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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 Continue reading >>

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  1. re1ndeer

    What do you do for a cold or flu ?

    I think I'm coming down with the flu. Feel very crummy. Really don't want to eat (lost my appetite). Seems I'm drinking more fluids. Right now BS are stable.
    I know when this hits full force they will be all over the place. Do you have any suggestions, that would maybe lessen the severeaty of this?

  2. Jan8

    Mucinex DM. works all the time !

  3. PetiePal

    I'd stick away from Emergen-C and I KNOW Airborne and Zicam are 1000% scams. My brother did ads for them and they even admitted it outright lol.
    My best flu/cold remedy:
    -Mucinex (my endo said even Mucinex DM won't raise blood sugars much and was alright)
    -Lots of clear fluids, water, tea, soda, diet cranberry juice etc
    -Fruit
    -Popping a Vitamin C AFTER the fact doesn't do too much, but still I'd keep on with your daily multivitamin
    -Get plenty of sleep. If you're not eating, showering, bathrooming etc you should try to sleep as much as possible. You can really sleep off a cold/flu.
    -Stay warm even if you're sweating. You sweat and get a fever because your body fights off infection easier at the higher temperature.
    -To break a fever take a cool shower, aspirin, or towel down yourself with cool water and shiver it out a little bit. Tylenol is still your friend after all these years. Stay away from Advil, Alleve, etc which can raise your blood pressure which we all know most diabetics are already prone to.
    I'm sure someone else will say it but TEST often. Antibiotics and sickness in general can cause havoc with your numbers so it's best to keep a close eye and not get too worried if your sugars jump a BIT..that's normal.

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