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Metformin-frailty study seeks volunteers with prediabetes

Thousands of South Texans take metformin daily to treat their type 2 diabetes and thousands more take it because they are at risk for the disease. Because of the way metformin works, researchers with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s (also known as UT Health San Antonio) Barshop Institute for Aging and Longevity Studies want to learn whether the medication might offer other health benefits in older adults and merit broader use.

San Antonio-area residents 65 and older are invited to inquire about study eligibility. The study is enrolling people who are not diabetic but have prediabetes—they are at risk for developing diabetes. Participants must otherwise be fairly healthy.

This is a two-year study with approximately 14 study visits, which will occur every 3-6 months.

Participants will be seen at UT Health San Antonio’s Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies as well as the South Texas Veterans Health Care System Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital. Volunteers need not be Veterans to participate. Compensation will be offered for the completion of this study. For more information or to volunteer, please call (210) 450-0020.

To protect your privacy, please contact the study team directly using the telephone number provided to discuss your eligibility or answer any questions you may have.