Why Are Doctors No Longer Prescribing Metformin

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My Diabetes Dr. Refused To Issue My Diabetes Prescriptions

I was diagnosed as a Diabetic several years ago. I presented with acute Pancreatitis and a blood sugar of 565. Normal for a non-diabetic is 80, and for a Diabetic normal is 100. I spent 5 days in the hospital and the doctor in question was undoubtedly one of the team who saved my life, while also being a part of the hospital and team that just about bankrupted me. Turns out that having grandparents on both sides with Diabetes, a mother with who is hypoglycemic, and a father with Diabetes put a giant target on my front. The years have passed with, thankfully, no more hospital visits, as I have been a "good" diabetic. I've kept very good track of my blood sugar, and I've presented myself to my Endocrinologist regularly for AC-1 tests, among others. AC-1 is a test which measures how much glucose is sticking to your red blood cells. It is a measure of how well you've done over the past 2 or 3 months, as blood glucose sticks to the red blood cells and stays there until the cell dies, which can take a few weeks. I've adjusted my diet, my way of cooking. I never snack, except on things guaranteed not to raise my blood-sugar much. After paying off the hospital and doctor bills, which total Continue reading >>

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    Conflicting stories about taking metformin - will it help my weight and PCOS?

    My gyno prescribed metformin 500 mg 2 x day for PCOS. He said it was an anti-diabetic but that it is also taken for PCOS. I have had a hard time managing my weight and he thought that it would help. Well I just saw a gastroenterologist for some other issues, and he said I was on a lot of medication, which I agreed, but I take them all because I need to. He asked if I had diabetes because I take metformin, and I said No, that I take it for PCOS and that I was maybe pre-diabetic because I haven't been managing my weight well. He said metformin the purpose of metformin was to utilize sugar by turning it into fat, so it was not going to help me loose weight, it would do the opposite. This thoroughly confused me. I said I was under the impression that it was to keep your sugar leveled... we started to get into a disagreement so I just said ok. Well I am really upset. I have been on it for several months. At first it made me really sick but not so much anymore. But I haven't lost any weight. I am just really confused now. Can anyone offer me their advice, experience, or opinion... it would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    The following explain in detail what your gyn is hoping to accomplish:
    Metformin, sold under the trade name Glucophage, is used to treat diabetes, but several studies show that it also helps non-diabetics to lose weight by reducing hunger (1).


  3. PU PurpleButterfies

    Thank you for all the helpful information LaurieShay. Can you please tell me the article you were referencing this information from... I would like to print it out for my gastro. I printed straight from here for me to reference what you were saying, but I'd like the article as well. Thank you so much. I think I've looked at pcossupport.org before and will check it out again. Thanks again.

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