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I am 20 years old , so can i use acarbose to lose weight ? does it may cause diabetes in the future after using it for long time ?

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Dr. John Manzella
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 47 years experience
You can try it : Studies indicate no long term benfit with Acarbose for weight loss. Transiently it will help in blocking the absorption of excess carbohydrates leading to some short term loss of weight through calorie absorption reduction.
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Diabetology 29 years experience
No: Acarbose will not significantly help with weight loss and it will not cause diabetes. A study actually showed that Acarbose may help prevent the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes and no!: May help a little with weight loss, but it has been shown scientifically to help ward off type 2 diabetes!

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