Diabetes and rodent nutrition

On this page we have made a selection of the diet where no sugars are added and which have a low carbohydrate composition. These feeds are suitable for animals that are sensitive to diabetes, but not for animals that are already diabetic
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Animals that have a genetic predisposition to diabetes can best be given a natural and low-sugar diet. The food shown on this page is suitable for these animals.


Unfortunately, there is no specific food suitable for a rodent with type 1 diabetes. The diet of an animal with type 1 diabetes must be consulted with a veterinarian at all times. This has to do with the fact that the sugar level of a diabetic animal can not be measured and that is why it is difficult to adjust the diet accordingly.


We believe that rodent food should always be developed in collaboration with a veterinarian, be examined in a laboratory and packaged under the most optimal conditions. If this does not happen, the quality of the food can not be guaranteed 100%. Vitamins are volatile or UV sensitive. A package should therefore never be transparent. In addition, packaging must be packaged under special conditions, otherwise essential nutrients may be lost. The path that a natural component travels must also be as short as possible in order to guarantee absolute freshness.



Switch to a diet with little sugar (feeds on this page). If your rodent has diabetes, it will be difficult for him to break down sugar and convert it into energy. Therefore, you should read the ingredients of the current diet and check for added sugars such as molasses, sugar cane, glucose syrup or fructose. If the diet contains these sugars, you must change the diet to a low-sugar diet.

There is no special diabetic food mix on the market for rodents with diabetes, but you can ask your vet to recommend a nutritional mix for your diabetic rodent.


Avoid giving sweet snacks. Sugary snacks, such as fresh fruit, processed treats and even carrots are difficult for a rodent with diabetes to digest. Try washing it instead and cut celery, broccoli or spinach as a treat.

Give your rodent only one treat a day and make sure you take the snack out of the cage if it is not eaten within a day. Fresh vegetables can quickly spoil.


Feed your hamster a high-protein, high-fiber diet. Diabetic animals can eat a diet consisting of 10-15% protein and 50% fiber. You can supplement the regular diet by giving them protein sources, such as plain tofu, boiled chicken and turkey, or scrambled eggs. These must be given daily in small quantities. Good fiber sources are for example:

  • Lucerne
  • Timothy hay.
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, cucumber, cauliflower and spinach


Give your rodent complex carbohydrates. Carbohydrates must be reduced, but not completely removed from their diet. If you give rodents carbohydrates, always opt for complex carbohydrates, such as oat bran, wholegrain or brown rice. Most rodent food mixes contain enough carbohydrates, ask your vet if you need to supplement the food with complex carbohydrates.


Make sure your rodent moves regularly. Regular exercise can also help prevent and manage diabetes in rodents. Make sure your rodent has a lot of space to be able to live in his cage. Hamsters must always have a walking wheel at their disposal. This can slow down the onset of diabetes in some hamsters.

  • Almonds, Pistachio, Walnuts : Are highly recommended due to their arginine and magnesium content! There are even studies that attribute inflammatory and diabetes tupe 2 to these nuts.
  • Lettuce and Chicory : Lettuce and chicory have many soluble fibers such as inulin. Inulin reduces inflammation in the intestinal flora. Inulin can also be found in the nutritional description of a hamster feed. inulin is a fructan that occurs naturally in plant cells. Inulin is often used as an insulin replacement.
  • Broccoli: is carbohydrate and energy-poor and extremely rich in vitamin C.
  • Nettle: Known for its medicinal effects in Diabetes. You can make nettle tea and put a small (very diluted) amount in the water bottle.
  • Linseed is low in carbohydrates. Linseed is a good source of lignans; antioxidants that help prevent heart disease and cancer.

Gymnema, Turmeric and Fenugreek can lower blood sugar levels. Fenugreek seeds, in particular, reduce blood sugar levels.

  • Turmeric - lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics
  • Gymnema - increases the production of insulin by the pancreas, helps regulate blood sugar levels, helps regenerate beta cells in the pancreas that release insulin and prevents adrenaline from stimulating the liver to produce glucose.
  • Fenugreek - lowers blood sugar levels

Other herbs, including Garlic, Nettle, Guggulu, Pau d'arco, Cat's claw, Damiana, Galega, Neem, Blueberry (leaves) and Ginkgo, help prevent complications by improving blood circulation, strengthening the vessel walls and oxidative damage. appearance.

  • Garlic - beneficial for diabetes type 2
  • Nettle - reduced blood sugar levels

diabetes and food for rodents such as mice, hamster, gerbil, dwarf hamster and degu

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