus our common law trademark claim.

Also, consider signing up for our free program, The 100 Pet Health Truths. The 100 Pet Health Truths will equip you to become a discerning and educated pet owner. We have condensed Dr. Wysong's 30 years of health wisdom into 100 short and easy messages enhanced with fun graphics and videos. You will also receive coupons totaling $100 for free Wysong products interspersed throughout the program.


Question:
I have been giving my ferret both the wet food and the dry Ferret Epigen 90. My ferret has been having problem with extremely high blood sugar since hse started eating the Epigen 90. I talked to a technical person many months ago who informed me that the Ferret Epigen 90 is made with an ingredient that could raise blood sugar levels. He said that a sugar like base is used to help form and keep the kibble together. I am just writing again to find out if this is possibly. Is there ANYTHING in the ingredients in Epigen 90 that could possibly cause elevate the blood sugar levels in a ferret. Your prompt response is greatly appreciated, as my ferret is in the Veterinarian hospital and I need to get info to give the veterinarian ASAP.

Answer:
The Ferret Epigen 90™ is 90% meat and does not contain any starches, or sugars. The information given to you over the phone, or its interpretation, was incorrect with regard to Epigen 90.

Give Epigen™ more time to help balance metabolism. Also consider varying the diet as suggested in the Optimal Health Program™, with an emphasis on the raw foods.

Also, consider signing up for our free program, The 100 Pet Health Truths. The 100 Pet Health Truths will equip you to become a discerning and educated pet owner. We have condensed Dr. Wysong's 30 years of health wisdom into 100 short and easy messages enhanced with fun graphics and videos. You will also receive coupons totaling $100 for free Wysong products interspersed throughout the program.