Acarbose is used in the treatment of diabetes because it helps control blood sugar levels by slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates (simple and complex starches/ sugars) from the diet. In this way it reduces the abnormally high blood sugar levels that occur after each meal.

Sear's described the four pillars of pro-aging as
(1) Excess insulin
(2) Excess glucose
(3) Excess cortisol
(4) Excess free-radicals.
 This theory is expounded in Dr. Dean and Professor Vladimir Dilman's book Neuroendocrine Theory of Aging.

This has been why Dr. Dean is prescribing Metformin to nearly all his patients over the age of 45, (Metformin is also is used to treat type-2 diabetes) in order to make the receptors more sensitive to insulin. We all become diabetic with age (because the parameters for testing are altered according to chronological age), and diabetes can be viewed as an accelerated aging.

GlucobayŽ prevents sugar spikes at the end of a meal and also helps stabilize sugar levels throughout the day. This has important implications for aging, as it can help control energy and mood levels that are directly linked to sugar levels. Furthermore, because one is more likely to feel sated, GlucobayŽ can act as a powerful appetite suppressant and therefore aids in a diet. Dr. Dean is now recommending the use of Metformin and GlucobayŽ (acarbose) for virtually all his patients over the age of 45.

Do not use GlucobayŽ if you have any liver or kidney conditions. Avoid use if you suffer from intestinal, inflammation or ulceration disorders and seek the advice of your physician before use if you are diabetic.

GlucobayŽ doses as anti-aging/ appetite suppression are 1 tablet (50mg each) once, twice or three times daily. The tablets should be chewed and swallowed prior to a meal or with the first mouthful of food.

Side effects of flatulence, diarrhea and abdominal pain have been noted in rare cases with initial use. If this occurs reduce (or stop) the dosage and gradually increase and these problems should disappear.