People with Diabetes Type 2 often require medication to control their blood sugar. During the 94th Endocrine Society Meeting data was presented from a study that took place at the Cleveland Clinic. Patients on Glipizide, Glyburide, and Glimepiride were shown to have a higher overall mortality rate than those on Metformin. Among the group of patients with heart disease, who were followed for 2.2 years, Glipizide, was associated with a 41% increased risk for mortality and glyburide was associated with a 38% greater risk for death. Glimepiride did not show an increased mortality rate among this group. As summarized and reported in Medscape, the authors recommended that metformin be used first, and if a sulfonylurea is needed, the health care provider should recognize that not all sulfonylureas are created equal.
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