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Metformin (glucophage) For Weight Loss

After you eat, sugar goes from your intestines into your bloodstream, and then immediately into your liver. Then your liver releases sugar back into your bloodstream to cause your blood sugar level to rise. To keep blood sugar levels from rising too high, your pancreas release insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin makes you hungry all the time and causes your liver to convert extra calories to fat and it constricts arteries to cause heart attacks. You need insulin to keep blood sugar levels from rising too high to cause diabetes, nerve damage, heart attacks, strokes and kidney damage. Glucophage reduces sugar release from your liver to prevents blood sugar levels from rising too high, so your body doesn't need to produce as much insulin that makes you hungry and causes your liver to make fat (3,13,14). Glucophage lowers insulin levels (4), prevents many of the side effects of diabetes and can be used by people who want to lose weight. However, Glucophage is not effective when your blood is acidic from excess lactic acid and recent research shows that exercise, which raises lactic acid, does not cause blood acid levels to rise enough to reduce Glucophage's benefits (5). Glucophage, Continue reading >>

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  1. BeantownMatt

    Metformin and weight loss

    newbie question here...
    Recently diagnosed but not on any meds yet. The doc has mentioned first step will be Metformin. I see a few posts of people losing weight. My curious brain would like to hear success stories of people losing weight from it?
    Also, need to read more about this but does Any one have an idea of what the drug does to help lose weight? Is it the controlling of BG that helps you lose? Does it have other affects like speed up your metabolism ( just an example)?
    Matt

  2. jwags

    Metformin works in the liver and the gut. In the liver it helps stop the liver from converting stored glycogen and turning it into glucose. It also works in the gut, so you tend to feel full sooner. I have to eat very small meals on Metformin. It also causes GI distress in some people. So I think the weight loss comes from eating smaller meals. I lost around 40 pounds over 3-4 years on the max of Metformin. I also was doing very low carb diet and doing tons of exercise. I got back to my HS weight of 110-115.

  3. furball64801

    Met helps many lose weight but also many lower carb intake and walk. It really has not made me lose weight but we are all very different. What Jeanne said covers it pretty well, also when people go on a med and know they are D will make changes and those changes with walking or exercise can cause the weight loss.

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