Metformin, along with lifestyle changes, is a common medication used to treat most people with newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes unless contraindicated. It has also been found to significantly lower risks of developing Type 2 Diabetes in certain populations.
A clinical trial, called The Diabetes Prevention Study, involved over 3,000 people, all at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. Its goal was to compare the safety and effectiveness of 4 treatments on preventing or delaying Type 2 Diabetes in those at high risk. These 4 treatments included: intensive lifestyle changes, Metformin, Rezulin and a placebo.
The findings revealed:
1. Losing 7% of your body weight through healthy eating and exercise lowered risks of Type 2 Diabetes by 58-71% (71% if over age 60)
2. Metformin was as effective as lifestyle changes in those under 60 and with a body mass of 35 and higher
3. Combining Metformin + lifestyle in women with history of Gestational Diabetes (in pregnancy) lowered risks of Type 2 Diabetes by 50%
4. Blood pressure and cholesterol improved for all participants, lowering risks heart disease
5. Ten and fifteen year follow up studies showed continued lower risks of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
These findings were so significant the CDC developed the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a lifestyle change program for people at risk for Type 2 Diabetes.
If you are at risk or living with prediabetes, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about enrolling in the Diabetes Prevention program and to discuss whether taking metformin would be beneficial for you.
If the decision is made for you to take Metformin, here are a few things to know:
· Combine with small, healthy lifestyle changes to further reduce risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
· Have vitamin B12 levels checked periodically. Metformin can lead to Vit B12 deficiency.
· Foods sources of Vit B12 include salmon, tuna, chicken, fortified cereal, soy-based meat alternatives
· Common side effects include GI upset, dose adjustments may be helpful
Remember, Type 2 Diabetes is PREVENTABLE! It is urgent you act today to begin to lower your risks of Type 2 Diabetes.
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