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The prevalence of diabetes in African-American women is 85% higher than white women, with nearly one in four AA women diagnosed. Genetics and poor lifestyle choices like a bad diet and lack of exercise are the main risk factors for diabetes. And yet despite it's prevalence in our communities, a lot of misconceptions (some down right funny) still surround the disease. Here are 10 diabetes myths we need to get real about. The prevalence of diabetes in African-American women is 85% higher than white women, with nearly one in four AA women diagnosed. Genetics and poor lifestyle choices like a bad diet and lack of exercise are the main risk factors for diabetes. And yet despite it's prevalence in our communities, a lot of misconceptions (some down right funny) still surround the disease. Here are 10 diabetes myths we need to get real about. Myth #1: Diabetes is serious and all, but it won't kill you The real deal: Think again. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS every year. Myth #2: Eating too many sweets causes diabetes The real deal: No, eating too much sugar will not cause diabetes. However, if you're rewarding yourse Continue reading >>

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  1. Dan360

    The good, the bad and the ugly of metformin

    I have been taking metformin sense the day I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. As you probably know, it is the first-line drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and I doubt that there are many of you that do not take metformin. Metformin works by suppressing glucose production by the liver. Evidence suggests metformin may prevent the cardiovascular and possibly the cancer complications of diabetes. It helps reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and is not associated with weight gain; in some people, it promotes weight loss. Metformin is one of only two oral antidiabetics in the World Health Organization Model List of Essential Medicines.
    One of my first experiences with diabetes was finding that when I worked out my glucose level would actually increase. That was very frustrating sense I was working out to lower levels of glucose. When I told my doctor she put me on a heavier dose of metformin, 1000 mg twice a day. As with most drugs the treatment of one problem often causes another. There is a whole list of side effects associated with metformin: abdominal or stomach discomfort, cough or hoarseness, decreased appetite, diarrhea, fast or shallow breathing, fever or chills, general feeling of discomfort, lower back or side pain, muscle pain or cramping and painful or difficult urination. Other problems metformin may cause which will usually diminish over time is: Acid or sour stomach, belching, bloated, excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines, full feeling, heartburn, indigestion, loss of appetite, metallic taste in the mouth, passing of gas, stomachache, stomach upset or pain and vomiting. I hope this isn’t too much information!
    My latest experience with metformin was excess air or gas in the stomach. I experienced what seem to be a swelling in my throat followed by belching or burping. I cut my dose of metformin in half and the problem went away. Have any of you experienced discomforts with metformin?

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    Let me tell you about my awful 3 year journey with metformin! I dealt with all the horrible side affects for a few years Mostly massive pain and intestinal bloating all that goes with it to the point of doctors taking out my gall bladder then on to a colonoscopy and endoscopy and then on to a stress test! All was "just fine" Finally doc said take me off the metformin since a small percentage of people cannot tolerate metformin. Well low and behold I was one of them! After about two weeks most all of the hellish discomfort disappeared! I now take 50 units of toujeo every morning feel great and found a new lease on life energy wise! I am back baby!!!! It is just a shame looking back on how long I suffered needlessly. Not to mention the metformin wasn't even bringing my sugar down anyhow. All it did was make me extremely sick!!!

  3. Scared ****less

    join the club Metformin was a nightmare too the stomach pain was terrible but lucky my dr took me them a week later

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