Easy To Lose Weight Without Metformin?
Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community B17_Fan Reactive hypoglycemia Active Member I have IR and pcos, and was prescribed metformin to help with weight loss. My question is, is it easy to lose weight by just going low carb and not taking metformin? Just wondered if it's something I could do without medication? Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) Well-Known Member I lost some weight on Metformin as I felt so ill but I have always found it easy to lose weight eating low carb foods, and I always feel so well. I have never taken Metformin, nor any other diabetes medication. I lost 33% of my body weight in the first 10 months by eating low carb. So yes, it is quite possible, but I don't suffer with PCOS which may make a difference. For me the combination of metformin and low carb changed my life. I still have some symptoms of PCOS. But they are much less. I have stopped losing weight after a almost 60 pounds loss. I still have another 50 or so to go. But I am very happy where I am. I now weigh less then I did in my late 20s. Most importantly feel fantastic and my last A1C was 5.9 I think thats 40 or 42 how you measure it in the UK. The choice is yours. You can try it with out and if you feel like you need help you can always take it. B17_Fan Reactive hypoglycemia Active Member Thanks all. I guess all I can do is try without metformin and see how it goes. I mean, if you're eating low carb, then surely your insulin resistance should lessen, because your not getting the sharp rise and fall with your sugar levels, and your body will produce less insulin, meaning it won't store the energy as fat anymore. That's my theory anyway. I know metformin makes the cells less insulin resistant, but can that not b Continue reading >>
How One Man Stopped Metformin After Losing Weight
Exercise and weight loss lower blood sugar because they both reduce the body's insulin resistance, the key problem in people with type 2 diabetes. Therefore, increasing exercise or losing weight can sometimes lower or eliminate your need for diabetes medication. It's easier to keep your blood sugar in check without medication if your body is more sensitive to the insulin your body does make (most people with type 2 diabetes make at least some of the hormone). I was able to stop taking metformin, the drug I had been taking to lower my glucose—Louis Sarkes, Type 2 Diabetes Patient Louis Sarkes, 50, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2006 after a routine blood test during his annual physical exam. "I was surprised, but motivated to do something right away," said Sarkes, who is a money manager based in Baltimore, Md. He went to an all-day session on weight loss at Johns Hopkins University (where his doctor is based). He listened to doctors, nutritionists, and other patients talk about weight loss and exercise strategies, setbacks and successes. More about diabetes and exercise "I chose a diet low in sugars and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and kept carbohydrates at 30 to 35 grams per meal, or no more than 100 grams in a day," says Sarkes. He didnt count every calorie, but kept a general sense and tried to keep the daily limit of calories to 1,800. "To get as much information as I could, especially on tips for sticking with the diet, I met with the nutritionist on my own, and also read everything on the Internet I could find," he said. He followed the advice of his nutritionist and didn't feel guilty if he went over his carbohydrate or calorie limithe just started again as soon a possible. He found healthy snacks he liked and avoided high-fat, high calori Continue reading >>
6 Reasons Why Metformin Might Not Be Safe For Pcos
Have you been prescribed metformin for PCOS and are wondering what the side affects are? Metformin is often described as a ‘safe’ drug, but read on to find out why this might not be the case. When I was diagnosed with PCOS, the first thing I asked my GP was what I could take to ‘fix’ it. She gently explained that there was no pill or surgery that could cure my condition. However, there was a drug that could help with the elevated insulin levels caused by it. Metformin, she claimed, was a safe drug with no major side effects that would help with insulin resistance and weight loss. Sign me up. At first, I thought metformin was the wonder drug. I lost about 5kg in 4 months, more than I had ever been able to lose previously. I was ecstatic. I had a quick look online to see whether there were any side effects and initially found that diarrhea, loose stools, fatigue, and muscle soreness were commonly experienced. But I thought that it was small price to pay for finally being able to lose some weight. However, when I investigated further I found that that there are some much more sinister side effects of metformin that aren’t so widely publicised. These include: – Depleting our bodies of essential nutrients. – Increasing the risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect by up to 9 times. – Reducing energy levels by almost 50%. – Killing beneficial gut bacteria. This article is not intended to be a case against metformin for PCOS. There is no doubt that metformin helps to reduce weight, lowers blood glucose levels, and promotes ovulation. My concern is the lack of studies about the safety of long-term use of metformin for PCOS, especially in utero. Drugs can help with the associated symptoms of a disease, but they cannot fix the root cause of it. Metformin i Continue reading >>
Off Metformin Still Possible To Lose Weight?
off metformin still possible to lose weight? (I started this post.) I ended up going back on the metformin. But i'm taking a lower dose and i'm taking half at breakfast and half in the evening. Before i would take it all at one time because i thought it would be easier to remember to take it. but now i just remember to take it at both times. so far so good. But i'm just now starting to focus on weight loss since i started taking it. we just increased the dosage to now 1500. After a while i may even increase it to 2000 mg. again. I haven't had anymore cramps as of yet and i hope splitting it up in the day and night will help with that. I didn't want to go on it but my doctor really encouraged me to try it again. He said even a low dose is better than nothing. Edited by: CHANGELIFE2016 at: 5/26/2013 (09:59) Ladies, I also had issues with the side effects of Metformin -which made me seriously consider if it was worth taking! I went back to my doctor and they put me on the Meformin Extended Release (XR) I now take 750 milligrams with breakfast and 1500 milligrams with dinner without any issues. I would humbly make that suggestion to anyone who might be taking the regular Metformin and finding themselves struggling. Between diet, exercise, and the Metformin I am down 68 pounds since September - but it is not fast and not easy! Best of luck! I'm sending all kinds of glitter and sparkles your way! Hi, I was first diagnosed with PCOS in 1995, and want to have children. I've been married for over 10 years now, and been together with my husband for 18 years. In the last 4 years, I'd been taking Metformin to help assist with my irregular periods. The side effects, diarrhea and cramps didn't bother me much, as I began to lose weight. Recently I'd stopped, I don't know why, I just Continue reading >>
Are Your Meds Making You Fat?
One of the frustrations of diabetes is the way everyone tells you to lose weight. Then they give you medicine that makes you gain weight. Some of the worst offenders are insulin and the thiazolidinedione drugs, pioglitazone (brand name Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia). Why do these drugs cause weight gain, and what can you do about it? To recap: As you know, Type 2 diabetes is a disease of insulin resistance. Your muscle and brain cells don’t want the glucose that the insulin is trying to bring, so they resist. The glucose stays in the bloodstream. At first, the beta cells in the pancreas try to compensate by pumping out extra insulin to overcome the resistance. When the beta cells can’t keep up, or when the resistance gets too severe, you start running high blood sugar and developing symptoms of diabetes. When Insulin is Low People with Type 1 diabetes don’t make enough insulin, period, and people with Type 2 develop a low-insulin situation over time. What does that do to you? With insufficient insulin, glucose can’t get into your muscle and brain cells to be burned as fuel. It can’t get into the liver to be stored as starch, and it can’t get converted into fat. Why not? Because insulin does all those things. So, when you don’t have enough insulin, you won’t gain weight, because your body can’t do anything with the glucose, and you wind up urinating it away. That’s why weight loss is a classic symptom of Type 1. Then You Inject Now this is the tricky part—if you have Type 2, and you are given insulin, the fat storage will resume full speed. Insulin resistance doesn’t affect fat storage. But because of insulin resistance, you will get only a partial improvement in glucose uptake by your muscle and brain cells. So the glucose starts to get store Continue reading >>
Stop The Metformin Madness
I have never been a fan of Metformin. It seemed too good to be true. Many years ago I had a conversation with a researcher about all of its possible therapeutic indications. His lab was actively pursuing the anti-cancer angle. That should have been a clue that Metformin might be causing more damage than we recognized, but it wasn’t. At that point, I was still enamored with the wonders of pharmacology and hadn’t yet begun my path toward understanding medication adverse reactions. Indeed, it wasn’t until very recently, when a family member began suffering from one of these reactions, that I began my investigation in full. This is what I learned. Type 2 Diabetes is Big Business The global profits from Type 2 diabetes medications rested at a paltry $23 billion dollars in 2011 but are expected to grow to over $45 billion annually by 2020. The market growth is bolstered in large part by the ever-expanding demand for therapeutics like Metformin or Glucophage. Metformin is the first line of treatment and standard of care for insulin resistance across all populations of Type 2 diabetics with over 49 million Americans on Metformin in 2011-2012. It is particularly popular in women’s health with an increasing reliance on Metformin for the metabolic dysfunction observed in women with PCOS, PCOS-related infertility and even gestational diabetes. Metformin is prescribed so frequently and considered so innocuous that it is sometimes euphemistically referred to as vitamin M. If we quickly scan the safety research for metformin, there is little immediate evidence suggesting any side effects whatsoever. In fact, in addition to controlling blood sugar by blocking the hepatic glucose dump, this drug is suggested to promote weight loss, increase ovulation in women, (thereby helping a Continue reading >>
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 >>
Stopping Metformin: When Is It Ok?
The most common medication worldwide for treating diabetes is metformin (Glumetza, Riomet, Glucophage, Fortamet). It can help control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It’s available in tablet form or a clear liquid you take by mouth before meals. Metformin doesn’t treat the underlying cause of diabetes. It treats the symptoms of diabetes by lowering blood sugar. It also increases the use of glucose in peripheral muscles and the liver. Metformin also helps with other things in addition to improving blood sugar. These include: lowering lipids, resulting in a decrease in blood triglyceride levels decreasing “bad” cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) increasing “good” cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein (HDL) If you’re taking metformin for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, it may be possible to stop. Instead, you may be able to manage your condition by making certain lifestyle changes, like losing weight and getting more exercise. Read on to learn more about metformin and whether or not it’s possible to stop taking it. However, before you stop taking metformin consult your doctor to ensure this is the right step to take in managing your diabetes. Before you start taking metformin, your doctor will want to discuss your medical history. You won’t be able to take this medication if you have a history of any of the following: alcohol abuse liver disease kidney issues certain heart problems If you are currently taking metformin, you may have encountered some side effects. If you’ve just started treatment with this drug, it’s important to know some of the side effects you may encounter. Most common side effects The most common side effects are digestive issues and may include: diarrhea vomiting nausea heartburn abdominal cramps Continue reading >>
Does Reduction Of Metformin Dose Cause Weight Gain?
Does reduction of Metformin dose cause weight gain? Does reduction of Metformin dose cause weight gain? When I went to see my doctor last week of April, my weight was 162. It came down from 190 to 162 during December - April. He did not seem to be comfortable seeing my lean body. He reduced Met dose from 1000mg to 500mg per day saying that the small dose is good enough for my current A1C 5.7. I wonder whether my rapid weight loss influenced his decision to reduce Met dose. For almost a month, I have been on Metformin 500 mg per day. Now, I noticed that my weight went up by about 6 pounds. Fortunately, BG levels continue to improve in spite of weight gain and reduction in Met. I do not know whether I increased my food consumption unknowingly. Can reduction in Metformin dose increase body weight? D.D. Family T2 for 24 years, pumping 3/07/07,no complications Both 1000 and 500 are small doses, 850 x 3 is the maximum dose. While there might be some difference in how it affects your weight, IMHO the difference would be slight. Hi Lloyd, I wonder whether my weight is very sensitive to Metformin. I am going to carefully watch what I will eat in order to rule out the possibility of increased food consumption. Met is supposed to help with weight loss. I am about the weight you were last Dec, and take 2-500mg Met ER daily... Met is supposed to help with weight loss. Yes, I personally experienced it within the first month of treatment with Metformin. It killed my appetite initially. It is truly a wonderful drug for diabetes if body can accept it. The only way to be sure is to carefully measure what you eat. This is the only way I was able to lose weight and get past a plateau. I'm hopeless at judging carb and protein content of food by looking at it, so I measure all my food and e Continue reading >>
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Quit Metformin And Finally Started To Lose Weight!
Quit Metformin and finally started to lose weight! I see that a lot of you have seen an endo doctor. Can you tell me what to expect and if there are any questions that I should ask when I see her on November 30th? Since having my uterus taken out (which was 3 times larger than it should have been)I am still experiencing a lack of interest in sex. Facial and leg hair growth have excellerated greatly. I was diagnosed with diabetes and it DOES NOT run in my family. My hormone levels are normal however my DHEA was 59. Both my gyno's refused to look at my numbers and dismiss my other symptoms with a solution of one it is your colon, and the other one's answer was bc for 2 months if still in pain let's take the ovaries. Which by the way looked good when I did the hysterectomy. My gp put me on met 500mg at night when my bg test came back as diabetes. Numbers were 148, and my vitamin D was down still so now take 50,000mg a week. So far the met does not seem to be helping with my weight. However it does seem as if my midsection is less swollen then it ever has been. So basically any help that anyone can offer is greatly appreciated. I started Metformin 6 years ago and it did take time for me to get used to it. I was nauseated a lot, and would actually get sick often times. If I "forgot" or was honestly lazy and didn't take a dose of my medicine, it would all come back to me. Once I was on the medicine and my body got used to it, it was better. I take it mainly for diabetes prevention, as I am prediabetic. It has helped me lose weight because it controls my sugar/carb cravings. It has taken time for me to get on the right dosage. I went from immediate release 500 mg a day to 2000 mg a day, and I also now take the ER/extended release version. The change to the current 2000 mg ER Continue reading >>
New Findings About What Metformin Really Does
As many of my readers know, there is no requirement that the companies that sell pharmaceutical drugs provide an accurate explanation of what it is that their drugs do or of how they do it. All that they have to prove is that the drug has an impact on some measurable phenomenon. The company may claim that a drug functions using a mechanism that is later proven to be untrue. This has been the case with the SSRI drugs which it turned out actually work by remodelling the nerves in the hippocampus, NOT by changing levels of serotonin. Metformin, which has been used for decades, is another drug whose effect is well understood--it lowers blood sugar and reduces the amount of insulin needed to lower blood sugar. This has been interpreted to mean that it lowers insulin resistance. But new findings are calling this into question, as we discover that metformin may actually be stimulating insulin release or blocking the liver's release of glucose rather than impacting insulin resistant cell receptors. The first finding is one I stumbled over recently, one which seems to have gone unnoticed by the medical press. It is that metformin appears to boost GLP-1 levels. GLP-1 is an incretin hormone secreted in the gut which stimulates the beta cell to secrete insulin in the presence of high blood sugars. GLP-1 may also lower glucagon production at the same time. While Byetta and Januvia are higly promoted as being incretin drugs, some little known research suggests that metformin may also raise the level of GLP-1 in the body. Enhanced secretion of glucagon-like peptide 1 by biguanide compounds. Yasuda N et al. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2002 Nov 15;298(5):779-84. This was old news, but it may partially explain some of the stomach symptoms people experience with metformin. GLP-1 stops or Continue reading >>
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Is It Possible To Stop Weight Gain From Metformin? If Yes, Then How?
Metformin is a medication that treats the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Dont stop taking metformin without talking to your doctor first. You may be able to safely stop taking metformin if your blood sugar is under control. Metformin (Glumetza, Riomet, Glucophage, Fortamet) is the most common medication people use to treat diabetes worldwide. It can help control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Its usually available as either small, white tablets or clear liquid. In both cases, you take it orally, or by the mouth, before meals multiple times per day. Metformin doesnt treat the underlying causes of diabetes. Instead, it treats the symptoms of diabetes by lowering blood sugar and increasing the use of glucose in peripheral muscles and the liver. Metformin does several good things in addition to improving blood sugar: It lowers lipids, resulting in a decrease in blood triglyceride levels. It slightly decreases your bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL). It slightly increases the good cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Stopping metformin removes the benefits it provides, namely lower blood sugar. It may be possible to stop taking medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes if you make certain lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and getting more exercise. You should only stop taking metformin under the care of your doctor to avoid the risk of high blood glucose levels. In some cases, metformin leads to poor absorption of vitamin B-12. That can lead to a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Taking metformin doesnt lead to weight gain. However, it might lead to a small amount of weight loss. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, might occur since metformin lowers blood sugar. Its important to monitor your blood sugar regularly and adjust your d Continue reading >>
Stopped Metformin And Weight Gain
Hi everyone, has anyone else experienced sudden weight gain after stopping Metformin? I am 7w6d and gained 4lbs in 1 week with no change to eating habits. Once I found out I was pregnant, my doctor recommended that I taper the Metformin down to one dose every other day for 2 weeks and then stop completely. My healthy BMI weight was stable during the tapering but I gained the 4lbs almost immediately. What has been your experience with stopping Metformin? I'm currently on Metformin due to PCOS. I take a total of 1500mg daily. My Endocrinologist advised me to stay on the Metforminuntil the end of the first trimester. I"m currently 7wks 5days. I'm not sure why your doc would advise you to taper off. Do you have PCOS? Is your doctor an OB or an Endocrinologist? I've found that OB's really aren't versed in the mysterious ways of PCOS since its actually an Endocrine issue with fertility side effects. Hope I"m making sense. :-) I am currently on 1000 mg. my doctor advised me to stay on it till my second trimester due to PCOS too. However, I had a preterm labor with my twins a year ago at 20 weeks and I read online that it's best to stay on it your whole pregnancy. Might want to ask your dr if you can stay on it. I am on Metformin as well. I haven't been in to see the doctor yet (first appointment next week) and everything I read says to keep on Metformin. I have PCOS since I was 17, this is my first pregnancy. I also have an endocrinologist and I will be seeing her as well. Maybe get a second opinion from one just to be sure. Continue reading >>