METFORMIN

Metformin is an oral medication used to treat type 2 diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes is what most adults with diabetes have – they make insulin, but it’s effects are weak, and blood sugar rises.  10-20% of Americans probably have pre-diabetes and 8% might merit treatment with metformin.

Metformin helps lower blood sugar, and in some studies, helps people to lose weight.  But, like most therapies, there are side-effects.  It seems to lower vitamin B12 levels, which can result in neuropathy (nerve damage) and chronic pain as a result.

So, the best thing to do is to eat a healthy diet, exercise, and lose weight! I was prescribed  metformin and took it for some months because my hemoglogin A1C (Hgb A1C) was borderline-high (prediabetes).  As I lost weight, my HgbA1C fell after weight loss, and I stopped the metformin on my physician’s advice.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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