Review Papers

August, 2015

Therapeutic challenges in diabetes prevention: We have not found the “exercise pill”

Clin Pharmacol Ther 2015;98:162-169

Srinivasan S, Florez JC

Type 2 diabetes has become an enormous public health burden, making diabetes prevention a pressing issue. While lifestyle modification is the most effective preventive strategy, it is resource-intensive and not universally sustainable. We review the evidence on pharmacological options for diabetes prevention, in search of a medication that is efficacious, easy to adhere to, well tolerated, and cost-effective. With the exception of metformin, most other drugs have either limited efficacy or costly side effects.