Posted by: Sue | 2019/01/29


Glucophage XR 500mg for Impaired glucose tolerance

I had a 2 hour glucose tolerance test with 75g Glucose. The results were: P-Glucose fasting 6.1 P-Glucose 2.0hr 9.1. The comment was Impaired Glucose Tolerance. My father was diabetic and one of my siblings is prediabetic. I am a little overweight but within acceptable BMI level. I am vegetarian and very rarely eat sweets, chocolates, cakes coldrinks and fruit juices. I am turning 59 in February - post menopausal. My doctor has prescribed Glucophage XR 500mg. Is it necessary to start on scheduled medication right now? Is Glucophage XR usually prescribed for impaired glucose tolerance?

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert
- 2019/01/30


Glucophage has been used to try and delay the onset of diabetes, but isn't used first line, as lifestyle changes should be made first, and then glucophage would be used if this fails, i.e glucose levels continue to rise. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed, and trials done in high risk patients have shown that by losing 4 kg's in 4 years, one can reduce their chances of getting diabetes by 58%. Most trials used a low fat, high fiber, low GI diet with exercise, but potentially a low carb diet would work as well.

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