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Diet, Exercise Can Help Some Horses with Type 2 PSSM – The Horse


Diet, Exercise Can Help Some Horses with Type 2 PSSM – The Horse


It wasn’t long ago that horses with polysaccharide storage myopathy—a condition that results in abnormally high levels of glycogen (stored sugar) in their muscles, lack of energy during exercise, and persistently elevated serum creatine kinase levels (indicative of muscle damage) during and after exercise—had just that: PSSM. Researchers have learned, however, that some affected horses have a genetic mutation in glycogen synthesis behind their clinical signs while others do not, suggesting there are at least two subtypes of the disease: type 1 PSSM (PSSM1) and type 2 PSSM (PSSM2), respectively.

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