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What Is Metformin?

MORE Metformin is a prescription drug used primarily in the treatment of Type II diabetes. It can be used on its own or combined with other medications. In the United States, it is sold under the brand names Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumetza and Riomet. "Metformin is very often prescribed as the first step in a diabetic's regime," said Ken Sternfeld, a New York-based pharmacist. How it works "When you're diabetic you lose the ability to use the insulin you need to offset the food," Sternfeld explained. "If you eat a carb or sugar that can't be metabolized or offset by the insulin you produce, your sugar levels will be higher. Metformin and drugs in that category will help your body better metabolize that food so that insulin levels will be able to stay more in line." Metformin aims to decrease glucose production in the liver, consequently lowering the levels of glucose in the bloodstream. It also changes the way that your blood cells react to insulin. "It makes them more sensitive to insulin," said Dr. Stephen Neabore, a primary care doctor at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C. "It makes the same amount of insulin work better. It transports the insulin to the cells in a mo Continue reading >>

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  1. Ckpierce

    Am I diabetic?? Fluctuating blood sugar levels. Looking for insight.

    Hello everyone.. My name is Cassie
    Over the past few months I've noticed that I've had to urinate quiet often. Sometimes as many as 6 times in an hour. I've had mood swings, feelings of intense anxiety, my fingers and toes have been going numb, I've been fatigued and felt like I can eat until I die at certain times. (Amongst other symptoms)
    I am 25 years old, 5'7 and weigh 124 pounds. After I started to notice these symptoms, I got concerned. About two weeks ago, I started to check my blood sugar levels. I've done tests on four different meters and have taken a home A1c test. My blood sugar levels have been: 155 (fasting), 68 (fasting), 127 (fasting), 82 (fasting), 137 (fasting)
    Last weekend, anytime i checked, I wasn't even in the 70s. I stayed in the 60s all weekend. Two days ago doing a random check, my result was 170. The highest reading I have gotten so far. I did a postprandial last night, 150. My home A1c tests read 4.7 and 5.7. But I've read a lot about how inaccurate they are. I'm so confused. Can ANYONE shed any light on this please? I don't have insurance and don't want to go to the dr until I get it just incase I happen to be diabetic or prediabetic. Considering that would be a preexisting condition.. My first cousin is type 1 for 16 years. Other than that, we don't know about anyone else in our family that has had type 1.

  2. jwags

    First of all there are no pre exhisting conditions clauses anymore in insurance. Is there a reason you didn't sign up during open season for the ACA? My 26 year old daughter has a policy for $94 per month. If you suspect Type 1 you need to get your doctor to run a GAD 65 and a C-peptide test. Your HbA1 c is in the normal range. Maybe your doctor can run some additional tests to see what is going on.

  3. Ckpierce

    I had insurance through tricare but that ended last year. As of right now, I'm recently married and my husbands insurance through his work is outrageous. I'm almost finished with nursing school and plan on getting insurance as soon as I start working.

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