Start metformin early when diabetes type II is first diagnosed

Initiating metformin soon after diabetes diagnosis and while A1C is low might preserve β-cell function, prolong the effectiveness of metformin, reduce lifetime glycemic burden, and prevent diabetes complications.

These findings support the current treatment algorithm for hyperglycemia management that recommends metformin initiation when diabetes is first diagnosed.

Secondary Failure of Metformin Monotherapy in Clinical Practice. Diabetes Care March 2010 vol. 33 no. 3 501-506.

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