Metabolism is a Key Issue for Diabetes

Tue, 23 Aug 2011
American University researchers are considering how a common medicine can assist women to lose weight and keep diabetes at bay .

Women’s health professor Susan Davis is leading a study into how Metformin affects women's health. It is a long-established drug which could have a new purpose in enabling overweight women to reset their metabolism .

Being overweight can alter your metabolism, which can make losing weight even harder, with those who are obese being more susceptible to becoming diabetic .

It is possible to help those who are considerably overweight, yet have not developed high blood sugar, to turn round their metabolism and enabled them to lose weight .

Metformin has been used for treatment of hormonal problems and diabetics, so there would appear to be no safety issues.

The researchers consider that this medication enhances healthy metabolism.

Prof Davis needs 120 non-diabetic women 35 to 65 with a body mass index 30 to 40, or a waist measurement of 88cm plus.

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