Common Diabetes Drug Linked To Lower Dementia Rates
Oct 13, 2020
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA
Author: Destiny Funchess, PharmD Candidate, Tougaloo College, South College School of Pharmacy
One of the most commonly prescribed medications worldwide may have a hidden benefit.
The management of T2DM requires aggressive treatment to achieve glycemic control. Metformin is the first-line treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes. It is one of the most commonly prescribed medications worldwide, with millions of individuals with type 2 diabetes using it to optimize their blood glucose levels. This medication stands out for its antihyperglycemic properties and its effects beyond glycemic control, such as improvements in endothelial dysfunction, hemostasis and oxidative stress, insulin resistance, and lipid profiles and fat redistribution. Metformin has been used safely to treat type 2 diabetes for 60 years. It works by reducing the amount of glucose released from the liver into the bloodstream and allows the body's cells to better respond to blood glucose levels. Metformin works to lower blood glucose levels, and studies have shown that this medication also helps cancer, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, and weight management....
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