According to diabetes experts, whose views are published in the British Medical Journal this week, taking prescription drugs to prevent the disease cannot be justified as a course of action.
Becoming diabetic, and stopping its process, needs to be carried out with lifestyle changes, experts argue. Modest weight loss, physical activity, and close management are the keys to preventing diabetes, experts say.
The news follows a recent study that identified the role rosiglitazone could play in reducing diabetes risk, and the subsequent promotion of the drug as a diabetes prevention therapy.
A team of experts, led by Professor Victor Montori, reportedly concluded: “Clinical use of glitazones to prevent diabetes is, at present, impossible to justify because of unproved benefit on patient important outcomes or lasting effect on blood glucose levels, increased burden of disease labelling, serious adverse effects, increased economic burde, and availability of effective, less costly lifestyle measures.”

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