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Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which sugar, or glucose, levels build up in your bloodstream. The hormone insulin helps move the sugar from your blood into your cells, which are where the sugar is used for energy. In type 2 diabetes, your body’s cells aren’t able to respond to insulin as well as they should. In later stages of the disease your body may also not produce enough insulin. Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes can lead to chronically high blood sugar levels, causing several symptoms and potentially leading to serious complications. In type 2 diabetes your body isn’t able to effectively use insulin to bring glucose into your cells. This causes your body to rely on alternative energy sources in your tissues, muscles, and organs. This is a chain reaction that can cause a variety of symptoms. Type 2 diabetes can develop slowly. The symptoms may be mild and easy to dismiss at first. The early symptoms may include: constant hunger a lack of energy fatigue weight loss excessive thirst frequent urination dry mouth itchy skin blurry vision As the disease progresses, the symptoms become more severe and potentially dangerous. If your blood sugar levels have been high for a Continue reading >>

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  1. Dr.Eve

    Muscle Weakness on metformin???

    I have been on metformin for about 3 months and at 3 weeks developed severe weakness. Subsequently I have had to stop working out (aerobic cycling and weight lifting) due to severe pain in my back as a result of the induced weakness. I am taking Coenzyme Q10 and B12. Has anyone else had a simlar problem? What have you and your physician done to counteract the problem?

  2. kleto

    I am also looking for advice. I have been on Metformin for over a year now and have been going to see my GP every month to let him know that I am suffering from fatigue, wobbly legs, extreme tiredness and other similar symptoms. I have also lost about 10 kgs since I have started Metformin. Innitially I was given to understand that I would need to get used to the medication as I also was suffering from bouts of diarrhoes.. I also told him that I may be defficient in Vitamin B12. He does not give me any straight answers. On a previous visit I requested him to do the V-B12 test but he never gave me the results. Am wondering if prescribing these Vitamins is expensive. I am reading all over the internet the connection between Metformin and B12 deficiency and related problems. I am only 57 years old and my Mother-in-Law who is 87 has more energy than me. Frustrated with the way the doctors are treating me...... I am wondering if I can take B12 without him knowing of it.

  3. colin95803

    Metformin causes some malabsorption which can lead to lowered B12 and Folate levels. If this becomes significant, both can cause anaemia. Doctors and laboratories are reluctant to test B12 and Folate levels unless there are signs of anaemia in the blood; this means they are not interested in preventing anaemia before it happens, which to me seems illogical. Many doctors are not aware of this side effect. I believe there is a case for routinely monitoring B12 and Folate, say annually, together with any other vitamins or essentials that may be not absorbed due to Metformin.

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