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OLDIES BUT GOODIES GOES WHEN IT COMES TO DIABETES MEDICATIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Metformin is a medication used to manage type 2 diabetes, and itís been around for a long time. Now a new Johns Hopkins study led by Wendy Bennett, an internal medicine specialist, demonstrates that metformin should likely be the first choice when it comes to starting someone with type 2 diabetes on a medication.

BENNETT: In general we found that probably metformin has the best risk to benefit ratio, so most people can get good benefit from metformin in terms of lowering hemoglobin a1c with the fewest adverse effects, and it also tends to be a less expensive medication because itís not a newer agent itís been around for a long time.       :21

Bennett says that metforminís longevity in the drug marketplace establishes its efficacy in managing type 2 diabetes, and that most physicians will have a wealth of experience using it and be quite familiar with potential side effects. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.


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