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Metformin (oral Route)

Precautions Drug information provided by: Micromedex It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits, especially during the first few weeks that you take this medicine. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects. This medicine may interact with the dye used for an X-ray or CT scan. Your doctor should advise you to stop taking it before you have any medical exams or diagnostic tests that might cause less urine output than usual. You may be advised to start taking the medicine again 48 hours after the exams or tests if your kidney function is tested and found to be normal. Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine several days before having surgery or medical tests. It is very important to carefully follow any instructions from your health care team about: Alcohol—Drinking alcohol may cause severe low blood sugar. Discuss this with your health care team. Other medicines—Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This especially includes nonprescription medicines such as aspirin, and medicines for appetite contr Continue reading >>

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  1. Mary Alice - 18741

    METFORMIN & CARBS?

    I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and have been put on Metformin ER, 500mg once a day to begin with.
    In reading different messages and concerns, I have seen several comments on other sites that one has to be careful and watch carbs when taking this medication.
    Can anyone tell me why? What effect does it have on carbs, or vice versa? I have seen comments, but nothing that explains it. I am trying to watch what I eat and follow cooking and dieting guidelines and have done fairly well so far, loosing 15 lbs. in my first 2 months. I worry about the "carb factor" and Metformin. Can someone help me, please?

  2. JP - 14811

    I just found this regarding Metformin and how it works.
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    Metformin appears to work in three ways. First, it decreases the absorption of dietary carbohydrates through the intestines.
    Second, it reduces the production of glucose by the liver.(2) The liver uses the raw material in your food to create a reserve supply of blood sugar. When your body experiences stress, the liver releases the reserve glucose to supply your brain and muscles with an immediate source of energy to cope with the stress. Glucophage suppresses the production of this reserve fuel.
    Third, and perhaps most importantly, metformin increases the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin.(2) Insulin is the hormone that delivers glucose into your cells to be burned as fuel, or stored. Many type 2 Diabetics have "insulin resistance", a condition where excessive amounts of insulin are required in order to get blood glucose moved into cells, where it belongs. Glucophage helps your body to transport glucose with relatively less insulin, thus lowering your insulin levels. Chronically high levels of either glucose or insulin in your blood contributes to obesity, heart disease, infertility, and certain cancers, as well as the development of diabetes.

  3. JP - 14811

    Another thing I just read about Metformin and carbs is that if you don't eat enough carbs you are at higher risk for Lactic Acidosis. Hmmm that could explain why 6 years ago I got so sick from it.
    So my take from all of this is that you should eat the carbs but controlled serving sizes.
    *Judy (JP)
    PS I'm not looking up anything else on this I promise LOL

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What Does Metformin Do For Eating To Many Carbs Or Sugar

what does metformin do for eating to many carbs or sugar If this is your first visit, be sure tocheck out the FAQ by clicking thelink above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages,select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. what does metformin do for eating to many carbs or sugar Does anyone know what exactly metformin does for you if you eat to much sugars or carbs. iam horrible with my diet and was wondering if metformin would even out all the sugars and carbs I eat. Thanks... Well, from my personal standpoint, Met has greatly reduced my cravings for sugar. I guess since it's balancing out my body's insulin levels, my body's not having those terrible urges for sugar. I used to just eat sugary things all the time, and if I didn't have anything sweet, then I would HAVE to have a Coke. Now, with my sweet cravings normal, the physical side effect I have if I over indulge in sweets, carbs, or greasy food is diarhea. Yep, it's gross. I think of it as my body's way of saying, "You idiot! Krispy Kreme is not your friend!" On the upside, with the lowered sweet intake and the -ahem- immediate Continue reading >>

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  1. MugCanDoIt

    If you are type 2 diabetic and take medication for it, like Metformin or something similar, are you allowed to eat what you want, in regards to carbs and sugar?
    Or do you still have to eat carb conscious ?

  2. Ruthxxx

    Absolutely not! To be healthy and get the diabetes in control, you must eat the proper balance of carbs, protein and fat. I believe 40/30/30 is the recommended proportion.

  3. kaplods

    Short answer is for optimal health, yes you should still be carb conscious.
    Some people do use their meds to eat what they want (hubby went through an unfortunate experimentation with this), and just let the doctor adjust their medications until they get their blood sugars under control, but this isn't a great idea for several reasons.
    If you're not eating a fairly predictable diet, it's not going to be easy to get the blood sugar stabilized, you're likely to put yourself at risk for both low and blood sugar, which can be harmful in their own right.
    Also, the medications aren't without side effects, especially at the higher doses, and you don't want to be taking any more medication than you have to. You'll be at your healthiest on the lowest effective doses of the meds. So watching your carbs, and overall diet can help you stay on the lowest levels of meds.
    Furthermore, if you aren't able to get your blood sugar stabilized on the medications, your doctor is more likely going to want to go on some form of injectable - and on injectables you have to be very carb conscious, or again will face the health risks of low and high blood sugar.

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Get the diabetes handbook here: http://bit.ly/2BbAdzK Do Not Eat These Foods If You Have Diabetes.

Foods To Avoid When On Metformin

Metformin is often one of the first medications prescribed to people with diabetes, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association (see reference 2 under Highlights of Revisions). It helps lower your blood sugar levels by decreasing the amount of glucose, or sugar, produced by your liver. It also helps your insulin, the hormone that gets the sugar out of your blood and into your cell, work better. (see reference 1 pg 1 under Clinical Pharmacology under Mechanism of Action para 1). While you do not need to avoid any foods when taking metformin, you may need to limit or avoid alcohol (see reference 1 pg 8 under alcohol intake.). Metformin and Alcohol If your doctor has prescribed metformin to help you get better control over your blood sugar, you should not drink an excessive amount of alcohol, including beer, wine or hard liquor (see reference 1 pg 8 under Alcohol Intake). Too much alcohol causes metformin to breakdown too much lactate, which is a by-product of glucose and amino acids, and may lead to lactic acidosis (see reference 1 pg 8 under Alcohol Intake). If you drink alcohol, it's OK to have moderate amounts while on metformin, which means up to 1 drink a day for women and 2 Continue reading >>

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  1. MugCanDoIt

    If you are type 2 diabetic and take medication for it, like Metformin or something similar, are you allowed to eat what you want, in regards to carbs and sugar?
    Or do you still have to eat carb conscious ?

  2. Ruthxxx

    Absolutely not! To be healthy and get the diabetes in control, you must eat the proper balance of carbs, protein and fat. I believe 40/30/30 is the recommended proportion.

  3. kaplods

    Short answer is for optimal health, yes you should still be carb conscious.
    Some people do use their meds to eat what they want (hubby went through an unfortunate experimentation with this), and just let the doctor adjust their medications until they get their blood sugars under control, but this isn't a great idea for several reasons.
    If you're not eating a fairly predictable diet, it's not going to be easy to get the blood sugar stabilized, you're likely to put yourself at risk for both low and blood sugar, which can be harmful in their own right.
    Also, the medications aren't without side effects, especially at the higher doses, and you don't want to be taking any more medication than you have to. You'll be at your healthiest on the lowest effective doses of the meds. So watching your carbs, and overall diet can help you stay on the lowest levels of meds.
    Furthermore, if you aren't able to get your blood sugar stabilized on the medications, your doctor is more likely going to want to go on some form of injectable - and on injectables you have to be very carb conscious, or again will face the health risks of low and high blood sugar.

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