First-Line Diabetes Drug More effective in African-Americans than Whites

June 12, 2014 7:29 PM

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Even though drugs are created specifically for certain diseases, not everyone will respond to the drugs in the same way. In a new study, researchers examined the effectiveness of a first-line diabetes drug on African-American and white patients. They found that metformin helped control African American patients' blood sugar levels more effectively than white patients' levels.

"Metformin is normally the first treatment physicians prescribe for type 2 diabetes, but the standard of care is based on clinical trials where the vast majority of participants were white," said study author, L. Keoki Williams, MD, MPH, of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. "We wanted to exam...

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