Drug Prevents Type 2 Diabetes in Majority of High-Risk Individuals
The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and seven collaborating centers, is described in the New England Journal of Medicine and has direct implications for the care of 40 million Americans who are pre-diabetic.
One Pill a Day Keeps the Diabetes Away
Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? Best part is it is true. A pill taken once a day in the morning prevented type 2 diabetes in more than 70 percent of individuals whose obesity, ethnicity and other markers put them at highest risk for the disease, U.S. scientists report.
The study involved six hundred and two participants who were considered at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Pioglitazone (the medication) is widely used as an insulin sensitizer in patients with type 2 diabetes. Now it has been used to prevent type 2 diabetes in seventy-two percent of the participants in the study.
Statement from Dr. Robert R. Henry
"The drug shows outstanding results," said Robert R. Henry, M.D., president, medicine and science, of the American Diabetes Association. "It is the most efficacious method we have studied to date to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes." A study co-investigator, Dr. Henry is professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and chief of the section of endocrinology and diabetes at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.
The medication has also proven to be effective in preventing blood vessel damage, insulin resistance, heart attacks and strokes. The doctors involved in the study hope that people will not depend on a pill to prevent type 2 diabetes but will take an active role in their own health by eating healthy and exercising regularly. Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110323183808.htm