Journal article

Combined metformin and insulin therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

HH Ponssen, JW Elte, P Lehert, JP Schouten, D Bets

Clin Ther | Published : 2000


OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to assess the effects of combined treatment with insulin and metformin in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in whom dietary measures, weight control, and oral antihyperglycemic therapy had failed. BACKGROUND: Insulin resistance in peripheral tissues, increased hepatic gluconeogenesis, and impaired insulin secretion are the underlying factors in the development of type 2 diabetes. Metformin is a biguanide antihyperglycemic agent that increases peripheral insulin sensitivity, reduces hepatic gluconeogenesis, and decreases intestinal glucose absorption. METHODS: Thirty-one patients (24 women, 7 men; mean age, 61.8 years; mean body mass index [BMI], 28.0..

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