If you have tried and tried to lose weight and have failed every time, you may want to talk to your doctor about insulin resistance and Metformin weight loss possibilities. Some studies have shown that taking Metformin can help you lose weight. Especially if you have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes.
It is not clear if people who do not have Type II diabetes can lose weight by taking Metformin but it is being prescribed for women and girls who have been diagnosed with PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome and have put on a lot of weight in a relatively short time and cannot lose it no matter how much they exercise and watch what they eat.
Metformin weight loss occurs when, with the help of the medication, your body learns to respond appropriately to the insulin that is released into the bloodstream and reduces the amount of glucose that the liver releases into the bloodstream in response to what you eat.
After 40 years of being prescribed by doctors to treat Type II diabetes, other uses for other conditions have come to light and weight loss is one of them. Metformin has been shown to reduce the death rate of people with Type II diabetes by a whopping 36%.
Side effects include indigestion and diarrhea with some people developing lactic acidosis, but this is rare. Most side effects are mild and may even disappear with continued use of the medication. Lactic acidosis is very rare, 1 in 30,000, but has been known to be fatal in approximately 50% of cases if it develops.
If taken with a meal, as it is usually prescribed, side effects should be minimal. If not, then maybe a switch to the extended release oral medication would help alleviate any potential side effects.
The most common side effects experienced are nausea, a metallic taste, vomiting, abdominal bloating, cramping or a feeling of fullness, and weight loss. You should see your doctor immediately if after beginning you Metformin regimen you begin to feel weak, have heartbeat changes, chest pain, or an allergic reaction. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is also possible and should be reported to your doctor as well.
Some other conditions the may be affected by taking Metformin are B12 and folic acid deficiencies. So, making sure you are getting all the nutrients you need in your diet is very important or if you are not sure then you can take a supplement to get what you need. You may want to take a supplement anyway just to make sure.
Obviously, the best way for anyone to lose weight is to exercise and eat right but for some of us that just doesn't get it and we need to figure out, with the help of our doctor, what will work. If that means taking a medication like Metformin to help our body use it's own stuff better then that's what we need to do. Metformin weight loss, here we come!