Is Metformin Fda Approved For Weight Loss?

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Weight Loss Drugs

By the dLife Editors Americans are learning to downsize everything—except food portions. Despite efforts by the medical community and governmental and private organizations, the obesity epidemic seems to be a runaway train. And what’s keeping up with that train? The type 2 diabetes prevalence. Weight Loss Drugs Approved by the FDA Just as there’s no magic bullet for any big health problem, there’s no magic weight loss capsule. However, over the past four years, the FDA has approved four new drugs for weight loss. A recent meta-analysis of twenty-eight clinical trials involving over 28,000 participants found that each of the five FDA-approved weight loss drugs was associated with achieving at least five percent weight loss in one year, compared with participants who were given a placebo. Let’s take a look at these drugs. Orlistat Brand names: Alli (Orlistat 60 mg) and Xenical (Orlistat 120 mg) A lipase inhibitor (fat blocker), Orlistat causes less fat (30 percent of fat and calories) to be absorbed into the gut. Side effects include diarrhea from eating fatty foods when taking the medication. Xenical (Orlistat 120 mg) was approved as a prescription product by the U. S. Foo Continue reading >>

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  1. zpeishan

    Metformin & Low Carb Diet

    Hi everyone,
    I've just been confirmed by the endo today as a T2. That makes me the youngest T2 I've ever met, online or off and so, a real diabetic 'baby'!
    Anyway I was prescribed Metformin. I am to take a 500mg pill twice daily - after breakfast and after dinner.
    I'm also planning to go low-carb. That means reducing my carb intake from 30-45g of carb per meal to 15-20g (for a start, to experiment a bit with the medication too). Anyone on metformin going low carb? How do you go about doing this and how is it helping?
    Also, any advice about how to deal with breakfast would be appreciated. I read somewhere that people on metformin have some trouble maintaining their sugars after breakfast. Does anyone have the same problem, and how do you get around it? How do you deal with delayed mealtimes? I'm a college student and there is one particular day a week where I have an approximately 7 hour time gap between breakfast and lunch. Could I go low then, like I did when I was on insulin?
    How long does metformin take to have full effect on you? I know it's different for everyone, I just want a feel of how this drug works.
    Also, I just heard that if I go low-carb and exercise vigorously, I might have liver dumping and my bgs might rise. How do I counter that if it happens?
    Any other information or advice you could give me about managing T2 diabetes is much needed and appreciated!

  2. m14moe

    Hi Daena, One of our members here was told she was T2 and was being treated as a T2 when all along she was T1, she is now on insulin.
    I am on Metformin sr as the regular metformin played havoc with my stomach, always remember to take with or after food, I would take them after lunch and dinner, while metformin does not cause hypo's going without food for too long will, always have a snack between meals.
    Metformin takes between 6 to 8 wks to kick in. I was dx 8mths ago so i am still pretty new to all this stuff too, i have learned a great deal from DD.
    You will here from more experienced members soon, let us know how you get on and remember to test your bgl 2 hrs after meals. take care Moe

  3. Panda

    I would have a hard time to go 7 hours and would encourage you to have a snack in between. A bit boring but a complex carb seems to be a good snack for me, such as a few graham wafers with peanut butter. Good luck with the metformin, it works great for many people.

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