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Type 2 Drugs Not as Effective for Kids

By Miriam E. Tucker , , , , ,

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Medications that help manage blood glucose in adults with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes might not work as well in children. A total of 91 overweight or obese people ages 10 to 19 with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes took either three months of daily insulin glargine injections followed by nine months of daily metformin pills, or just daily metformin for a year. There wasn’t a significant difference between those who took insulin and metformin and those who took only metformin. Glucose levels improved in both groups by six months, but levels were higher at months 9 and 12. At the same time, the function of the participants’ insulin-producing beta cells worsened. The drugs’ failure to improve blood glucose was a surprise to researchers. This doesn’t mean kids should stop taking medication, but it does indicate that healthful eating and physical activity continue to be extremely important for avoiding long-term health problems.

Source: The American Diabetes Association 78th annual Scientific Sessions.

 

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