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Metformin For Pcos & Weight Loss

Metformin For Pcos & Weight Loss

Metformin is used for diabetes prevention in women with PCOS.Photo Credit: milosducati/iStock/Getty Images April Khan is a medical journalist who began writing in 2005. She has contributed to publications such as "BBC Focus." In 2012, Khan received her Doctor of Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She also holds an Associate of Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas and a Master of Science in international health from University College London. Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition caused by an over-production of the luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland. This over-production causes a hormonal imbalance in estrogen, progesterone and insulin. This results in symptoms such as facial hair growth, weight gain, infertility, ovarian cysts and type 2 diabetes. Although some women dont show these symptoms initially, their physicians may prescribe metformin as a way to prevent diabetes and some may prescribe this medication to treat symptoms of PCOS and aid in weight loss. Metformin is a medication that is usually used to treat type 2 diabetes. Metformin works by controlling the level of glucose in the blood, by minimizing the amount of glucose your blood absorbs from food and the amount your liver produces. Women with PCOS have an increased level of insulin, which puts these women at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. This risk is increased if a woman with this condition becomes overweight or obese. Women with PCOS may gain weight easily due to the increased insulin level and may also find it very difficult to lose this weight. For this reason, women are usually told to go on a low-glycemic index diet, which shuns foods that cause spikes in blood insulin after consuming them. In addition to dieta Continue reading >>

The Truth About Metformin And Weight Loss

The Truth About Metformin And Weight Loss

The Truth About Metformin And Weight Loss The Truth About Metformin And Weight Loss Did you know that metformin and weight loss are closely related? I will explain what metformin is and what its side effects might be. I will also answer the million dollar question, can it help people lose weight? Almost a hundred years ago it was discovered that meformin reduces blood sugar levels , although it wasn’t until the last few decades that it really became popular in treating patients suffering from diabetes . Metformin is now the best and most popular drug in the world for treating type 2 diabetes, especially for obese and overweight persons with normally functioning kidneys. It is sold under many different trade names – including Glucophage, Carbophage and Gluformin – and it is orally administered either as tablets or in the form of liquid. Tablets are available in three different versions: SR and XR were developed to milden side effects while maintaining the effectiveness of the IR. The tablets are for sale in different strengths, from 500 mg to 1000 mg , and they consist of metformin hydrochloride (also called metformin HCl). The short explanation of how this drug works is this: Metformin hydrochloride reduces the liver’s production of glucose (by roughly a third), which then lowers the level of blood sugar in the body. A longer explanation would also include metformin’s ability to decrease the oxidation of fatty acids, increase insulin sensitivity which will make you feel less hungry, as well as several other positive effects. It would really take an entire article (or even more) to describe all the different aspects of how it works. I just prefer to think of it as a lowered glucose production in the liver. Time for the million dollar question. Can treatm Continue reading >>

Is It Safe To Take Supplements If You Have Diabetes?

Is It Safe To Take Supplements If You Have Diabetes?

You will find supplements for anything and everything these days. Even when you do not suffer from an ailment, supplements are suggested to keep you healthy and ailment-free. According to CDC, use of supplements is common among US adult population – over 50% adults used supplements during 2003-2006, with multivitamins/multiminerals being the most commonly used. So when you are a diabetic, especially if you have prediabetes and type-2 diabetes, you may find yourself confronting a large number of options for supplements that claim to support, reduce and even cure your diabetes. Diabetes is quite a frustrating disorder and you may find yourself tempted to try out these supplements one after another. But is it really safe to take supplements when you are a diabetic? Let us find out. But before that you need to understand what exactly supplements are. Defining Supplements As the name suggests, a supplement is anything that adds on to something. A dietary supplement is therefore something that one takes in addition to one’s diet to get proper nutrition. US Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act defines dietary supplements as having the following characteristics: It is a product that is intended to supplement the diet; It contains one or more dietary ingredients (including vitamins, minerals, herbs and other botanicals, amino acids, and other substances) or their constituents; It is intended to be taken by mouth as a pill, capsule, tablet, or liquid; It is not represented for use as a conventional food or as sole item of a mean or a diet; and, It is labeled on the front panel as being a dietary supplement. Now let us look at some general benefits and risks of taking supplements. We will discuss these in context of diabetes later in the article. Benefit Continue reading >>

Achieve Medical Weight Loss Medication

Achieve Medical Weight Loss Medication

The vitamin cocktail included in the B12 and Lipotropic shots are compounds that enhance liver function and increase the flow of fats and bile from the liver and gallbladder. By definition, a lipotropic substance decreases the deposit, or speeds up the removal of fat within the liver. The key ingredients used to make these shots are Choline, Methionine, Inositol, and Vitamin B12. Lipotropics are essential for the health of your liver. The liver is an organ responsible for removing fat and toxins from your body, so when it's healthier, it will work better for you. Vitamin B12 gives you a huge energy boost, which helps you to burn calories. Vitamin B12 is essential for helping to form new, healthy cells in the body. It also boosts energy, helping to increase activity levels. Choline supports the health of the liver in its processing and excretion of chemical waste products within the body. Moreover, it is required for the transport and metabolism of fats and cholesterol within the body, which is important for the healthy support of the endocrine, cardiovascular and hepatic systems. It is a component of the Vitamin B complex. Methionine is one of the sulfur-containing amino acids and is important for many bodily functions. It acts as a lipotropic agent to prevent excess fat buildup in the liver and the body, is helpful in relieving or preventing fatigue and may be useful in some cases of allergy because it reduces histamine release. Inositol, a nutrient belonging to the B vitamin complex, is closely associated with choline. It aids in the metabolism of fats and helps reduce blood cholesterol. Inositol participates in the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to control mood and appetite. * If you have sulfa allergies you cannot take the Lipo/B12 cocktail. * INJECT Continue reading >>

Side Effects Of Metformin: What You Should Know

Side Effects Of Metformin: What You Should Know

Metformin is a prescription drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. It belongs to a class of medications called biguanides. People with type 2 diabetes have blood sugar (glucose) levels that rise higher than normal. Metformin doesn’t cure diabetes. Instead, it helps lower your blood sugar levels to a safe range. Metformin needs to be taken long-term. This may make you wonder what side effects it can cause. Metformin can cause mild and serious side effects, which are the same in men and women. Here’s what you need to know about these side effects and when you should call your doctor. Find out: Can metformin be used to treat type 1 diabetes? » Metformin causes some common side effects. These can occur when you first start taking metformin, but usually go away over time. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or cause a problem for you. The more common side effects of metformin include: heartburn stomach pain nausea or vomiting bloating gas diarrhea constipation weight loss headache unpleasant metallic taste in mouth Lactic acidosis The most serious side effect metformin can cause is lactic acidosis. In fact, metformin has a boxed warning about this risk. A boxed warning is the most severe warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lactic acidosis is a rare but serious problem that can occur due to a buildup of metformin in your body. It’s a medical emergency that must be treated right away in the hospital. See Precautions for factors that raise your risk of lactic acidosis. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of lactic acidosis. If you have trouble breathing, call 911 right away or go to the nearest emergency room. extreme tiredness weakness decreased appetite nausea vomiting trouble breathing dizziness lighthea Continue reading >>

Long-term Metformin Use Linked With Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Long-term Metformin Use Linked With Vitamin B12 Deficiency

With commentary by Jill Crandall, MD, professor of clinical medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Long-term use of the popular diabetes drug metformin is linked with vitamin B12 deficiency and anemia, according to new research that solidifies some previous research. "We have essentially confirmed what many smaller studies have suggested," says Jill Crandall, MD, professor of clinical medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Bronx, who led the new study. "There is a small but significant risk of developing Vitamin B12 deficiency when people take metformin." The finding, she adds, ''has implications for the consequences of B12 deficiency." These can include cognitive impairment, nerve problems (neuropathy) and anemia (low red blood cell count). B12 is crucial for the proper formation of red blood cells, for neurological functioning and for making DNA. The link between taking the popular diabetes drug and deficiencies in vitamin B12 has been discussed as long ago as 1969, according to Dr. Crandall. However, few studies have looked at long term use, as her new study has done, tracking people for up to 13 years. The new study was published online Feb. 22 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Overview of the Metformin Study The researchers evaluated more than 2,000 men and women enrolled in the Diabetes Prevention Program and the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. In these studies, researchers enrolled overweight people who had prediabetes (blood sugar levels higher than normal but not high enough to be termed diabetes) to see if modest weight loss or treatment with metformin could prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, then followed them to see if the effects endured. Half of the participants were given 850 Continue reading >>

Metformin And Vitamin D??? Help

Metformin And Vitamin D??? Help

This is an old thread - I didn't even realize that there might be a connection. My vitamin D levels have been low for a few years, along with iron and vitamin B12. I've been thinking it was related to my gluten intolerance but maybe the metformin made it worse. I recently stopped taking the metformin because of abdominal pain. This will be my first round of 50,000 vitamin D without the metformin. The highest my levels have tested is 31 and then it dropped back down to 16. Fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, joint pain, light sensitivity, recurrent sinus infections, leg pain (from the iron I think), and trouble losing weight. These are what I have been dealing with I hope we both start feeling better soon. I used saw palmetto few years back for few months and then stopped but side effects never left me. My vitamin D is very low and despite taking 8000 IU/day I don't feel better. I have fatigue, muscle loss, nausea and sexual side effects. Daily life is very difficult now. I read here some people are having low vitmain D after Metformin. Are they feeling as awful as I am feeling? I used saw palmetto few years back for few months and then stopped but side effects never left me. My vitamin D is very low and despite taking 8000 IU/day I don't feel better. I have fatigue, muscle loss, nausea and sexual side effects. Daily life is very difficult now. I read here some people are having low vitmain D after Metformin. I want to know are your side effects are as bad as mine? My levels were 13 this winter, so I had to increase to the 50,000IU twice a week, plus 2000mg everyday. It really helped my mood as well. mine went from 20.4 in january to 24 in march i am also taking 50000 iu vitamin d once a week, i take d3 4000 iu once a day and am drinking milk, oj with added vitamin d and g Continue reading >>

Weight Loss Archives - Dr. Westin Childs | Your #1 Resource For Weight Loss & Thyroid Management

Weight Loss Archives - Dr. Westin Childs | Your #1 Resource For Weight Loss & Thyroid Management

Advanced Victoza Dosing Guide (& More) for Weight Loss & Insulin/Leptin Resistance This guide is part 1 in a series I am writing about how to properly and effectively use weight loss medications (including dosing, duration of therapy and titration). This post is primarily designed for those who have an understanding of Victoza (the medication) and understand generally how it is used for weight loss and in this way is different from many of my blog posts. In this guide I will discuss some considerations on how to use Victoza, how long therapy is, how to increase dosing and other benefits of using it for Weight loss. How to Use Wellbutrin For Weight Loss & Who Should Use it No doubt most of you have at least heard about Wellbutrin. Most of you are probably familiar with its use as an anti-depressant, but did you know that it can also help with weight loss? Or that it is actually compounded with another medication ( naltrexone ) and is part of one of the most popular weight loss medications currently available? The answer to that is probably not, which is why we are going to discuss using wellbutrin for weight loss here. Let's dig into how Wellbutrin helps with weight loss and determine if it's right for you (because it certainly doesn't work for everyone)... 7 Symptoms of Not Eating Enough Calories & 4 Step Treatment Guide Did you know that not eating enough calories may be limiting your ability to lose weight? Caloric restriction causes a cascade of hormone imbalances that lead to a condition known as weight loss resistance. Contrary to conventional wisdom you must eat ENOUGH calories if you want to lose weight. Luckily, there are several signs and symptoms to help you figure out if you are indeed eating enough calories. Use this symptoms guide to help you determine if Continue reading >>

How To Lose Weight With Pcos

How To Lose Weight With Pcos

Lisa lost 125lbs. despite having PCOS The Facts: Insulin resistance is the main reason why its more challenging for you to lose weight with PCOS. About 80% of the women with PCOS have insulin resistance but if you're overweight chances are you already have an insulin resistance. It's tougher for you to lose weight with PCOS because the insulin resistance increases your hunger & cravings making you eat too much so… The Best Way to Lose Weight with PCOS is to… Get rid of or lower your insulin resistance so you can lose weight normally just like everyone else and there's 8 simple ways you can get rid of insulin resistance… 1. Eat Right Eat more weight loss foods while avoiding the sugary, salty & fatty foods you love as much as possible. Eat more protein by making at least 30% of your diet protein while making carbs less than 50% of your diet. Use this tool to determine the right amount of protein, carbs & fats in your diet. Tip: Eat more foods high in resistant starch like Navy beans, bananas & potatoes because resistant starch lowered insulin resistance or improved insulin sensitivity in overweight people by over 50% when taking only 15 grams of resistant starch per day! 2. Exercise Follow these 10 rules to lose weight faster while exercising. Beginners: Do low-to-moderate activities like walking or swimming for 30-to-90 minutes per day. Exercise has been shown to lower or get rid of insulin resistance. The more overweight you are = the more likely you are to be insulin resistant whether you have PCOS or not. You can get rid of insulin resistance by going on any of these weight loss plans to lose weight by eating right & exercising. Losing just 5% of your bodyweight (which is only 5-to-20 pounds depending on how much you weigh) will help lower your insulin resistan Continue reading >>

Metformin And Risk For Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Metformin And Risk For Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Metformin (brand names Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Fortamet, Riomet, Glumetza, and others) is a popular and highly effective oral diabetes drug used to help manage Type 2 diabetes. This drug works by lowering the amount of glucose made by the liver and by making the body’s cells more sensitive to insulin. Metformin also has some other beneficial effects in that it may help lower blood lipid, or fat, levels (cholesterol and triglycerides) and can, in some people, promote a small amount of weight loss. Metformin can be used with other diabetes pills and with insulin. Side effects of taking metformin are relatively rare, the most common being bloating, nausea, and diarrhea, all of which are temporary. Some people shouldn’t take metformin, including people with kidney disease, liver disease, or congestive heart failure, for example, because of an increased risk of a potentially fatal condition called lactic acidosis. In recent years, there’s been some concern over the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency in people who take metformin. Vitamin B12 (also known as cyanocobalamin or cobalamin) plays many important roles in the body, such as keeping your blood cells and nervous system in tip top shape. There’s also some evidence that vitamin B12 may help prevent heart disease and possibly even Alzheimer disease (the jury is still out on this one). This vitamin is found primarily in animal foods, such as beef, seafood, eggs, and dairy products, which is why some vegetarians are at risk for a B12 deficiency. Elderly people are often at risk for deficiency as well, due to problems with absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms of B12 deficiency include certain types of anemia, neuropathy, memory loss, confusion, and even dementia. So, why would taking metformin possibly Continue reading >>

Metformin, Weight Loss & Pcos – Does It Actually Work?

Metformin, Weight Loss & Pcos – Does It Actually Work?

Did you know that one of the main reasons you can't lose weight with PCOS is because of your hormones? It's true, and that's why many women (and physicians) turn to using Metformin to try and help with weight loss. But just because it works for some people doesn't mean it will necessarily work for YOU. Find out why metformin helps with weight loss, but more important what works better and how to finally lose weight if you have PCOS. ​ Insulin & PCOS: Why It's so Important One of the most common medications prescribed for PCOS is metformin. But, PCOS is a hormonal condition which results in weight gain, hair growth on the face, infertility, acne and estrogen/progesterone imbalances. So why is metformin, a medication used to lower blood sugar and treat insulin resistance, used to treat estrogen/progesterone imbalances in women? The logic is quite simple: Most of the symptoms of PCOS (all those listed above) stem from insulin resistanc e! In fact many physicians recommend that ALL women with PCOS should be treated for insulin resistance regardless of what their fasting insulin and fasting blood sugar levels are. This means that the root cause of PCOS (at least the majority of it) is insulin resistance, and this is why metformin is so commonly used to treat. Insulin resistance causes a block of glucose uptake in your skeletal muscles which results in a lower metabolism (and weight gain), insulin also directly acts on your ovaries and adrenals increasing androgens like testosterone and DHEA. It's also the action of insulin on your pituitary that results in increased LH production which over stimulates your ovaries resulting in the characteristic "cysts" of PCOS. ​ High levels of DHEA and testosterone lead to acne and hair growth (hirsutism). ​ But one simple question r Continue reading >>

Vitamin D And Calcium: A Must For Your Pcos Diet

Vitamin D And Calcium: A Must For Your Pcos Diet

Vitamin D and Calcium: A Must for your PCOS Diet We all need a little bit of sunshine in our lives, not just because it makes us feel so much better and puts a spring in our step. Exposure to the sun helps our bodies make Vitamin D, a much-needed vitamin in any PCOS Diet. Vitamin D is important for insulin resistance, breast health, mood and weight loss. And heres the kicker: most women with PCOS are deficient in Vitamin D (83% to be exact). So, whats the deal with calcium? Well, Vitamin D is needed for Calcium to absorbed by the body so if your Vitamin D levels are low, chances are youre also in need of a Calcium boost. Calcium is also important in follicle maturation and egg development. In a recent study, 100 women with PCOS were divided into two groups. The first group was given Metformin only, while the second group was given Metformin and Vitamin D and Calcium supplements. After 6 months, the women in the second group had lost more weight, had more regular menstrual cycles, more mature follicles and an improvement in male hormone levels in their blood stream. The researchers do say that the differences between the two groups were not big enough to be statistically important. But I bet they made a HUGE difference to the women in group 2! Id love more mature follicles to improve my fertility and help with losing weight! So, I have started on Vitamin D and Calcium supplements and I think its worth thinking about for you too! If youre already taking Vitamin D and Calcium, Id love to hear how its helped and if youve noticed any changes. Please leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts! Continue reading >>

Vitamin D And Diabetes

Vitamin D And Diabetes

Tweet Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a number of important roles in the body, including maintaining the health of your bones, teeth and joints, and assisting immune system function. This underrated vitamin is found in certain foods but is also produced by the body in response to exposure to the sun. When the sun’s ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays are exposed to bare skin, the body converts a cholesterol derivative into Vitamin D. In fact, it’s now known that every cell and tissue within the body has a Vitamin D protein receptor. However, most of us in the UK and other Western countries are deficient in Vitamin D, including many patients with Type 2 diabetes, due to limited sunlight exposure caused by a number of factors, including more time spent at home, in the office or the car, shorter days in winter, sunscreen use in summer and fears of skin cancer. Vitamin D deficiency The signs of Vitamin D deficiency can range from bone pain and muscle weakness to depression and weakened immune system, while longer-term deficiency can result in obesity, high blood pressure, psoriasis, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Exposing your skin to the sun for 15-20 minutes each day can help increase your body’s own production of vitamin D and thus reduce your risk of diabetes and other serious medical conditions. Alternatively, you can get your daily intake of vitamin D through dietary supplements and foods such as nuts, oily fish, eggs, powdered milk and some fortified cereals. Effects on diabetes Vitamin D is believed to help improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin – the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels – and thus reduce the risk of insulin resistance, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes Continue reading >>

Metformin Isnt Good Choice For Weight Loss

Metformin Isnt Good Choice For Weight Loss

Metformin isn’t good choice for weight loss Published: Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 12:05am Updated: Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 10:01pm .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Q: A few years ago, I was plagued with insomnia. I was exhausted, anxious and barely functional, but never sleepy. Only sleeping pills knocked me out, but I hated the side effects. I read about vitamin D in your column. At my next doctor visit, I asked to have my level tested, and it was low: 17. My doctor prescribed 50,000 IU weekly, and as the level came up, lo and behold, I gradually started sleeping again. I know my story is not proof, but I don’t take any other drugs or supplements, and wasn’t using sleeping pills due to disturbing dreams. My theory is that more vitamin D somehow helps anxiety, allowing sleep. I sleep well most nights now; the difference is night and day. A: Low levels of vitamin D can result in sleeping problems along with depression, muscle pain, weight gain, lack of energy and digestive difficulties. We are delighted that you found the solution for your insomnia. More doctors are starting to test their patients for vitamin D, but there is a lot of confusion regarding the test results and how to bring low levels up. We explain the test, the supplements and the ABCs of boosting your D levels in our Guide to Vitamin D Deficiency. Anyone who would like a copy, please send $3 in check or money order with a long (No. 10), stamped (65 cents), self-addressed envelope to: Graedons’ People’s Pharmacy, No. D-23, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It also can be downloaded for $2 from our Continue reading >>

Vitamin B12: Weight Loss Fact Or Fiction?

Vitamin B12: Weight Loss Fact Or Fiction?

Recently, vitamin B12 has been linked to weight loss and energy boosts, but are these claims for real? A lot of doctors and nutritionists lean toward no. Vitamin B12 plays a major role in a number of the bodys essential functions, including DNA synthesis and the formation of red blood cells. It also helps the body convert fats and proteins into energy and aids in the breakdown of carbohydrates. B12 deficiency can lead to several ailments, most notably megaloblastic anemia , which is caused by a low red blood cell count. The most common symptom of megaloblastic anemia is fatigue. This form of anemia, as well as other health issues associated with B12 deficiency, can be easily treated with injections of the vitamin. Claims that B12 can boost energy and aid in weight loss come from the incorrect assumption that the effect it has on people with megaloblastic anemia will be the same in people with normal levels of vitamin B12. Most people get vitamin B12 through their food. The vitamin is naturally present in certain animal protein-based foods, such as: people with certain digestive disorders, specifically Crohns disease and celiac disease Celiac disease is the autoimmune disorder that causes gluten intolerance. Elderly people or those who have undergone stomach surgery generally have lower levels of acid in the stomach. This can result in reduced absorption of B12 from animal foods. For these people, B12 found in fortified foods or supplements might be a better option. Also, people who take the diabetes drug metformin are at higher risk for B12 deficiency. There are many ways for people at risk for B12 deficiency to add more to their diet. Like just about any vitamin and mineral on the market, B12 supplement pills are available at supermarkets and pharmacies. B12 is also p Continue reading >>

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