Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should I Take Drugs to Lower My Blood Sugar?

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Question: I have borderline high blood sugar, which my doctor says makes me pre-diabetic. Should I be taking metformin or other diabetes drugs?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
You either have diabetes or you don't. If you are pre-diabetic, you should have your doctor determine if you have periods of hypoglycemia — the high blood sugar we see in pre-diabetics — when you are fasting or if your HBA1C levels are over 6.5.
If the former, no metformin is necessary. But if you have the latter — a high A1C level — metformin is probably a wise choice, if you have the option. Metformin helps your body manage insulin better and actually aids in weight management also, which is essential for proper Type 2 diabetes management

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If you don't have diabetes, you should't take medicine to lower your blood sugar.
Friday, 07 June 2013 04:26 PM
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