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Change Your Ways, Reduce Your Risk: 7 Tips For Preventing Diabetes

Piggybacking the obesity epidemic, diabetes rates continue to surge. On June 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new and alarming statistics on diabetes. An estimated 29 million Americans have the disease, a nearly 12 percent increase from the 26 million diabetics in 2010. One-fourth of people don’t know they have diabetes—a scary fact, given the complications of chronically high blood sugar: heart attack, stroke, sight-robbing eye disease, kidney failure, foot amputation. Worse, another 86 million adults have prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar just below the threshold for diabetes. The vast majority of cases are type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by insulin resistance, meaning cells fail to respond to insulin. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. The good news is type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. A seminal 2006 study demonstrated that intensive lifestyle modification reduced the risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent, as compared to a 31 percent risk reduction achieved with the antidiabetes drug metformin. 7 tips to help reduce your risk: Lose excess body fat. Being overweight is a big risk Continue reading >>

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  1. David

    I wouldn't count on using an anti-diabetic drug for weight loss. Your best bet is a healthy change in eating habits and regular exercise. A pill won't lose the weight for you. Sorry to sound blunt, but it would be ignorant to think otherwise.
    As far as side effects go...the most common adverse effect of metformin is gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting and increased flatulence; metformin is more commonly associated with gastrointestinal side-effects than most other anti-diabetic drugs. The most serious potential side-effect of metformin use is lactic acidosis; this complication is very rare, and the vast majority of these cases seem to be related to comorbid conditions such as impaired liver or kidney function, rather than to the metformin itself.
    Metformin has also been reported to decrease the blood levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone in patients with hypothyroidism, and, in men, lutenizing hormone and testosterone. The clinical significance of these changes is still unknown.
    You can view a detailed description of the drug by clicking on the link below...
    https://www.medschat.com/wiki/Metformin/
    If you have any more questions or comments to add, please post back so I can further assist you.

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  2. Lewis

    , diarea, fatigue, excesive sleeping and foggyness. Is this common and when should this start resolving.

  3. David

    Hi Lewis,
    Yes, those appear to be common adverse effects from Metformin. The thing with prescription drugs is that they all have side effects. They are the reason you experience such conditions and I can only say they will most likely be there until you stop taking it. I don't think your body can adapt to something that causes it any sort of trauma, and therefore you may not become more tolerant to these effects over time.
    When prescribed appropriately, metformin is noted to cause few adverse effects. That said, the dosage may be something you need to discuss more with your doctor. A smaller dose should, in turn, lead to less side effects.
    I am not a doctor; just basing my opinion on research I have done.

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