Abstract: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common disorder in middle-aged to older dogs. Treatment options, similar to those for humans, include insulin injection, dietary changes and exercise. Since some diabetic dogs may develop humoral immune responses to exogenous insulin resulting in treatment failure, the use of alternative medicine could represent an interesting new therapeutic strategy for DM in addition to the traditional insulin therapy. The main objective of this report was to evaluate a new therapeutic strategy for DM, based on the association of insulin injections with an orally administered extract of Boswellia serrata to improve glycemic control in a diabetic dog. A nine year old female neutered mixed breed dog diagnosed with DM was treated with increasing doses of a porcine insulin zinc suspension starting from 0.2 U/kg up to 0.6 U/kg q 12 hours. Twenty weeks after the start of insulin therapy the duration of effect and glucose nadir were ideal and clinical symptoms had disappeared but hyperglycemia, although less severe, persisted. Supplementation with a dry extract from the gum- resin of Boswellia serrata was initiated, at a dosage of 15 mg/kg q 12 hours, to improve insulin sensitivity or possibly increasing endogenous insulin secretion. B. serrata supplementation led to good glycemic control. No side-effect or adverse reaction were observed during the study. The present case report provides the first evidence in veterinary medicine of a positive effect of dietary supplementation with boswellic acids associated with traditional insulin therapy on glycemic control in a diabetic dog. A major pitfall of the study is the lack of a control. More extensive clinical trials are required to provide definitive evidence of B. serrataefficacy.
|Titolo:||Effect of Boswellia serrata supplementation in addition to insulin on glycemic control in a diabetic dog|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
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