A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine evaluates the prescription of metformin for diabetes prevention and characteristics of patients that may influence the prescription. More than 17,000 adults with prediabetes were included in the retrospective cohort analysis that looked at a three-year period between 2010 and 2012. Researchers found that only 3.7% of patients were prescribed metformin. Additionally, the likelihood of being prescribed metformin doubled among women and obese patients and was 1.5 times higher for those with comorbid conditions. Metformin was seen to be rarely prescribed for prediabetic adults. Thus, the authors call for further research to identify the potential obstacles to metformin prescription in prediabetes. Are you comfortable recommending metformin to patients with prediabetes? What are some of your typical recommendations?

For more information, see Annals of Internal Medicine.

Image courtesy of [jannoon028]/