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Combined acupuncture, metformin therapy increases insulin sensitivity in diabetes

May 4, 2016

Adults with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity randomly assigned 3 weeks of combined acupuncture and metformin lost weight and improved insulin sensitivity vs. those assigned metformin and a sham procedure, recent study findings show.

In a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study, Amir Firouzjaei, PhD, fellow in Chinese medicine at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China, analyzed data from 39 adults with type 2 diabetes and BMI of at least 25 kg/m² prescribed metformin monotherapy. Researchers assigned patients electro-acupuncture and auricular acupuncture along with their metformin therapy (n = 19; mean age, 42 years; eight men) or to sham acupuncture treatments and metformin therapy (controls; n = 20; mean age, 41 years; eight men) 10 times every other day for 3 weeks. Researchers measured homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), fasting blood glucose, fasting insulin, lipid profile, adipokines and inflammatory markers.

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