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Older, Cheaper Diabetes Drugs As Good As New

Print Font: Older, cheaper diabetes drugs are as safe and effective as newer ones, concludes an analysis that is good news for diabetics and may further hurt sales of Avandia, a blockbuster pill recently tied to heart problems. More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be? Rates of women who are opting for preventive mastectomies, such as Angeline Jolie, have increased by an estimated 50 percent in recent years, experts say. But many doctors are puzzled because the operation doesn't carry a 100 percent guarantee, it's major surgery -- and women have other options, from a once-a-day pill to careful monitoring. The clear winner: metformin, sold as Glucophage and generically for about $100 a year. It works as well as other diabetes pills but does not cause weight gain or too-low blood sugar, the analysis found. It also lowers LDL or bad cholesterol. “It looks to be the safest,” said Dr. Shari Bolen, a Johns Hopkins University researcher who led the review, which was published online Monday by the Annals of Internal Medicine. Consumer Reports also published a consumer guide of the results. Besides metformin, it rates glipizide and glimepiride, sold as Amaryl and Continue reading >>

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  1. ThomasJ

    The difference between pills and insulin ?

    Both as we know are used to help control diabetes but what is confusing to me sometimes is that why do some people that are type 2 take pills and some people that are type 2 take insulin ? Which one is really best to take ?

  2. furball64801

    Thomas most all of that has to do with how you and your body are adjusting to the meds. If the orals are keeping your bs with diet and exercise at acceptable range then you stick with the pills. Each diabetics pancreas is in a different state of beta cell loss, many endo believe that by the time a type 2 is dx they have lost the use of 500,000 insulin producing cells, yup thats not a misprint. If a person can control with orals then its great, many can not so then insulin is taken out of the diabetic toolbox and used, its better than losing a toe or foot or God forbid eyes like my mother.

  3. timothyw

    Each med works a little differently in order to cover the range of difference. It isn't one size fits all. Insulin is great at reducing blood glucose levels when diet, exercize, and pancreatic function are not sufficient. Metformin works well for those who can handle it and that are also dealing with reducing insulin resistance and damping down the liver dumping. One of the big things that T2 Diabetics have to deal with is insulin resistance - insulin alone won't affect it.

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