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Why Is Metformin Considered The Drug Of Choice For Type 2 Diabetes?

Gunda Siska, PharmD, has worked in various fields within the pharmaceutical industry as a licensed pharmacist for more than 20 years. She is currently a staff hospital pharmacist assisting nurses and doctors with drug prescribing, administration, and dispensing, as well as independently monitoring and dosing highly toxic and dangerous drugs. For 2 years, she was concurrently a consultant pharmacist for skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes. Dr. Siska is a member of the New Mexico Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Follow her on Twitter @GundaSiska Metformin is a medication that I believe is underappreciated by the general public. Many people ttell me that their doctor prescribed this drug for them, but they took themselves off of it, but if they knew what I know about metformin, they would have stayed on the medication. This is what I know: metformin extends life. It’s been proven in animal studies1 and in humans. A prospective observational study of nearly 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and arteriosclerosis found that metformin use was associated with 24% lower all-cause mortality compared to patients Continue reading >>

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  1. foodie

    Dr won't prescribe Metformin

    I just got in from an appointment this morning with my doctor. I had asked for a prescription for Metformin, but she said she wouldn't prescribe until my A1c is 7 or above.
    I have tried my best to eat low carb but after 6 months, it is becoming more and more difficult. Still in that time, I have lost 27 pounds. Even with that weight loss and exercise, 15 grams of carbs at a meal sends my bg level to 150. She said that is normal and she considers that pre-diabetes.
    I'll have today's lab results back next week. If my A1c isn't up, I won't get the Metformin. Is she right?

  2. jwags

    Welcome to DD. Congratulations on the weight loss. You must be doing something right. Is that 150, 2 hrs after meals. I find that when I was first diagnosed I had to increase my protein. My best numbers come aftter I eat eggs and bacon or sausage or a BLT on sprouted bread. My morning numbers are still high ( 115 -150) I'm on 850 metformin 2 x day. The metformin makes the liver produce less glucose, sometimes. But I find I still get bg spikes throughout the day and when I don't eat enough. One thing I have found out about diabetes is nothing is ever the same. What works one day, does not work the next. Stress also causes bg to spike. In my case when I exercise my bg will jump 60 or 70 points. So its about balance. I don't have any problems with metformin but many people have stomach cramps .

  3. foodie

    The 150 is 2 hours after a meal. I just need to add that I am definitely diabetic, not pre-diabetic as my doctor said this morning. I want the Metformin because I want a dang bowl of pinto beans sometimes. Is that too much to ask?

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