Sex Matters in Aging. The Canagliflozin Story
A promising and novel approach for identifying anti-aging therapeutics has been the repurposing of clinically approved and readily available drugs in mice. Canagliflozin, a clinically approved safe, and effective drug for type 2 diabetic patients, was recently shown to robustly retard age-related lesions in male mice but less so in female mice. While this type of sex disparity is often seen in the field of aging, it does represent a dilemma of not knowing the cause or how translationally relevant the sex differences would be in older humans treated with Canagliflozin. Thoughtful and mechanistic investigations are needed to understand why these differences are present and whether they can be eliminated by new drugs or drug combinations. Success in using repurposed drugs for aging intervention studies in humans will depend on preclinical research to uncover pathways that can be targeted for the benefit of both sexes.
Keywords: Aging intervention, canagliflozin, sex disparities, mouse aging, age-related lesions