Lipids or fats circulating in the blood. An excess of them interferes with the binding of insulin to the proper cells, in the case of diabetes, and causes insulin resistance, thwarting regulation[1].

Hyperlipidemia[2] is another term for too many lipids, or fats, circulating in the blood.

They usually occur because of the hormonal imbalances associated with Cushing's Disease and hypothyroidism; treating them reduces the excess circulating lipids. Miniature schnauzers as a breed are prone to this condition spontaneously with no underlying disease[3].

A low-fat diet supplemented by omega-3 fatty acid geneally helps reduce them. Anticholesterol medication, as humans take, is also available[4].

Further ReadingEdit



  1. Veterinary Partner-The Hard to Regulate Diabetic Pet
  2. Hyperlipidemia in Dogs and Cats-WSAVA 2003
  3. Veterinary Partner-The Hard to Regulate Diabetic Pet
  4. Marvistavet--The Hard to Regulate Pet-Cholesterol Medication
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