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Metformin 101: Blood Sugar Levels, Weight, Side Effects

As a type 2 diabetic, you've probably heard of Metformin, or you might even be taking it yourself. Metformin (brand name “Glucophage” aka “glucose-eater”) is the most commonly prescribed medication for type 2 diabetes worldwide…and for good reason. It is one of the safest, most effective, least costly medication available with minimal, if any, side effects. There are always lots of questions around Metformin – how does metformin lower blood sugar, does metformin promote weight loss or weight gain, will it give me side effects – and lots more. Today we'll hopefully answer some of those questions. How Metformin Works Metformin belongs to a class of medications known as “Biguanides,” which lower blood glucose by decreasing the amount of sugar put out by the liver. The liver normally produces glucose throughout the day in conjunction with the pancreas’ production of insulin to maintain stable blood sugar. In many people with diabetes, both mechanisms are altered in that the pancreas puts out less insulin while the liver is unable to shut down production of excess glucose. This means your body is putting out as much as 3 times as much sugar than that of nondiabetic i Continue reading >>

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    What should my blood sugar levels be after fasting while taking metformin?

    What would be considered high? I checked my blood sugar before breakfast everyday for a week and my blood sugar levels were between 9 and 10.9 I've been on metformin for around 3 months now.

  2. JC jcolson

    You cannot reli on metformin to give you a certain amount of lowering the blood sugars, that is not what it does. The purpose of metformin is to regulate the liver and its secreation of glucose, although it will help you in lowering your blood sugar numbers, it won't do it for you, you have to do the work yourself. So, your numbers are going to be where you put them, metformin just helps you out doing it.

  3. BJ bjali

    Ok thank you that is helpful to know, I don't seem to get the right info from my health care team.

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Metformin 500 mg review is here! If you want to know about Metformin how it works and Metformin side effects and also lots of other answers of questions related to metformin is given in this video.

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A popular oral drug for treating Type 2 diabetes. Metformin (brand name Glucophage, Glucophage XR, Glumetza, Riomet) is a member of a class of drugs called biguanides that helps lower blood glucose levels by improving the way the body handles insulin — namely, by preventing the liver from making excess glucose and by making muscle and fat cells more sensitive to available insulin. Metformin not only lowers blood glucose levels, which in the long term reduces the risk of diabetic complications, but it also lowers blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and does not cause weight gain the way insulin and some other oral blood-glucose-lowering drugs do. Overweight, high cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels all increase the risk of developing heart disease, the leading cause of death in people with Type 2 diabetes. Another advantage of metformin is that it does not cause hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) when it is the only diabetes medicine taken. Metformin is typically taken two to three times a day, with meals. The extended-release formula (Glucophage XR) is taken once a day, with the evening meal. The most common side effects of metformin are nausea and diarrhea, which usual Continue reading >>

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    I have been working since March to get my numbers down and they just slowly keep creeping up. I am now consistently waking up with 120s and spending the entire day never going under 120. I walk my dog three miles in the mornings and often an evening 1-2 mile walk. I run three days a week and do Pilates with weights twice a week . I know it’s not high on the cardio scale but it’s what I can get myself to do consistently.
    I am 5’6” 128 pounds and definitely in perimenopause. Sometimes my sleep is fabulous, but lately I have many periods of wakeful moments during the evening (I’m assuming lack of sleep and hormones aren’t helping my cause). When have people started metformin (I don’t relish the side effects) but would rather not have that diabetes diagnosis quite yet? I met with an edocronologist in May but he wasn't interested in seeing me until I was diabetic, didn't see the reason to test daily, and was rather dismissive. My last A1C was 6.0 and I thought I had been better but it continued to rise from my previous 5.9. I’m guessing my next one will be higher with my recent meter readings and want to have a knowledgeable conversation with the doctor when results come back in.
    My diet consists of 60-80 carbs a day, mostly vegetarian although I’m eating more chicken to increase lower fat protein as I was gaining weight in my efforts.

  2. Goodgirl08

    Hi G, you are a diabetic. If you can not get your number under 120 then you need to see a CDE . She will go over diet and see where it needs to be changed. If that does not work, then you will need Meds. You can see a internist for what you have and everything else.

  3. abill

    With T2 the signal to block the liver releasing 'sugar is messed up. metformin will help the liver not release 'sugar' and 2,000mg may lower your A1c by 0.5 to 1.5%. and I would ask about metformin, because of its many benefits.
    I would think the rise is hormone based and T2 woman of that age may need to greatly reduce the carbs, to reduce the insulin resistance
    the macros use insulin in different amounts, fat uses the least amount and has the least effect on your BG. This is one of the reasons why a lot use the LCHF diet, The fat is burnt for energy
    100% of carbs turn to glucose
    58% of protein turn to glucose
    10% of fat turn to glucose.
    This is one of the reasons why the carb and protein consumption counting is more important than the fat.
    to maintain your weight and blood glucose numbers first is to minimise carbs and insulin/insulin resistance, some need to go down to 50g or even 20g
    protein could be 75g a day
    fat makes up the rest of the calories for energy, you eat till you are satisfied
    http://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb
    when low carbing, once under 50g carb. protein is used to adjust weight, fat is burnt as energy because the body is fat adapted and isn't stored as body fat.
    Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management: Critical review and evidence based using a LCHF diet
    http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(14)00332-3/fulltext#bib94

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What Should My Blood Sugar Be?

JANUMET tablets contain 2 prescription medicines: sitagliptin (JANUVIA®) and metformin. Once-daily prescription JANUMET XR tablets contain sitagliptin (the medicine in JANUVIA®) and extended-release metformin. JANUMET or JANUMET XR can be used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. JANUMET or JANUMET XR should not be used in patients with type 1 diabetes or with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine). If you have had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), it is not known if you have a higher chance of getting it while taking JANUMET or JANUMET XR. Metformin, one of the medicines in JANUMET and JANUMET XR, can cause a rare but serious side effect called lactic acidosis (a buildup of lactic acid in the blood), which can cause death. Lactic acidosis is a medical emergency that must be treated in a hospital. Call your doctor right away if you get any of the following symptoms, which could be signs of lactic acidosis: feel cold in your hands or feet; feel dizzy or lightheaded; have a slow or irregular heartbeat; feel very weak or tired; have unusual (not normal) muscle pain; have trouble breathing; feel sleepy o Continue reading >>

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  1. bjali

    What should my blood sugar levels be after fasting while taking metformin?

    What would be considered high? I checked my blood sugar before breakfast everyday for a week and my blood sugar levels were between 9 and 10.9 I've been on metformin for around 3 months now.

  2. JC jcolson

    You cannot reli on metformin to give you a certain amount of lowering the blood sugars, that is not what it does. The purpose of metformin is to regulate the liver and its secreation of glucose, although it will help you in lowering your blood sugar numbers, it won't do it for you, you have to do the work yourself. So, your numbers are going to be where you put them, metformin just helps you out doing it.

  3. BJ bjali

    Ok thank you that is helpful to know, I don't seem to get the right info from my health care team.

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