Metformin May Delay Need for More Diabetes Meds
When it comes to medication therapy for type 2, the American Diabetes Association advises doctors to start with metformin—and for a good reason. In a study, researchers analyzed the charts of more than 15,000 people with recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes who were prescribed an oral medication to manage blood glucose. People who started on combo drugs were excluded. Only 25 percent of those who had been prescribed metformin as their first diabetes drug needed a second, compared with 36 to 40 percent of those who started first on other diabetes medications. On average, people who required a second medication did so about a year after going on the first.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, published online Oct. 27, 2014