Diabetes ABCs

Diabetes ABCs: M

Metformin
By Eileen B. Wyner, NP
Bulfinch Medical Group

Metformin is an oral medication, also known as Glucophage, used for the management of Type 2 Diabetes. It is in a class of medications called biguanides and is considered the first drug of choice for diabetes management. It is usually taken in divided doses twice a day and may be used alone or in conjunction with other oral medications or insulin. Metformin’s method of action is to make the body work more efficiently to manage blood sugar. It helps the body’s response to insulin and decreases the amount of glucose that the liver produces and releases into the system

MODY (Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young)

By Eileen B. Wyner, NP
Bulfinch Medical Group

This is a rare form of diabetes that runs strongly in families and it is inherited from one of the parents. This genetic abnormality causes a disruption in insulin production. MODY usually develops before age 25. MODY can be treated with diet and medications as needed.

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