Can a Drug Prevent Laminitis in Horses?
If insulin dysregulation is the main cause of the hoof disease laminitis, why don’t we use drugs to help regulate insulin levels and, thus, prevent laminitis in horses?
Well, we would, except there aren’t any. At least not yet. Australian researchers say there might be new medication in the pipeline, and it’s showing promising results in early trials.
A drug called velagliflozin, a sodium-glucose cotransport 2 inhibitor, is designed to stop high glucose concentrations from circulating in the blood by encouraging the kidneys to release it into urine. Doctors already use similar drugs to treat human metabolic syndrome, and this particular one could help horses with insulin dysregulation, as well, said Martin Sillence, BSc (Hons), PhD, professor of biological sciences at Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane,
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