The Horse

OCT 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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Page 30 of 51 | The Horse October 2018 31 ISTOCK.COM W hen you hear the term inflammation, you might picture a localized swollen area on a limb or around a wound. But inflammation also occurs systemically, affecting the whole body. It has been a buzz- word in the medical community for years in discussions on how to manage chronic diseases in humans. Equine researchers have begun studying the concept of whole-body inflammation because of its links to a variety of health problems, including equine metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and lamini- tis; "leaky gut syndrome"; and risk of musculoskeletal injury. How does bodywide inflammation even occur? Well, if the body's normal protective responses be- come amplified, what started as a defense mechanism can turn into a chronic problem. The immune system normally secretes pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are chemical messenger proteins such What researchers are learning about bodywide inflammation's effect on horses It's ALL Connected NANCY S. LOVING, DVM Researchers have linked whole-body inamma- tion to conditions such as equine metabolic syndrome, insulin re- sistance, laminitis, and more.

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