Genetics of Metformin Responses

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Genetics of Metformin responses 
What is Metformin

Metformin is a drug used for those with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body does not turn food into energy as expected. This can lead to a buildup of sugar in the blood. Metformin helps by lowering blood sugar and turning food into energy. This medication works best with a healthy diet and exercise. Not everyone responds to Metformin the same way. Side effects of metformin include: 

  • Stomach pain 
  • Muscle pain 
  • Tiredness 
  • Changes in taste 
How is the research done? 

The goal of this study is to find out if there are certain genes that can help predict how well people with type 2 diabetes will respond to metformin. Researchers use BioVU resources to study the genes of those with type 2 diabetes and who are taking metformin. They hope to find clues that predict someone’s response to the drug. These clues may show more about type 2 diabetes development. The researchers will also study medical records to see other health factors that show how the body may respond to metformin. 

What is the importance of this study? 

This research can help medical professionals find out how well someone may respond to Metformin. This can help improve treatment plans for those with diabetes.