Efficacy and Safety of Acarbose Treatment of Niddm
Julio Wainstein, Medinah Jedwab
Dept. of Medicine C and Diabetes Unit, Wolfson Medical Center, Holon
An uncontrolled multicenter study of the efficacy and safety of treatment of diabetes with acarbose was conducted on 169 NIDDM patients in 12 medical centers in Israel. Acarbose was administered for 19 weeks, and the patients were followed for an additional 12 weeks. A substantial decrease in HbA1c levels from 8.5% to 7.5% (p<0.001) and in postprandial serum glucose levels from 283.6 mg/dl to 248.5 mg/dl (p<0.01) was seen during treatment. On follow-up, HbA1c levels increased by 0.45% and postprandial serum glucose rebounded from 256.4 mg/dl to 287.9 mg/dl. Acarbose was shown to be effective in treating NIDDM and to be safe and well-tolerated.