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Metformin query

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Outlier, Apr 21, 2022.

  1. zerocarbisbest

    zerocarbisbest · Active Member

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    my personal suggestion eat healthy foods that does not require much insulin secreted or injected, and let your body heal. which foods are healthy I wont mention because people just want bread, ice cream, and take a pill or inject insulin and think the sugar they ingest is magically disappearing, well its not. Metformin is helpful, but if people rely on it as an eternal crutch thinking its going to solve the reason diabetes develops in the first place, well it solves it so perfectly that. pill becomes 2, 2 > 4, 4>insulin and people are just getting worse. if excess of sugar is the problem how about not keep eating it for some time, again dont remove it overnight cause it will do more damage than good, hard to suggest people to be vegeterians with very little meat consumption, eat nice fats, when all they want is eat sugar and take a pill. good luck.
     
  2. Outlier

    Outlier · Well-Known Member

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    So - going back to my question, it seems that once BG is stable at non-diabetic levels from diet and lifestyle, there are no advantages to continuing to take Metformin.
     
  3. BrianDoc

    BrianDoc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You have beat me to asking this question by a week or two, having been in the pre diabetic range for about a year, my last test in January gave me a reading of 38, I halved my metformin and am due another test in the coming week to see what impact that has had in my numbers with a view to coming off it completely.

    So far as advantages to continuing to take it, I appreciate you are looking for personal experience, but I don’t think those who have chosen to continue to take it despite their numbers being non diabetic will be able to provide personal evidence, as I imagine they have continued taking them based on reading the results of studies.

    All that said, I am not keen on taking meds if I don’t have to, and am still very much undecided about what I am going to say to the nurse when the time comes ...
     
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  4. zand

    zand Type 2 · Master

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    I believe metformin together with diet and exercise helped me to lose weight, since metformin helps reduce insulin resistance. Without metformin I do not lose weight and I still have alot of weight to lose. However metformin can also deplete vit B12 levels. My own B12 levels were lowish before becoming T2 10 years ago. Last year I needed a B12 injection as I became deficient. I won't take metformin anymore. If I stay fat forever then so be it, the effects of B12 deficiency weren't pleasant.
     
  5. zerocarbisbest

    zerocarbisbest · Active Member

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    if u watch videos from dr david sinclair he claims possible longevity benefits but he doesnt even know for sure. but he takes a tiny ammount once a week. god knows.
     
  6. zerocarbisbest

    zerocarbisbest · Active Member

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    do u follow keto diet? how much carbs daily? do u embrace the fats?
     
  7. Outlier

    Outlier · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your input. Zerocarbisbest, I can't watch videos, but I think you and I both suspect that it's very difficult to prove longevity until we snuff it, and probably not even then because we never can tell how old we might have become if we had made different decisions..

    Zand, that was useful input. A negative for continuing Metformin there apart from the weight loss angle, which is important to a lot of us.

    Briandoc, we can compare notes in due course - it will be interesting.

    I really appreciate all of you who have added to the information.
     
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  8. zerocarbisbest

    zerocarbisbest · Active Member

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    outlier, watched this today and hought of you, check the last 5mins
     
  9. zerocarbisbest

    zerocarbisbest · Active Member

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  10. Outlier

    Outlier · Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately my ancient decrepit computer does not do sound. But thank you for the thought.
     
  11. zerocarbisbest

    zerocarbisbest · Active Member

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    smartphone?
     
  12. Outlier

    Outlier · Well-Known Member

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    No smartphone! Very old mobile that doesn't even send texts.
     
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