Metformin Reduces the Death Risk from COVID-19 in People with Diabetes

A new study from the U. S., published in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology, finds that the medication metformin notably reduces the risk of death from COVID-19 in people suffering from type 2 diabetes.Metformin Reduces the Death Risk from COVID-19 in People with Diabetes

A team of researchers performed a retrospective observational study, analyzing data of 25,326 people who underwent testing for COVID-19 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital between February 25 and June 22, 2020.

The analysis showed that people with diabetes tested positive who were taking metformin had an 11% risk of dying while those who were not taking metformin had a 24% risk of dying.

Study leader Prof. Anath Shalev, director of UAB’s Comprehensive Diabetes, comments: “Since similar results have now been obtained in different populations from around the world — including China, France, and a [UnitedHealth] analysis — this suggests that the observed reduction in mortality risk associated with metformin use in subjects with type 2 diabetes and COVID-19 might be generalizable.”

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