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Old 05-19-2011, 02:47 PM   #1
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Has anyone started losing weight AFTER starting Metformin...

...or other treatment for diabetes?

Just got some lab tests back today, and have not been officially diagnosed with anything at this point (seeing another doctor on May 31st)...

Fasting (over 12 hours) blood sugar was 137
A1c was 6.2

I have been low-carbing since late September with a little weight loss (8lbs in 3 months) that I regained when I lost my job in January.

Just wondering if anyone who has had trouble losing weight before being diagnosed as diabetic had a less frustrating experience after starting treatment?

Now while I would not be "glad" to get this diagnosis, I would be relieved/hopeful if getting treated might lead to an improvement in my weight & health.

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Old 05-19-2011, 03:01 PM   #2
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My Mom has lost 43 pounds since going on Metformin in January. She didn't low carb - just watched what she ate. I even jokingly asked her doc if I could take it to lose weight Now she's off that med and several others but has to watch her carb intake and her blood sugar levels.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:21 PM   #3
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I've lost now 52 pounds since January through a combination of low-carb diet (less than 30 carbs) and 1000 MG of Metformin.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:23 PM   #4
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awesome, you guys! thanks for sharing!
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i take metformin (& glypizide)for type II DM...but...

it did not enhance my weight loss, or derail my appetite (as i had hoped). Perhaps others have more favorable experiences. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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I have been on Metformin since Jan. I think that in conjunction with a low carb diet it helps speed up losses. But I have lost in the past without it, and I'm not sure if it would cause you to lose if used without a low(er) carb woe.
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I didn't lose weight for years no matter what I did. Even when I started low-carb I still did not lose. At 1,500mg of metformin I saw no weight loss benefit. However, once my doctor increased my dose to 2,000 and then 2,500 (TypeII & PCOS) I finally started to drop some pounds. For me only the highest dose seems to work. If I stop taking it its almost guaranteed that I stop losing.
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My doctor perscribed it to me specifically for weight loss. I am not diabetic or close to being diabetic. After reading up on it I was too scared to take it. What would it do to me? My doctor is not the smartest. She prescribes pills at the drop of a hat.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:16 AM   #9
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My doctor perscribed it to me specifically for weight loss. I am not diabetic or close to being diabetic. After reading up on it I was too scared to take it. What would it do to me? My doctor is not the smartest. She prescribes pills at the drop of a hat.
Metformin is easily one of the safest medications one can take. It's been around forever. But I'm not sure if it can be used as a weight loss drug unless there's already some metabolic issue. I've become insulin resistant and have all the signs of what some call "metabolic syndrome." The most common side effect is sudden (very) diarrhea, sometimes several times a day. Rarely, Metformin can cause lactic acidosis, a potential fatal problem, but this is usually something only severe diabetics need to worry about. If you have healthy kidneys and a healthy liver, your body should be able to metabolize Metformin. But, I'm not "that" kind of doctor, so best consult your own doctor about it.

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Old 05-20-2011, 12:17 PM   #10
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I started taking Metformin due to PCOS and IR which were preventing me from having regular cycles, which meant we would have a very difficult time getting pregnant. I lost 5 lbs. in the first month on it. However, I had a difficult time getting used to it at first (tummy-wise) so I wondered if maybe that's what attributed to the weight loss. But once I was on it for a few months, everything was fine. It's a miracle drug in my opinion...my daughter would have never been conceived had it not been for Metformin. I hope it helps you!

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I've been on Metformin 500 to 1000mg a day, and lost 20lbs so far.

My doctor told me, normal fasting blood sugar is between 90-10
Pre-diabetic is 100-125
Diabetic is 125 and over (consistently).
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:15 PM   #12
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DrD and jill_in_the_box, I just noticed you were near me. Thought I'd say

(I'm in NW Bentonville, practically Bella Vista. I can get to the MO border in 15 minutes.)
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Congratulations, Jill in the Box! So happy for you

I'm sort of fascinated with Metformin...from what I've looked up online, it's been shown to reverse fatty liver disease as well as insulin resistance; keeps the liver from making excess glucose (hepatic gluconeogenesis), which could keep a person's blood sugar high even if their carb intake is low; helps with PCOS and even psoriasis!I'm not a big fan of medications but it seems like pretty cool stuff!

For anyone who's leery of the medication, d-chiro-inositol is a natural supplement--extract of the carob plant--that supposedly has similar benefits.

Frustrating news today...I had bloodwork done last year, but my doctor never called me about it and I didn't follow up. The numbers were worse!!! Fasting glucose 144; A1c 6.6!
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Same doctor? I'd search for a new doctor! You can take your lab results with you to a new one and they can go from there.

Weren't you recently posting about excessive thirst and dry mouth? Could be related to the diabetes.
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:02 PM   #15
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he's my psychiatrist; he can't treat me for this anyway.
he orders blood work once or twice a year to monitor whether the medication is causing any damage to my liver/metabolism/etc.

yes i did post about the thirst. am going to a doctor who specializes in diabetes on the 31st.
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I took Metformin for PCOS--levels at 1500 and 2000. I didn't notice any weight loss and the only thing that has really helped me is LC. I can't say it didn't help with my IR, but now that I'm off of it, I don't see any difference in how I'm losing. Guess it just depends on how your body reacts to it--and why you're using it.
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I am insulin resistant and started taking Metformin in April 2006. I lost 40kg in 9 months but that was only possible because I started eating lowcarb and moving more. I started with walking, then lifting weights and then running.
I still take metformin (2 x 850mg) but I gained all of the weight back, because I stopped eating lowcarb and I stopped running because of an injury.

Metformin only made losing weight possible, but the weightloss really came from eating right and moving a lot (both of which I will be doing again from today on).
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Was on Metformin for PCOS and no it made me gain weight,vomit constantly and crap my pants constantly.I will never ever take it again.
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Was on Metformin for PCOS and no it made me gain weight,vomit constantly and crap my pants constantly.I will never ever take it again.
Seriously??? I'd be stopping that medication pretty darned fast if I was having side affects like that one too!
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Was on Metformin for PCOS and no it made me gain weight,vomit constantly and crap my pants constantly.I will never ever take it again.
OMG yikes!!!
You'd think that at least a person WOULDN'T gainweight, with that sort of reaction!

I have no idea what treatment my doctor is going to recommend. Metformin seems pretty common, though. And it's something I started reading about a couple of months ago in relation to IR (insulin resistance) and NAFLD.

If I do have diabetes, it seems likely that I've had it, untreated, for at least a year. I'm just hoping that once it's treated, my low-carbing will start to pay off and I'll finally see some weight loss!!!

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I started low carbing because of my diagnosis. I was given Metformin from the start, but did not lose any weight until I started Atkins last July! Then it started to come off for the first time in my life.

I do not think that Metformin has anything to do with my weight loss. However, it is a great drug, and the safest one to take!!

I did not have any side effects...and most people who do have them say that they go away after a week or two. IR is a great thing to try if you do get them, though!
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I tried it several times thinking it would work because its really the only medication for PCOS! It seemed when the dosage got to 1000 it had the effect this was with extended release and instant. Low carb has helped me much more than metformin has. I am glad to hear your blood work is better than it was a year ago.Its probably attributed to low carb! I hope the metformin does wonders for you though,maybe it will work better in you since you may have diabetes.

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armystolehim (sounds like there's a sad story behind that name )

if you are still having issues with PCOS...have you heard of d-chiro-inositol?
it's supposed to be quite effective and without the side-effects of Metformin.
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I have taken d-chiro-inositol,it didn't seem to do much.I noticed if i stay on plan i don't have too much issues with the PCOS also i have started taking BC were i get my period once every 3 months. I am just hoping that when we try to have children we have no issues that is were the PCOS concerns me most especially since i'm getting married next year! Actually,this username is pretty old and my DH is back with me now he is no longer in the army .
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For anyone who's leery of the medication, d-chiro-inositol is a natural supplement--extract of the carob plant--that supposedly has similar benefits.
just remember that anything that has strong effects like this (if I does, I mean, similar to Metformin) would be just as likely to have serious side effects as Metformin. "Natural" things can kill us just as fast as synthetics, of course. people can't relax their care just because something comes from nature. good luck!
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I've read dozens of reviews on DCI and I don't think anybody complained about or poopie pants!!!

I'm not saying anybody should run out and buy it--but it could be something to look into/ask your doctor about, especially if it means the difference between being able to conceive or not
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Hi Jenny~

My Doc didn't put me on Metformin until at least four A1C tests came back high (over 6.0 is boderline by her standards over 7.0 is a diabetic). I had been losing weight successfully prior so she was hopeful that I could get it under control by diet alone which I had I started at 6.6. Each of my A1C kept coming in lower then the previous so she was hesitate to medicate me. However, I went through a very tough time last summer (illness which resulted in the use of steriods which recks havoc on your blood sugar and unexpected death in family) and during this period I completely went off plan for about 3 months and my A1C was tested during that time. When my A1C shot back up to 6.6 again from my previous 6.1, my pcp decided it was time for meds. Since going on the meds and being back full force on low carb, I have lowered it to 6.0. She wants me to be under 6.0 for at least 2 tests (they are taken every 3 months) before she will stop the meds so I am close to being off the meds and when I am finally off them it probably will have only taken me about 9 months to get it under control.

Metformin can be a very hard drug for your body to get used to taking. I have a delayed reaction to it in that I can take it for about 2 weeks before symptoms start (horrible diarrhea and painful gas) so I stop for about 3 days and then I start again and go another 2 weeks taking it. At first I tried suffering through it as my doctor instructed but due to my work schedule I just couldn't handle it after 3 days of feeling ill and being tied to the bathroom. My doctor isn't happy that I have to take it like this (and I am only on 500MG extended release) but she feels that being able to use it 90% of the time is better then never and my insurance won't cover a different version.

I did lose 8 pounds the first month without really trying but I think it was because of the side effects not real fat losses. I kind of maintained for about 2 months after that and then I started losing again. I have lost around 18pounds since I started it in January. I think it will all depend on how well your body can handle the medicine as to how you will lose weight on it.
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Thank you for all the information!
I'm a little worried about all the diarrhea stories I've been hearing!
I am out of a job now...hoping I might be one of those people who adjusts to it in a couple of weeks, and I could actually be at home during that time...

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my insurance won't cover a different version.
I have noticed that Metformin is on some of those $4-a-month prescription plans at WalMart & my local grocery stores' pharmacies (A&P, Shop Rite). Have you checked to see if the other versions are available on these plans?
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