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Does metformin lose weight? Myth or truth? – Portal Diabetes and You

    Does metformin lose weight?  Myth or truth?  - Portal Diabetes and You

    In times of social isolation, we are eating more and doing less physical activity, right? Many people have asked me: Does metformin lose weight?

    Next, I will explain what it is, how it works and I will answer the question that does not want to be silent, do I lose weight using Metformin?

    What is Metformin?

    Metformin is the most widely prescribed drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The drug has been used since the late 1950s. It is also prescribed to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes in people who have prediabetes.

    The use of metformin is valuable for the treatment of most patients with type 2 diabetes due to its high rate of effectiveness. In addition, the drug has a low risk of hypoglycemia, few side effects, ease of use, and low cost. Metformin can even be picked up free of charge at pharmacies accredited in the “Aquí Tem Farmácia Popular” program.

    Learn more about prediabetes by clicking here

    If you have come this far, it is because you want to know the answer about the possibility of using metformin to lose weight. The answer to this question is: MAYBE.

    As this is one of the main medications used by people with type 2 diabetes, the research done on weight loss was carried out on this group of patients.

    Here’s what you need to know about metformin and how it can help you lose weight.

    Understand how metformin works

    The mechanism of action of metformin is unique. This compares with other medications used to control blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

    Metformin reduces glucose production in the liver and decreases glucose absorption in the intestine. In addition, it improves insulin sensitivity by increasing the absorption and utilization of glucose by muscle cells.

    In the following video I explain in more detail the mechanism of action of metformin and its side effects.

    Just click on the video to start watching it.

    Metformin and weight loss.

    Research indicates that metformin may help some people lose weight. However, it is not clear how metformin can cause this weight loss. One theory is that it reduces your appetite, so you eat less. Another theory is that it may change the way your body uses and stores fat. Thus inducing weight loss.

    Although studies have shown that metformin can help with weight loss, its use is not a quick fix. Long-term studies show that weight loss promoted by metformin use tends to occur gradually over 1 to 2 years.

    The amount of weight lost also varies from person to person. In the study, the average amount of weight lost after two years or more was 1.5 kg to 3 kg on average.

    The adoption of healthy habits, a balanced diet and regular physical activity is essential for weight loss.

    We can conclude that the weight loss promoted by the use of metformin is discreet and time consuming. This is both in patients with type 2 diabetes and in patients using it for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Even patients who show no change in blood glucose levels are subject to weight loss from metformin.

    how to improve my Feeding?

    The lack of information about food is a very serious problem that bothers many people. That’s why I wrote the Digital Book “Food Without Restriction”. This book will show you how you can eat what you love and still keep your glucose levels under control. And of course, combine a good diet with exercise.

    Click the button below to meet the Digital Book “Food without Restriction”where will you find how Eat Consciously Without Getting Out of Control glucose levels.


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