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Metformin And Junk Food

Foods To Avoid When On Metformin

Foods To Avoid When On Metformin

Metformin is often one of the first medications prescribed to people with diabetes, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association (see reference 2 under Highlights of Revisions). It helps lower your blood sugar levels by decreasing the amount of glucose, or sugar, produced by your liver. It also helps your insulin, the hormone that gets the sugar out of your blood and into your cell, work better. (see reference 1 pg 1 under Clinical Pharmacology under Mechanism of Action para 1). While you do not need to avoid any foods when taking metformin, you may need to limit or avoid alcohol (see reference 1 pg 8 under alcohol intake.). Metformin and Alcohol If your doctor has prescribed metformin to help you get better control over your blood sugar, you should not drink an excessive amount of alcohol, including beer, wine or hard liquor (see reference 1 pg 8 under Alcohol Intake). Too much alcohol causes metformin to breakdown too much lactate, which is a by-product of glucose and amino acids, and may lead to lactic acidosis (see reference 1 pg 8 under Alcohol Intake). If you drink alcohol, it's OK to have moderate amounts while on metformin, which means up to 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men (see reference 3 pg x). But everyone is different, so be sure to talk to your doctor first to a safe amount of alcohol for you. Lactic acidosis is actually not very common when taking metformin, but it can be dangerous, and even deadly, according to the Food and Drug Administration (see reference 1 pg 15). Symptoms that warrant an immediate call to your doctor include difficulty breathing, stomach pain, diarrhea, muscle cramps, unusual sleepiness or weakness or an all-around achiness. Continue reading >>

Diabetes: Green Tea On Par With Metformin. 1-andro: 4.7kg Muscle In 4 Weeks. Epa: Increased Protein Synthesis & Autophagy In Vitro. Phthalates: How Much Is In Your Food? - Suppversity: Nutrition And Exercise Science For Everyone

Diabetes: Green Tea On Par With Metformin. 1-andro: 4.7kg Muscle In 4 Weeks. Epa: Increased Protein Synthesis & Autophagy In Vitro. Phthalates: How Much Is In Your Food? - Suppversity: Nutrition And Exercise Science For Everyone

Diabetes: Green Tea on Par With Metformin. 1-Andro: 4.7kg Muscle in 4 Weeks. EPA: Increased Protein Synthesis & Autophagy in Vitro. Phthalates: How Much is in Your Food? Believe it or not a soon-to-be published study that was sponsored by a the German LBS and presented to the public two days ago found that 1 out of 20 German kids below the age of 14 thinks about having liposuction done (figures based on LBS Kinderbarometer. 2013). 5% that's the SuppVersity Figure of the Week and it's the percentage of German kids below the age of 14 years who are thinking about getting liposuction done. I am not sure, whether I should feel sorry or enraged... not about the kids obviously who probably feel miserably in their own skin, but for the parents, the food industry and the government with their "expert" advisers whispering into their left ear and the junk food industry lobbyists who are holding a megaphone to the politicians right ear and a razor-blade to their throat. I guess, I'll settle for both, feeling sorry for the kids and being mad at the adults. But enough of this let's get to some recent science news. Let's see... oh yeah, why don't we just start out with something 15% of the German kids (this is the number of already obese kids) are probably going to need sooner or later: diabetes medication. Metformin not unique, green tea just as effective?! (Sundaram. 2013) -- I know this sounds almost like a marketing scam from some snake oil... ah, green tea vendor, but according to a soon-to-be-published paper in Phytomedicine does have almost identical effects on the glucose metabolism of diabetic (streptozotocin + high at diet = std. model of type II diabetes), as metformin does. Figure 1: Glucose and insulin levels in healthy and streptozotocin induced diabetic rodents receiv Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

Type 2 Diabetes Blog

A few years ago, my doctor mentioned to me that my blood glucose numbers were creeping up. Her words struck terror in my heart. A little background: I come from a family ravaged by diabetes. My mom had gestational diabetes while pregnant with me, and unlike most women, it never went away. I remember the little bottles of insulin (MPH-U40) and the daily needles. My mom took it in stride, but it frightened me. She experienced blindness and several amputations before dying at the age of 53. My sister became a Type I diabetic at the age of 11. While at home under my mom’s watchful eye, she was pretty healthy. But four years of partying and neglecting her health while at college resulted in kidney failure. I donated a kidney to her, but it was subsequently damaged by a staph infection. She spent the rest of her life on dialysis, and died way too early at the age of 47. My cousin Tony, had a similar experience and passed away young as well. In light of that history, the LAST thing I wanted to hear was that I was inching ever closer to the diagnosis of diabetes. I exercised, tried to keep my weight in check, but according to my physician, it was inevitable. The doctor handed me a blue prescription slip. It said “METFORMIN”. Knowing I was upset, the doctor added helpfully “It can help you lose a few pounds, too.” I shoved the blue paper into my purse and hurriedly left her office. “Hell, no.” I said to myself. “Not gonna happen.” So I never filled the prescription. More exercise and better eating was a more acceptable prescription. And because that doctor kept bugging me about taking the medicine, I changed doctors. This went on for a few years. I would exercise, and eat better. Go to the doctor who would say “ Your blood glucose is elevated, you should star Continue reading >>

3 Things You Need To Know About Metformin

3 Things You Need To Know About Metformin

September 30, 2015 by Dr. Brooke in Be Better , Eat Better , pcos 3 Things You Need To Know About Metformin Metformin is recommended by doctors for women with PCOS that want to loose weight or otherwise manage their PCOS and insulin resistance. But there are 3 very important things that you need to know about it including the fact that it's not the only option! Let me first say, I dont hate Metformin for women with PCOS . For some women it really does help spur ovulation, control blood sugar and help with some weight management but.its not without its share of issues. And its definitely not the magic bullet for weight loss although its usually presented that way. How Metformin (or its generic form: Glucophage) Works Metformin is typically given with meals throughout the day, or more commonly now the extended release version is given once with dinner or at bedtime. While only having to pop a pill one time per day is always appealing, this once a day dosing (especially at bedtime) is where I see the most problems with my patients. It lowers both fasting and post meal glucose levels by decreasing the glucose absorption in your intestines after a meal; as well as decreasing the amount of glucose your liver makes for later use. It also does help improve insulin sensitivity by increasing glucose movement into a cell. All sounds good so far right? Not so fast, here are the most common issues I see in women using Metformin: Metformin is notorious for causing sometimes severe digestive issues including stomach pain or upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and even a sense of body weakness or metallic taste in the mouth in some. And it is touted as not causing low blood sugar as many older blood sugar lowering drugs did, however I see it every day in my practice that Metformin can m Continue reading >>

Diabetes Pills Costing Just 2p Each Could Give Men's Love Lives A Lift

Diabetes Pills Costing Just 2p Each Could Give Men's Love Lives A Lift

Tablets costing just 2p each could be a new treatment for men with erection problems. New research suggests the medicine, called metformin, could boost a man's performance in the bedroom. The drug has been widely used on the NHS for many years to treat patients with type 2 diabetes. But now scientists think it may also work as an alternative to anti-impotence drugs such as Viagra or Cialis. Laboratory tests at the Georgia Health Sciences University in the U.S. show the diabetes drug boosts erectile function by relaxing blood vessels in the genital area, allowing blood to flow more freely into the penis. Although it has yet to be tested in humans, it could quickly emerge as a new treatment because it is readily available, extremely cheap and has an excellent safety record. One in ten men in the UK suffers erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. Although drugs such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra have revolutionised treatment in the last ten years, around 30 per cent of men who take them experience no improvement. For these men, the only other options are to inject drugs straight into the penis, or use a pump that manually increases blood supply to the organ. Neither is very popular. Metformin has been attracting a great deal of attention from researchers in recent years, mostly because it seems to hold promise as a potentially powerful new weapon against certain cancers, such as prostate, breast and ovarian tumours. The drug belongs to a class of medicines known as biguanides, which have been used for decades to treat type 2 diabetes - the form of the disease that normally affects obese people and those over 40. Taken twice a day, it works by reducing the amount of glucose produced by the liver and helping cells mop up sugar that is circulating in the bloodstrea Continue reading >>

Metformin? To Take Or Not To Take.

Metformin? To Take Or Not To Take.

If this is your first visit, be sure tocheck out the FAQ by clicking thelink above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages,select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. I feel blessed that I found this website. I felt so alone when I was recently diagnosed with pcos. I like many of the women I have read about was active in highschool, large build but not really overwieght. After highschool the pounds packed on and almost all of them in my abdomien! I look like I'm 8 mths pregnant...I hate it. Anyways, I was recently diagnosed. I went to the doctor because I was always tired, hungery, and my periods would never come like 6 months apart and when they finally came they wouldn't ever stop they had to be stoped by provera. He prescribed metformin 1x a day 500mg, and bcp. I'm a hypocondriac when it comes to taking pills and I have had my perscription for over 2 months to scared to take them together. I was told to take them with a meal. After reading the side affects I believe my terror increased. Does metformin make your blood sugar drop real low, and make you become hypoglycemic easily? Or, is that just with diabetics? Will it help me loose this wieght? Can I take it with a fast food burger, or can i only take it with healthy food? I'm scared if I took it with some frys then my blood sugar would drop or that it would make me sick. I know I have to change me eating habits and I plan too, but right now I only have enough money for $1 menu items at fast food joints. Basically my question is, should I expect something dramatic to happen after taking metformin, such as severe stomach pain, low blood sugar, dizzyness, anxiety, etc.? What is everyone elses experience with metformin and Continue reading >>

What Is The Best Diet For Pcos?

What Is The Best Diet For Pcos?

There is a lot of confusing and complicated information on the internet about PCOS diets. I spent the weekend writing this huge blog post to answer the most common Polycystic Ovary Syndrome nutrition questions in plain language. If you are looking for a way to start changing your nutrition now, sign up here to get my PCOS Plate sent to your inbox. The PCOS Plate is my simple guide to eating a nutritious PCOS diet, one meal at a time. Ok, so I think when most of you ask this question, you’re looking for a one-word answer like Paleo, Atkins, Ketogenic or ‘count calories.’ I’m not going to give you that type of answer! When it comes to PCOS diets, I’m agnostic. I notice that people tend to cling to trendy nutrition fads like they’ve just joined a cult. They find the typically incomplete logic of the new plan flawless and are instantly devoted to its tenets. The problem with this strict adherence is that you eventually burn out or become disillusioned when you do not see the promised results — and you quit. The End of Dieting Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome need to move away from the diet mentality and start heading toward a lifestyle. You need to gradually start eating in a way that improves your health and never stop doing so. “Yeah, ok Erika, but what’s healthy for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?” Science has not provided us with the perfect PCOS diet that will solve all of our problems, but we do know a few things for sure. Women living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome become healthier when: They eat enough protein to promote muscle growth and repair. They meet their vitamin and mineral needs by eating plenty of whole, unrefined ingredients. They eat a lower calorie diet when they need to lose weight. They reduce their intake of refined, hig Continue reading >>

Effects Of Metformin On The Gut Microbiome

Effects Of Metformin On The Gut Microbiome

Collection of health news, health articles and useful medical information you can use in everyday life. Effects Of Metformin On The Gut Microbiome By Ray Schilling | Alzheimers disease , Anti-aging medicine , autoimmune disease , blood brain barrier , Cardiovascular disease , fiber , Gastrointestinal Disease , heart attack , High Blood Pressure , Inflammation , Multiple sclerosis , Nutrition , Obesity , Parkinsons disease , Stroke , telomeres , Weight loss Matthew Andry, MD talked about the effects of metformin on the gut microbiome. This talk was delivered at the 24th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine. The congress took place from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2016 in Las Vegas. A lot of the sessions that I attended dealt with the gut flora and how it affects our health. This talk belongs to the theme of what a healthy gut microbiome can do for us. Dr. Andry is a clinical associate professor of the Indiana School Of Medicine. He pointed out that metformin has been used for a long time for type 2 diabetes, particularly, if fasting insulin levels are high. Metformin is a biguanide, which was isolated from French lilac (also known as Goats Rue). In the middle ages this herb was used to treat thirst and urination. In retrospect we recognize these as symptoms of diabetes. Chemists were able to synthesize the active ingredient in this herb in the 1920s. Since then it is known as metformin. Dr. Jean Stern was able to show in the 1950s in clinical studies that Glucophage, the brand name of metformin was able to reduce blood sugar without raising insulin levels. Between 1977 and 1997 metformin enjoyed wide spread acceptance for treating diabetics. Several clinical investigators demonstrated that diabetic patients on metformin lived longer and had less heart attacks than patien Continue reading >>

The Power Of Numbers

The Power Of Numbers

A disaster can be considered many different things to different people. For some it could mean developing type 2 diabetes rather than preventing or delaying it. If you watch our expert video series you will hear our Publisher ask many of our experts, “Whether or not you have diabetes, what would you like your A1C to be?” As our expert, Dr. Karl Nadolsky said, he’d like his to be in the normal range, ~ 5%. This is not unusual for us as health care providers to want and work towards a normal A1C, that is, depending on age, and risk for complications of hypoglycemia. Woman, prediabetes, A1C 5.8%, HO obesity, breast cancer, gestational diabetes. FH-Mother had type 2 diabetes and obesity. Patient is taking 1,000mg twice daily of metformin (off label because no medication has yet been approved for prediabetes). She visited her PCP who told her her glucose is normal-she need not be concerned. She asked me if she should stop her metformin. I reviewed and sent her the diagnostic criteria for prediabetes and diabetes, as well informed her that metformin, along with a healthy lifestyle (she is following a low glycemic meal plan with regular exercise including strength training) has shown to help her weight, decrease her risk for diabetes and possibly reoccurrence of breast cancer, but since it’s off label that’s up to her. I also informed her that I think if she weren’t taking the metformin, I would not be surprised if her glucose levels would be in the diabetes range. She did her homework-read what I sent her and decided to stay on the metformin. We’ve also since discussed using another medication to help lower her glucose without causing weight gain or hypoglycemia to help her A1C get into a normal range. Lessons Learned: Always teach numbers- the power of numbers Continue reading >>

Junk Food Had No Effect

Junk Food Had No Effect

1/2 a McChicken, 1/2 a double filet o fish and 1/2 a med fry and I was; 5.8 (104) before, 5.9 (106)one hour after, 7.0 (126) 90 minutes after, and 6.2 (112) 2 hours after. McFlurry and chicken strips - I was 4.7 (85) before, 7.4 (133)1/2 hr after, 5.9 (106) an hour after, and 6.0 (108)2 hours after. Before-meal normal sugars are 7099 mg/dl. Postprandial sugars taken two hours after meals should be less than 140 mg/dl. So I'm testing in the normal, non diabetic ranges, down 1 Met pill - eating junk food. Tests concluded...going to go back to normal next week...normal with some changes to make sure I don't get too low again. I doubt I really need to continue taking medicine to lower my blood sugars. I'm pretty convinced my diabetes is in remission. Around those meals I've eating like a champ. Steel cut oats with chia and flax, blueberries for breakfast, fresh salmon and black bean salad for lunch... Around those meals I've eating like a champ. Steel cut oats with chia and flax, blueberries for breakfast, fresh salmon and black bean salad for lunch... i don't understand what you are trying to do? Or prove. Are you trying to convince your self your diabetics has gone away? Eating like a champ with oats and grains may have contributed to my dx. "I doubt I really need to continue taking medicine to lower my blood sugars. I'm pretty convinced my diabetes is in remission." tncm, you are still taking 2 x 500 mg metformin and 100 mg Januvia per day. Your experiments thus far have demonstrated that your medications are working. That's good. But that does NOT mean that you are in remission! Nor does it mean that it's smart for you to fool around with junk food. I suggest that you settle upon a limited carb diet that you can live with long term and try to gradually decrease your me Continue reading >>

Glucophage: Side Effects, Reviews By Patients - Askapatient.com

Glucophage: Side Effects, Reviews By Patients - Askapatient.com

Severe, unpredictable diarrhea...even on the ER form. Persistent and unusual taste/odor...not a foul smell...just odd. I was literally living on Imodium (up to 4 a day) when I was taking this medication. It didn't matter what I ate, when I ate, or how much/little I ate...the diarrhea was awful. The only other side effect I had was a constant weird taste/smell in my mouth/nose that was reminiscent of a cross between freshly sawed wood and yeast bread. As soon as I stopped Metformin, this resolved within 2 days....and it returned within 1 day after a trial of restarting Metformin just to see what would happen. The diarrhea resolved within 2 days of stopping Metformin. The only side effect I've had is diarrhea, only on the first day of taking it. I see so many horror stories about this medicine. If you do not want to get violently ill, you have to eat right! This medicine does not tolerate carbs, so every meal has to be limited to a small amount of good carbs (i.e no white carbs). If you eat something bad, it's going to come out in the form of horrible diarrhea and nausea. Take the pill in the middle of your meal to avoid side effects as well. My period arrived in the first 2 days of taking it, I've lost 4 pounds, and my face is clear. I feel much better already! I was diagnost with PCOS about 15 years ago. I was using BCP and didn't have a period for about 10 yrs. Went off BCP to try to have a baby, and nothing happened for about 2 yrs. Doc put me on Met to help with ovulation and such. I had sporatic periods, and then just didn't monitor them. I went in for an exray and was asked if I possibly could be pregnant. I said "anything is possible". Nurse came in and told me I was! Turned out I was 3 months along :) That was 4 yrs ago, and our baby boy is 3 yrs old and healthy Continue reading >>

Why Did I Eat Junk On Metformin?

Why Did I Eat Junk On Metformin?

That stinks I am sorry that you feel like crap. GL S/A 19 million, 48 motility, 1 morphology clomid 50mg + #1 IUI + trigger 6/9/12 BFN 6/18/12 Clomid 150mg +#2 IUI + trigger: 7/9/2012 BFN 7/18/2012 stage 1: endo removed 8/14/12 Letrozole 2.5mg+estrogen=cycle cancelled for little to no response Follistim 75 (10/15-10/19) follistim 67 (10/20-10/21) cycle cancelled due to over response 9 follies and very thin lining I can tolerate most things as long as I don't overdo it too much in a day, but Zaxby's always tears my stomach up. I don't even understand why because other fast food or fried foods don't upset me like that, but I don't think I'll ever eat Zaxby's again. After 2 years of trying with PCOS, 7 rounds of Clomid/Femara, and 2 early miscarriages, we finally found success. Due on April 24, 2013! Beta 1 (16 dpo): 477, Beta 2 (19 dpo): 1568, Beta 3 (21 dpo): 3560Aug 24 - 5w ultrasound - 1 8mm gestational sacAug 31 - 6w ultrasound - 1 empty 15 mm gestational sac - possible blighted ovum - Beta 41,716Sept 7 - 7w ultrasound - 2 sacs, heart beats, and fetal poles - TWINS!!Baby A measuring 6w4d, Baby B measuring 6w6d Since being on met I completely lost interest in all food. Continue reading >>

Metformin..sneaky Little Med!!

Metformin..sneaky Little Med!!

Friend Diagnosed with type two on July 5th, 2006 I think that I am figuring out this medicine..and how it's affecting people...well, sort of anyhow..and I know that it must affect others differently... I just started to take it..and WHOA!!!! I have taken it twice so far..and I have noticed that each time that I took it, I got super sleepy right off the bat..and I have a bad headache! I think that because I ate too much(I read the side affects which do NOT include getting sleepy, but, I also read the good effects which DO include losing weight!!) that when I ate too much it DEFINITELY stops you from eating too much!! AHA!!! I would NOT be able to eat or binge on foods that I love any longer!! No wonder my doctors got after me!!! I had been gaining weight..because I DO tend to over do the food amounts..and NO, before you ask..I USED TO count out my carbs.!!.NOW,.I think that I am going to have to start all over again...(bummer..and it was sooo much fun before! !Shoot!!) but, I "knew" better..I did the wrong thing!! My body will be doing the "right thing" after my working on eating a LOT less!!! I don't like eating and then, suddenly conking out!! This is baaaaaaad!!! What if I were trying to eat and drive at the same time..?!!! What abad deciscion!!! WOW!!(I have not done this..but, I am just merely mentioning this because "what if!!!? Know what I am saying here? I just didn't and don't yet have good control over my sugars yet..I had a strong feeling that I was eating way over my head..in fact, when I started to eat..and was fresh from the hospital after getting diagnosed...I was on a "food schedule" as well as a 1200 calorie diet..and UGH! I hated it ..so much so, that a good part of me did NOT want to live anylonger! I can totally understand the depression!!! YOu have Continue reading >>

Does Metformin Cause Weight Loss? What To Know Before You Take It

Does Metformin Cause Weight Loss? What To Know Before You Take It

If you’re managing type 2 diabetes with metformin (Glucophage), you might be well acquainted with unwanted side effects of this drug — namely, upset stomach, diarrhea, muscle aches, and sleepiness. These can be a figurative and literal pain, but you might welcome one side effect of metformin with open arms, particularly if you’ve struggled to lose weight. Metformin isn’t a weight loss drug, but researchers have found a link between the drug and weight loss. In fact, a long-term study published in April 2012 in the journal Diabetes Care that was conducted by the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) concluded that the drug could serve as a treatment for excess body weight, although more studies are needed. What Is Metformin and How Does It Work? “[Metformin] has been considered a first-line medication in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and it mainly acts by lowering the amount of glucose released by the liver,” says Minisha Sood, MD, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “It also helps a hormone called insulin to work better by helping muscles use glucose in a more efficient manner. When insulin works better (and insulin sensitivity improves), a person’s insulin levels are lower than they would be otherwise.” There’s no cure for type 2 diabetes, but the right combination of medication and healthy lifestyle can stabilize blood sugar levels, which, of course, is the end goal of any diabetes treatment. As the medication helps your body properly metabolize food and restores your ability to respond to insulin, you’ll not only feel better, you can potentially avoid complications of high blood sugar, such as heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), and eye damage (retinopathy). Why Does Metformin Cause Weight Lo Continue reading >>

Addition Of Metformin To A Lifestyle Modification Program In Adolescent With Insulin Resistance

Addition Of Metformin To A Lifestyle Modification Program In Adolescent With Insulin Resistance

ADDITION OF METFORMIN TO A LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION PROGRAM IN ADOLESCENT WITH INSULIN RESISTANCE Kathy Love-Osborne , MD, principal investigator and corresponding author Assistant Professor, Director, Jeanelle Sheeder , MSPH, and Phil Zeitler , MD, PhD, Associate Professor Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver CO Eastside Teen Clinic, Denver Health and Hospitals, 501 28th St. Denver, CO 80205, Office: (303) 436-4688. Fax: (303) 436-4665., Email: [email protected] Division of Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics and Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver CO Kathy Love-Osborne, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver CO; Eastside Teen Clinic, Denver Health and Hospitals, 501 28th St. Denver, CO 80205, Office: (303) 436-4688. Fax: (303) 436-4665., Email: [email protected] ; The publisher's final edited version of this article is available at J Pediatr See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. To evaluate whether metformin, when added to a program of personal goal setting, improves weight loss and clinical status in obese adolescents. In a randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial, 85 adolescents with insulin-resistance were randomized to receive metformin (70%) or placebo (30%), along with monthly goal setting for diet and exercise modification. Anthropometric measures, fasting blood analysis, and glucose tolerance tests were performed at baseline and 6 months. Mean age was 15.7 years. Mean body mass index (BMI) was 39.7 kg/m2. 71% were female, 58% Hispanic, and 34% African-Ame Continue reading >>

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