HEIRO™ (Healthly Equine Insulin Rescue Organical) is an equine insulin resistance supplement manufactured by Equine Medical and Surgical Associates in West Chester, Pennsylvania to treat insulin resistance, the #1 cause of Laminitis. It is a great tasting herbal blend containing fenugreek, ocean kelp, blue-green spirulina algae, cinnamon, ginger, willow, peppermint, milk thistle, alfalfa, vitamin E concentrate, and magnesium oxide mineral.
I decided to order for Pumpkin insulin resistance test at a local veterinary hospital. The hormone insulin helps control the amount of sugar in blood. With insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes), insulin level in blood rises because cell membrane starts, for some reason, acting like a barrier for insulin to reach sugar in cells.
I received a phone call with a result of the test on May 27th, 2008. Pumpkin has been diagnosed with insulin resistance, just like I expected (insulin level was 114.4, normal level is from 0 to 60), which means for her continuing with low non-structural carbohydrate diet and no sugar at all.
While searching the Internet for treatment of insulin resistance condition, I found a supplement Heiro, which was tested in university and commercial labs with really impressive results.
I told myself: "If this is the only thing I can find, why not try it?", and I ordered Heiro for Pumpkin. It is now on it's way from Pennsylvania to Nevada.
Shipment of Heiro arrived via priority mail on Monday July 7th, 2008. The container is actually much smaller than it looks on my picture and contains 30-day supply of proprietary blend of USDA certified herbs, super-concentrated Vitamin E and additional vitamins and minerals.
I started my trip to the ranch for first treatment next day at 5:30 am because it is recommended feed it once a day in early morning, before first feed, which is extremely important!. I had to inject 15ml or 1.5 fl. oz. of the supplement (plastic cap for accurate dosing is enclosed) into her mouth (about five or six times) using a baster (I made opening of a plastic cylinder a little bit larger and secured a rubber bulb on it with a clamp for safe inserting into Pumpkin's mouth without possibility of separation and loss of her medicine - see picture below) because she refused to eat Heiro™ in her treat the day before. As I said before, it is difficult, if not impossible, to explain Pumpkin what's good for her. Treatment will be completed in about 30 days, and then there will be another insulin level test. After that, I will see how good the product really is and if ongoing treatment will be necessary.
The blood for Pumpkin's second insulin resistance test (after 30 days of treatment with Heiro supplement) will be taken on August 6th, 2008 at 10:00 am, and I will publish the lab test result here as soon as I know it.
Unfortunately, Heiro failed. Last blood test showed insulin level 291 high. I'm not saying that Heiro™ is a bad product, try it if your equine suffer from insulin resistance, it just simply didn't work for Pumpkin for some unknown reason. I have no explanation for this because there were no changes in her food. I'm still in a shock. I personally think that there must be some metabolism changes in Pumpkin's body, maybe related to her age because her hooves started getting worse in about less than two years ago. I now really don't know what to do and how to help Pumpkin with her insulin troubles because there is no other medicine than Heiro™ and I don't think that simple diet will be enough. Let's see what we can come up with...
Actually, Heiro did not fail. After a phone call from Dr. Frank Reilly, DVM, who invented Heiro, I know that blood for insulin resistance tests must be taken at the same time to be able to compare the results because level of insulin in blood fluctuates in the course of a day. First time blood was taken after 5 pm (when insulin level is usually low) and second time at 10 am (when insulin level is usually high), so level 291 could be actually lower than the result of the first test (114.4) if blood would have been taken also at 10 am instead of 5 pm. I will continue treatment with Heiro™ for another 30 days with following blood test (blood will be taken again at 10 am).
Results of the third insulin resistance test on 09/10/08: