Losing Weight With Metformin

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Metformin (glucophage) For Weight Loss

After you eat, sugar goes from your intestines into your bloodstream, and then immediately into your liver. Then your liver releases sugar back into your bloodstream to cause your blood sugar level to rise. To keep blood sugar levels from rising too high, your pancreas release insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin makes you hungry all the time and causes your liver to convert extra calories to fat and it constricts arteries to cause heart attacks. You need insulin to keep blood sugar levels from rising too high to cause diabetes, nerve damage, heart attacks, strokes and kidney damage. Glucophage reduces sugar release from your liver to prevents blood sugar levels from rising too high, so your body doesn't need to produce as much insulin that makes you hungry and causes your liver to make fat (3,13,14). Glucophage lowers insulin levels (4), prevents many of the side effects of diabetes and can be used by people who want to lose weight. However, Glucophage is not effective when your blood is acidic from excess lactic acid and recent research shows that exercise, which raises lactic acid, does not cause blood acid levels to rise enough to reduce Glucophage's benefits (5). Glucophage, Continue reading >>

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    Does metformin help you lose weight

    I have read several things about whether metformin helps with weight loss or not. What is your experience?

  2. jwags

    I'm on metformin and I have lost weight. I'm not sure there is a direct correlation. Some people claim it does. Some people on metformin get terrible intestinal problems and are constantly in the bathroom. That could be one reason for weight loss. I have never had that issue, but do find it always works better when you are eating low carb. You tend to feel better. As part of a management strategy it may lead to weight loss with diet and exercise. I know lots of diabetics who are on metformin and still quite heavy. So I guess on its own, I'm not sure.

  3. Mands

    Metformin is supposed to be weight-neutral, but a lot of people have reported that it helps them to lose. It could be the intestinal side-effects as Jeanne says. I never took regular Met, I went straight on to slow release when I started it. The only side effect I had was an uncomfortable stomach, but it did affect my appetite initially, and I did lose a little weight. That didn't last long, and all the weight loss I have had since has been down to diet, and more recently Byetta side-effects.

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