The diagnosis: A woman is losing weight – but her diabetes is not improving


A woman has high sugar levels. Pills and losing weight don’t help either. Then experts find the reason – and it is very unsettling at first.

Recorded by Constanze Löffler

The woman in her mid-fifties had traveled to our clinic from far away. I was her last resort, she said, and began to tell the story: Two years ago, the family doctor found the then chubby woman to have high blood sugar levels and prescribed her metformin. The drug is established in the therapy of type 2 diabetes. It curbs the feeling of hunger and supports weight loss. The woman lost some weight, but her blood sugar remained high.

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