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Is it possible/safe to use acarbose to loss weight ?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Modest wt. loss!: It is a safe drug, which may cause gas. Acarbose is an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, the enzyme in your small intestine that chops up starch into sugar, almost immediately. Taking this drug before meals with starch discourages the release of insulin, which is a major cause for obesity. There are a number of reports suggesting modest weight loss, but has been shown to delay onset of type 2 dm.

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