What is acarbose?
Acarbose is a drug widely used in human medicine to help reduce blood sugar levels, and it’s just as useful in dogs. It has many additional benefits to improving overall health, too. What is much more interesting is that it is one of the very few drugs actually proven to increase longevity in clinical studies. Adding acarbose to rapamycin therapy increases longevity by an even greater amount.
Common problems that acarbose can address
Acarbose has been proven to increase lifespan, and that effect is magnified with rapamycin. Acarbose can address the following problems in canine health:
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Help well-loved pets lose weight
- Reduce inflammation and pain
Due to the Warburg effect, acarbose also has the potential to reduce tumor growth rates in cancer patients.
Benefits your pet can receive from acarbose
Acarbose is very safe for dogs when used at the dose prescribed by your veterinarian or by Dr. Kevin during a concierge consult. As your pet is adjusting to acarbose, you may see loose stool or smell the dreaded dog farts because it essentially keeps sugar in the intestine rather than letting it be absorbed. Sugar ferments to gas and sucks water into the gut—enough said. This effect almost always disappears as your pet’s intestines adapt to acarbose.
Acarbose is a prescription drug most commonly used in diabetes control, both in humans and pets. As more studies have come out, we’ve learned it's also a longevity drug because of its numerous health benefits.
Acarbose is a very safe drug for humans and pets. However, as detailed above about its safety, it may cause temporary loose stools and gas as your pet’s intestines get used to acarbose.
If you have questions about acarbose for your dog or any other part of their health care, you can e-mail Dr. Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more complex issues or to set up a treatment plan, we can get you set up with a concierge consult.