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Is it normal to be prescribed metformin & acarbose when i'm not diabetic ?

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Dr. Carol Cheney
Endocrinology 45 years experience
In prediabetes: Both of these medications have been studied in patients with "pre diabetes" - abnormal blood sugars either when they are fasting or after meals, but not in the range we would see in diabetes. Both have been shown to decrease the risk of going on the develop diabetes.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Even without: Formal diabetes, it aids in treating metabolic syndrome, caused by insulin resistisance. Metformin directly does this directly! Acarbose is an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor which blocks starch from being rapidly concerted to sugar, blunting insulin release! Both have been shown to prevent diabetes!

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