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A 38-year-old member asked:

what is the correlation between acarbose and weight loss with pcos?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
PRECOSE!: 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.
Dr. Ward Dean
Dr. Ward Dean commented
Anti-Aging Medicine 43 years experience
Acarbose also shares--with Metformin--the ability to restore insulin receptor sensitivity. Those with PCOS tend to be insulin-resistant, which results in their tendency to gain weight.
Jan 16, 2015

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How is acarbose used and what about weight loss with pcos?

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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Dec. carb absorption: Acarbose is used in diabetes to decrease the absorption of carbohydrates. It can cause a mild weight loss which in turn decreases Insulin resistance, thereby improving pcos.

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