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Carcinogen Found in Popular Diabetes Drug and coconut oil for dogs

Genotoxic impurities in drugs, known as nitrosamines, have been the topic of an ongoing FDA investigation. N-Nitrosodimethylamine, also known as NDMA, as a type of nitrosamine that is a known environmental contaminant. It has been classified as a probable human carcinogen. NDMA has been found in water and foods, including dairy products, vegetables and grilled and cured meats. In an official statement, the FDA announced that NDMA was found in a diabetes drug — Metformin.

According to the statement, the acceptable daily intake limit for NDMA in the U.S. is 96 nanograms. While the impurities were found in Metformin outside of the United States, the FDA is still investigating whether Metformin in the U.S. is also contaminated.

Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said “Our investigations, including our current investigation of metformin, take into account the medical necessity of the drug, how many Americans may take it, and whether there may be alternative treatments available. The American public can expect that we will act quickly to address any issue as soon as we find out about it.”

Woodcock noted that improved technology allows the agency to detect impurities in drug products. Several other drug products, including angiotensin II receptor blockers and ranitidine (Zantac) have also been found to contain small amounts of nitrosamines, resulting in recalls.

Woodcock added, “The FDA recommends prescribers continue to use Metformin when clinically appropriate, as the FDA investigation is still ongoing, and there are no alternative medications that treat this condition in the same way.”

This isn’t the first time Metformin has made headlines. Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City used data from the Diabetes Prevention Program and the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study to look into the effects of metformin use on vitamin B12 levels. They found that nearly 20% of those taking Metformin had borderline low vitamin B12 levels compared to 10% of those taking a placebo.

Coconut oil for dogs

Coconut oil is good for dogs, both internally and on their skin. Adding a small amount of coconut oil to your dog’s diet can help boost his energy, support his digestion and fight infections. Plus, using coconut oil topically on your dog’s fur and skin works to reduce odor, soothe skin damage and freshen their coat.

8 Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

  1. Supports Metabolism and Weight Loss

  2. Boosts Energy

  3. Fights Infections

  4. Improves Digestion

  5. Supports Skin and Coat Health (external)

  6. Improves Dog Odor (external)

  7. Helps Eliminate Hairballs and eases a cough

  8. Supports Dental Health

It 's smart to start with small amounts to make sure it's well tolerated and then build up the dose slowly over time. A good starting dose is a quarter teaspoon one or two times a day. You can then increase the dose slowly over time.

If your dog has diarrhea or greasy stools, you may be giving too much – reduce the dose. Some dogs may be allergic and experience an adverse reaction, so again, start with a small dose. If you are using the oil topically for the first time, try it on a small area to make sure there is no adverse reaction. Studies seem to indicate that it helps with and reduces the effects of aging.

How to Use Coconut Oil for Dogs (+ the Top 8 Benefits)