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Should I Take Meds for Pre-Diabetes?

By    |   Monday, 09 Feb 2015 10:36 AM

Question: I have pre-diabetes and my endocrinologist wants to put me on metformin to keep me from becoming diabetic. What do you think: Is this a good idea?

 Dr. Hibberd’s answer: 
 
Metformin is used to treat diabetes, not pre-diabetes. If you have glucose intolerance, metformin helps sensitize your peripheral tissues to insulin — effectively improving insulin resistance, which is the hallmark of type 2 diabetes.

You may also find it improves your ability to maintain a healthy weight by suppressing your appetite, which in turn reduces your risk of developing a more severe form of type 2 diabetes.

You should discuss your goals with your endocrinologist, so you understand why metformin is being prescribed, and you will be able better to manage your condition when things are explained a little more to you.

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Metformin is used to treat diabetes, not pre-diabetes, but can help if you have glucose intolerance.
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