Navigation Links
Start Metformin Early for Best Results
Date:3/12/2010

Study finds that diabetes drug works longer if started soon after diagnosis,,,,

FRIDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- If diabetics start the drug metformin early -- within three months of diagnosis -- it appears the drug will remain effective longer, a new study finds.

"This study suggests that to gain full benefit from metformin, patients should start taking it as soon as they find out they have diabetes," lead author Jonathan B. Brown, an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore., said in a news release from Kaiser Permanente.

Metformin, a generic drug, is used to treat type 2 diabetes by helping the body control blood-sugar levels. However, most people turn to other medications after a while because metformin stops working, but other drugs can be more expensive and boost the risk for weight gain.

The study, which followed almost 1,800 diabetics for up to five years, found that the drug took longer to fail in people who began taking it within three months of being diagnosed with diabetes.

In them, it failed at a rate of 12 percent a year. For those who began taking metformin a year or two after diagnosis, it failed at a rate of 21.4 percent a year.

"We believe that starting the drug early preserves the body's own ability to control blood sugar, which in turn prevents the long-term complications of diabetes, like heart disease, kidney failure and blindness," study co-author Gregory A. Nichols, an investigator with the Kaiser center, said in the news release. "The American Diabetes Association recommends that patients start taking metformin and make lifestyle changes as soon as they are diagnosed. This study provides more evidence to back up that recommendation."

The finding is published in the March issue of Diabetes Care.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has information on metformin.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente, news release, March 9, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Underage drinking starts before adolescence
2. Middle School Marks Most Critical Time to Start Ongoing Conversations About Drug and Alcohol Use With Kids
3. Parents Shouldnt Forget Scoliosis Checks as School Starts
4. Foundation Venture Capital Group, LLC Invests in Start Up Committed to Breast Cancer Diagnostics
5. Motherhood(R) Maternity Joins March of Dimes to Give Babies a Healthy Start in Life
6. LeMaitre Vascular to Start Italian Sales Force
7. Blunt: Time to Stop the Politics on SCHIP, and Start the Negotiations
8. Congress Starts Hearings on FDAs Control of Tobacco
9. Jane Fonda and Bright Starts(TM) Celebrates Pink Power Moms at Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pink Tie Ball
10. Delay in Start of VNUS Patent Litigation and Court Ruling on Summary Judgment Motion
11. Penn wins $5M to start center for ethical, legal and social implications research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/22/2017)... ... April 22, 2017 , ... The San Juan Capistrano summer camp team at the ... the need for summer camps to provide physical activities for all campers. To read the ... Summer Camps , With an increase in specialty camps that focus on what the report ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... Contrary to popular perception, a new ... at noteworthy rates. Between 2002 and 2014, Salas-Wright and his colleagues found a ... the United States. The study, Trends in Fighting and Violence Among Adolescents ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... April 21, 2017 , ... ... firm in Allegheny County that offers services to communities throughout the greater Pittsburgh ... in a charity drive to provide adaptive bicycles for differently-abled children. , Variety ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The VIA Agency , a full-service ... Theravent, Inc. , the makers of a revolutionary new device clinically proven to ... working to expand distribution in anticipation of a national launch. VIA will be ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 21, 2017 , ... Alive ... people who wish to overcome their mental health struggles. The Alive team uses ... LeBouthillier says: “Our approach in dealing with a mental health struggle is based on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... Services Market Analysis By Service (Manufacturing, Research), By Country, (Brazil, ... 2025" report to their offering. ... The Latin American pharmaceutical contract manufacturing services ... Low drug registration cost in Latin American countries ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... VIEW, Calif. , April 19, 2017  IRIDEX ... it will release financial results for the first quarter ... 3, 2017.  The Company,s management team will host a ... 5:30 p.m. ET. Investors interested in listening ... (844) 707-0665 for domestic callers or (703) 326-3030 for ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... India , April 19, 2017 ... and Application, Forecast to 2022 report has covered and analysed ... statistics and information on market size, shares and growth factors. ... major drivers, challenges and opportunities in the global market. ... Browse 152 Tables and Figures, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: