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Metformin 101: Blood Sugar Levels, Weight, Side Effects

As a type 2 diabetic, you've probably heard of Metformin, or you might even be taking it yourself. Metformin (brand name “Glucophage” aka “glucose-eater”) is the most commonly prescribed medication for type 2 diabetes worldwide…and for good reason. It is one of the safest, most effective, least costly medication available with minimal, if any, side effects. There are always lots of questions around Metformin – how does metformin lower blood sugar, does metformin promote weight loss or weight gain, will it give me side effects – and lots more. Today we'll hopefully answer some of those questions. How Metformin Works Metformin belongs to a class of medications known as “Biguanides,” which lower blood glucose by decreasing the amount of sugar put out by the liver. The liver normally produces glucose throughout the day in conjunction with the pancreas’ production of insulin to maintain stable blood sugar. In many people with diabetes, both mechanisms are altered in that the pancreas puts out less insulin while the liver is unable to shut down production of excess glucose. This means your body is putting out as much as 3 times as much sugar than that of nondiabetic i Continue reading >>

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  1. Wraakian

    "I've type 2 diabetes for over 30 years & until recently only on oral medications. 2 months ago I was put on Victoza to control the increasing blood glucose levels of 18mmol/l (325mg/dl) that I now was experiencing. The diabetic nurse gave me 0.6 dose of Victoza, kept me on my daily 2000mg Metformin, took me off sitaglyptin & reduced my 320mg Gliclazide to 240mg /day. My highest blood glucose levels dropped to 13mmol/l, but when having carbs didn't go down to near 6.7mmol/l. Increasing my Victoza to 1.2 after 2 weeks proved no better, I tried 1.8 Victoza again without success. I'm back to 1.2 dose + 2000 metformin + 340mg Gliclazide. Initially I lost my appetite and felt nauseous with Victoza. What next? (UK)"

  2. Lilyall4me

    "I've been on Victoza for 5 weeks. First week at 0.6 and then 1.2. I have lost about 15 lbs. thus far. While my appetite has been curbed by the medicine, I've also made a great deal of effort to watch what I eat. While I've experienced many of the symptoms that others have (nausea, burping, tiredness) they have been mild and quite tolerable. My doctor advised me that many of the digestive issues that people experience are as a result of overeating while on the medication. I stop eating as soon as I feel full and I'm usually good. My glucose numbers have decreased enough, but that might be just because of the significant difference in my diet."

  3. MBDub

    "Just started this med 2 weeks ago. I feel awful: generally ill feeling (like a cold or flu), severe headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramping (feels like I've done a massive workout and let the muscles cool down without stretching), muscle weakness (where it's a chore to lift arms and legs...skin pain, too), trouble sleeping, I can feel my heart pounding and hear it in my ears, coughing, and I don't know what else. I have spoken to my doctor and been told this will go away, but I'm concerned. My vision wasn't great before, but seems worse now. Not sure what to do..."

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