French Lilac Metformin

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Metformin, marketed under the trade name Glucophage among others, is the first-line medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes,[4][5] particularly in people who are overweight.[6] It is also used in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome.[4] Limited evidence suggests metformin may prevent the cardiovascular disease and cancer complications of diabetes.[7][8] It is not associated with weight gain.[8] It is taken by mouth.[4] Metformin is generally well tolerated.[9] Common side effects include diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain.[4] It has a low risk of causing low blood sugar.[4] High blood lactic acid level is a concern if the medication is prescribed inappropriately and in overly large doses.[10] It should not be used in those with significant liver disease or kidney problems.[4] While no clear harm comes from use during pregnancy, insulin is generally preferred for gestational diabetes.[4][11] Metformin is in the biguanide class.[4] It works by decreasing glucose production by the liver and increasing the insulin sensitivity of body tissues.[4] Metformin was discovered in 1922.[12] French physician Jean Sterne began study in humans in the 1950s.[12] It was introduced as Continue reading >>

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  1. Swarmii

    Metformin vs Goat's Rue - or maybe not - can we have it BOTH ways?

    Hi all,
    There's a lot that has been posted about Metformin (here recently). It is the only Drug I am taking at this time, and while I would like to have bragging rights to being "100% drug free" (again) - I'm also thinking that my low (1500mg / day) dosage is "ok" at least as long as I still have some "serious" pounds to lose (maybe 20 now?). Baseline thinking is something like this: for whatever exercise level I can actually sustain I can lose more pounds quicker with than without - therefore somehow the trade-off of known risk of some remaining overweightness vs unknown risks of side-effects are pretty blurry at this point
    While I am nominally "anti-drug" and my Doctor is nominally "a pill pusher" we have reversed roles now with him suggesting I go off of Metformin and me saying "well, I'll try reducing - and I did successfully from 2,000 to 1,500)
    Then tonight, just now after reading some other postings here involving "drug free" and Metformin it came back to me that Metformin was first a extract from the French Lilac (or so I remember) - so I did a "google" on "Natural Metformin" and have found all sorts of interesting links!
    There's something called Goat's Rue that seems economical (insurance won't cover of course) - so cheaper can mean more out of pocket...
    My question then, is if anybody is taking a Natural Supplement (such as Goat's Rue) in place of Metformin and if they care to elaborate on the difference.
    BTW, everything considered, I think of Metformin as the "Aspirin of Diabetes" - its tried and true for what it does and even seems to have some other overall good effects - but it is also, technically "a drug" - I don't think otherwise, as I'm sure it is being manufactured totally synthetically.
    Anybody have some thoughts and opinions on this?
    Here are a few links:

  2. Lynnw

    I've tried Goats Rue, but it didn't do anything for me. Metformin is dirt cheap; much cheaper than any supplement I've taken, and it's somewhat standardized (different generics vary a bit). If you are interested in Metformin alternatives, check out Berberine. I took Glycosolve (Berberine) for several months, but it, too, did nothing for me, and cost a lot more than Metformin. But my body is weird and unresponsive to most things I've taken, so they might work for you.

  3. Swarmii

    The thing about drugs is that they are "pure" - for better or for worse. Supplements are really, usually, a "slurry" of phytochemicals - and they change with season, with soil, and who knows what when the supply chain involves pickers, and traders, and all. I have read stories of gasoline being used to make the roots look fresh. Its a "jungle" out there
    With my situation, I guess, everything considered, some 750mg twice a day with food isn't too much for the apparent benefits such as they seem to be - some extra weight loss. The weight loss is changing my life for the better in a major way.

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