60 years of metformin use: a glance at the past and a look to the future

60 years of metformin use: a glance at the past and a look to the future Diabetologia (2017) 60:1561–1565 DOI 10.1007/s00125-017-4343-y EDITORIAL 60 years of metformin use: a glance at the past and a look to the future Sally M. Marshall Published online: 3 August 2017 Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017 Abbreviations diabetes want medication that is effective at reducing blood DPP Diabetes Prevention Program glucose levels, easy to take, preferably has once-daily dosing, DPPOS Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study has no short- or long-term side effects, carries no risk of eGFR Estimated GFR hypoglycaemia, does not cause weight gain and is affordable GLP-1 Glucagon-like peptide-1 worldwide. In addition, the ideal drug would address the un- PCOS Polycystic ovary syndrome derlying pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes and have added SGLT2 Sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 value in terms of reducing non-glycaemic risk factors for, and UKPDS UK Prospective Diabetes Study the incidence of, micro- and macrovascular complications of diabetes. How does metformin match up to these demands? The medication is certainly an effective glucose-lowering agent, generally reducing HbA by approximately 1c This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first clinical use of 10–15 mmol/mol (1.0–1.5%) in type 2 diabetes [4]. metformin for diabetes. From small beginnings (and despite a However, we are beginning to realise that not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Diabetologia Springer Journals

60 years of metformin use: a glance at the past and a look to the future

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