Diabetes Treatment

PZI Insulin

PZI or Protamine Zinc Insulin is an insulin with zinc and protamine (a protein extracted from salmon testes) for diabetes cure. It reduces the release of the insulin into bodily tissues. The insulin component of PZI for human use is derived from animals, either cows or pigs. Animal-derived insulin is a by-product of slaughtering food animals. Now, genetically engineered human insulin has generally replaced animal-derived insulin in use by human diabetics. PZI insulin is now mostly used for pets only. To know more about diabetes health of pets, diabetes symptoms and diabetes care, you can search on the net. For further details, read Identify The Symptoms Of Diabetes In Time.

Beef-source insulin (including PZI formulations) was phased out gradually. Since beef-pork PZI was the insulin most familiar and most recommended for diabetic cats, many were left scrambling to find an effective alternative. As a result, substitution of human insulin for animal-derived insulin, along with protamine-zinc was initiated. PZI sold today is almost certainly a compound of human “Regular” insulin. Diabetes tests of feline diabetes have to be carried out regularly.

People turn to PZI insulin because their cat exhibits wide swings in blood sugar levels, from 400+ (or more) to sub-100's, but with extremely variable (unpredictable) readings at all points on the curve. Very often, this is due to giving too much insulin without sufficient testing to see the whole cycle. If this is the case, cutting the dose half (or more) for several days and more frequent testing will result in a flatter curve and lower average numbers. Excessive dose of insulin can mean steep roller coaster curves, with peak readings (the insulin's strength is at its peak, and blood sugar is lowest) that varies from being dangerously low to being higher than desirable. Large doses affect the insulin's duration as well.