What is metformin?
Metformin is a prescription drug used with diet and exercise to treat type 2 diabetes. Metformin decreases your body’s blood glucose level and increases its response to the hormone insulin to get your type 2 diabetes under control.
Nearly 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes, a condition characterized by high levels of glucose - or sugar - in the blood. If left untreated, elevated glucose levels can wreak havoc on your body, causing kidney damage, eye problems, sexual dysfunction, and more. Doctors prescribe drugs like metformin to help keep patients’ blood glucose - and their diabetes symptoms - in check.