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Pcos: Insulin And Metformin

Young women with PCOS often have elevated insulin levels and are more likely to develop diabetes. Metformin is a medication often prescribed for women with PCOS to help prevent diabetes. A lifestyle that includes healthy nutrition and daily exercise is the most important part of a PCOS treatment plan. What is insulin? Insulin is a hormone made by an organ in the body called the pancreas. The food you eat is broken down into simple sugar (glucose) during digestion. Glucose is absorbed into the blood after you eat. Insulin helps glucose enter the cells of the body to be used as energy. If there’s not enough insulin in the body, or if the body can’t use the insulin, sugar levels in the blood become higher. What is insulin resistance? If your body is resistant to insulin, it means you need high levels of insulin to keep your blood sugar normal. Certain medical conditions such as being overweight or having PCOS can cause insulin resistance. Insulin resistance tends to run in families. What can insulin resistance do to me? High insulin levels can cause thickening and darkening of the skin (acanthosis nigricans) on the back of the neck, axilla (under the arms), and groin area. In youn Continue reading >>

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  1. hopetogetpregnant

    Hi, just wondering if you can drink if you take met. Im not trying to get pregnant right now, I'm taking 6 months off and am on birth control. I want to go out with my girlfriends tonight and I'm sure there will be some drinking involved. Has anyone drank while taking it? If so does it make you sick? My doctor didn't say anything about the affects of alcohol. Any input would be cool. Thanks

  2. lisattcbaby

    Im not sure the medical answer but ive been on metformin over 2 years and i occasionaly drink arbor mist or winecoolers with no problem! goodluck

  3. ArmyWife1153

    "Drinking alcohol while on metformin is not recommended, though not completely banned either. One may feel the effects of the liquor sooner and become intoxicated more easily. It also increases the risks of hypoglycemia. Alcohol may work with metformin to increase blood lactate levels, increasing the risk of lactic acidosis."

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