Metformin an inexpensive drug used to treat diabetes can be more effective if started within 3 months of diagnosis. This is according to a recent study.
The medication stops working eventually forcing most diabetic patients to use other medications along with it. The result is added health care costs and more side effects.
Researchers followed 1,800 people with diabetes for up to five years. The failure rates for metformin were as follows:
- Starting within the first 3 months of diagnosis- 12 % each year
- Starting within 1-2 years- 21.4 %
- Not starting until three years after- 21.9%
The sooner patients start taking metformin the longer it will remain effective.
Patients are advised to make lifestyle changes to keep their blood sugar under control; this will include self care at home to prevent complications.