Is Metformin the Aspirin of the 21st Century?

During the latter half of the 20th century, a cheap, readily available drug used by millions of people as a fast-acting and reliable pain reliever began to be revealed as something more. 1-5

Little by little, studies uncovered associations between aspirin use and a lower risk of cardiovascular events (including ischemic stroke and heart attack), preeclampsia, cognitive decline, an array of cancers, and even premature mortality from all causes in a number of patient populations.

Meanwhile, a drug introduced in 1957 in France became available for the first time in the U.S., in 1995, for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. An …read more