Pre-op metformin tied to better post-op outcomes in T2DM

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Prescribing metformin to type 2 diabetes patients prior to major surgery is associated with lower risk of mortality and readmission, a cohort study suggests.

Female surgeon in opeating theatre

US researchers obtained electronic health record data for adults with diabetes who underwent a major operation between 2010 and 2015 at 15 hospitals in one healthcare system in Pennsylvania.

The primary analysis included 5460 propensity-matched patients (mean age 68, 53% women), including 2730 with one or more prescriptions