Advertisement

Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

Metformin Does Little to Lower Teens' A1Cs

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

BananaStock/Thinkstock

The type 2 diabetes drug metformin may not benefit adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Researchers added either daily metformin or a placebo to the insulin regimens of 140 overweight or obese teenagers with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes. Both groups started off with an average A1C—a measure of long-term glucose control—of 8.8 percent. After 13 weeks, participants’ A1C had a slightly greater drop with metformin, but by the 26-week mark, both groups had the same average A1C level: 8.6 percent. The teens on metformin dropped their insulin doses by about 21 percent compared with their peers who took the placebo. And while the placebo group’s weight rose by 4 pounds, metformin users didn’t gain weight. They experienced more gastrointestinal problems, however.
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, published online  Dec. 1, 2015

 
Advertisement

Get Free Health Tips

Register for free recipes, news you can use, and simple health tips – delivered right to your inbox.

Get to Know

While she’s still spinning music, DJ Spinderella (aka Deidra Roper) is no longer spinning her wheels when it comes to getting the right information to help her family members who have diabetes. Read more >