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What Is Metformin And How Does It Work?

What Is Metformin And How Does It Work?

Metformin is the most common diabetes medication on the planet.

Some hate the stuff, others question it, some can't tolerate it, most of the rest simply take it and get on with their business.

Since just about all of us have at least heard of the stuff, I put together a piece on it to shed some light on this medication.

The source of today’s Metformin is a traditional and natural/herbal remedy that was first medically researched in 1918 - so if you want "natural" this is it.

The plant was… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member unfortunately there is somewhere between 5 and 10% of patients that just never tolerate metformin (made my father violently ill and he really tried to give it a good shot).

Metformin is the only effective (oral medication) against Hepatic sugars (metabolic sugars stored in the liver) so if you can't take it and need help in that regard then the SGLT-2i drugs, which include Jardiance can certainly help because they suck sugar out of the blood and don't care "what the source is - food or the liver) but that class also has a bunch of nasty side effects as well (in about 20% of the users).

If you are doing well on it that's great because if it becomes "no longer enough" then a Basil Insulin would be the only other option (for those hepatic sugars).

@A DiabetesTeam Member lyrica (pregabalin) is for nerve pain (diabetic or non-diabetic neuropathy) - so are you saying it has had a positive effect on your sugar control?

I could see the link since nerve pain would cause the release of hormones that also jack up our sugars so it would be great if you are killing two Beasts with one stone 😀

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Metformin did not interact well with my liver and for me it was best to move to insulin something my body would recognize. since doing so my liver enzymes have finally come back normal.

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I am on Lyrica and it seems to be working Think problem is solved. Flaxseed meal. Added to my drink or cereal

posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Hi Graham. I had part of my pancreas removed in 2008. Which has made me become diabetic. My blood sugars were good initially but over the years my sugars have climbed. I’m taking Jardinace which my body tolerates well, but when they add other meds including Metaformin I find the side effects / reaction are so bad & I feel so Ill that after 2 weeks I have to discontinue them. So now my blood sugars are climbing & I will probably need to go on to insulin ! A Very interesting article of yours Thanks

edited, originally posted 5 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

thanks for the info

posted 5 months ago
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