Top ten diabetes drugs compared

Fri, 27 Jul 2007
The conclusions of a study that compared the top ten diabetes drugs has revealed some surprising findings. For instance, one decade-old type 2 diabetic medication outperforms the nine other, newer medications.

Researchers at the John Hopkins University, who published their findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that drug for diabetics metformin, was just as effective at controlling blood sugar levels and didn’t necessarily cause weight gain.

The lead author of the study, Shari Bolen, reportedly commented: "Sometimes newer is not necessarily better. Issues like blood sugar levels, weight gain and cost could be significant factors to many patients struggling to stay in good health."

The study is thought to have been the largest drug comparison of this type. Metformin was the clear star of the show, both for its efficiency but also for its cost. Metformin is cheaper than newer medicines such as pioglitazone and rosiglitazone, and was also found to lower bad cholesterol.

Bolen reportedly concluded: "When you are dealing with an epidemic like diabetes, it is important for people to weigh their treatment options with their physician and to make informed decisions about which medication best suits their needs."
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