Metformin is the diabetes treatment proven to reduce blood sugar levels improve the body’s use of insulin and be a targeted type 2 diabetes treatment. Metformin ingredients work to reduce the amount of glucose produced by our livers and the amount of glucose absorbed through the stomach. More than this, the actions of Metformin and cholesterol reduction go hand in hand -it actively prevents low-density lipoproteins or ‘bad cholesterol’ from attaching to arteries and blood platelets.
Metformin ingredients are particularly effective as a type 2 diabetes treatment – the common adult onset form of diabetes. With its ability to reduce blood sugar levels, Metformin curbs the cravings for sugar, and in doing so, becomes a useful dieting aid. A valuable weapon in combating the effects of aging, metformin addresses the natural loss of glucose tolerance with age, and the linked cardiovascular diseases and the Metformin and cholesterol regulating properties make it a comprehensive wellbeing and diabetes treatment.
Insulin is vital to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood. It’s the hormone produced by the pancreas that reduces the glucose levels produced by our liver. Insulin is also instrumental in removing glucose from the blood by muscle and fat tissues which burn glucose for energy. When this level of insulin depletes and the amount produced slows down, diabetes occurs. This is when it’s necessary to seek an effective diabetes treatment.
It’s very common for people past middle age to experience a loss of glucose tolerance and the effects are significant. Unlike glucose lowering drugs which fall into the sulfonylurea class -those drugs which are specifically designed to manage type 2 diabetes – such as Glyburide (Micronase, Diabeta) or Glipizide (Glucotrol), Metformin does not increase the level of insulin in the blood and as a result, cause excessively low blood glucose levels.
What’s special about the Metformin action is that it doesn’t reduce the availability of glucose in the body, and doesn’t affect the levels of insulin. It acts by making the receptors more sensitive to insulin which means available glucose is utilized more effectively. Metformin’s action also increases the sensitivity of the hypothalamus and peripheral tissues (like muscles) to the effects of insulin. In effect, it rejuvenates this response, restoring the effects of glucose and insulin to much younger physiological levels. This all means that not only do the physical properties of metformin help with diabetes, but the ability of metformin to control sugar cravings is activated.
Metformin’s action also increases the sensitivity of the hypothalamus and peripheral tissues (like muscles) to the effects of insulin. In effect, it rejuvenates this response, restoring the effects of glucose and insulin to much younger physiological levels.
Metformin was the first drug to be approved by the US FDA in 1994 as a blood sugar reduction treatment. Further tests reveal metformin as a versatile drug and by so effectively treating diabetes, associated conditions are likely to be reduced. Indeed Scientific tests show that using metformin reduces the complications linked to diabetes such as heart disease, blindness and kidney disease.
The simple explanation is that Metformin protects your body by lowering cholesterol and preventing low-density lipoproteins -‘bad cholesterol’ – from attaching to blood platelets and arteries. The lower cholesterol level can be achieved and a reduction in the risk of blood clotting. Tests in 2002 suggest that it also acts as an antioxidant.
By stabilizing sugar levels, undertaking a Metformin diet is potent in curbing cravings for sugary food -especially useful in weight control and encouraging a healthy attitude to eating.
Diabetes is believed by many gerontologists (who study aging) to be an example of accelerated or premature aging. Addressing age-related diabetes and the prevention of sugar cravings, together with improved body composition, insulin use and the stabilization of sugar levels, can only help to promote increased longevity.
Primarily, it contains metformin hydrochloride -the chemical that actively decreases the liver’s production of glucose. It also includes magnesium stearate, emulsifiers and delayed release agents – these all help bind the properties of the treatment, make it easy to swallow and release the ingredients at the right time in the right amounts.
A regular dosage of Metformin for people over 40 years of age is 500mg to 850mg up to three times a day. The best diet for metformin -as with every supplement and for a sound overall health plan -is varied and balanced: plenty of fruit and vegetables and low to moderate amounts of foods high in fat and sugar. The effect of metformin on low sugar diets is that it helps control cravings for foods high in carbohydrate and sugar, so it’s actively recommended in this case. Metformin also has the ability to help avoid a blood clot, possessing properties that help avoid a hardening of the arteries that can in turn lead to a heart attack.
Metformin (also sometimes referred to in the generic glucophage) produces minimal side effects (which is amply supported in testimonial) and is a proven type 2 diabetes treatment, with the added ability to lower cholesterol. There are very few contraindications but very rarely, lactic acidosis can occur in diabetics, and taking metfomin in this case has been known to cause panic attacks. In those suffering with a hypothyroid condition, metformin can help alleviate symptoms. In whichever case it’s always advisable to ask your doctor before embarking on any course of medication.
Metformin SR / XR tablets are now also available. These slow release tablets act over a longer period of time, helping to keep insulin levels stable for longer periods and therefore can also, in some, cases allow for less frequent dosing.
It’s known that many drugs can have effects on vitamins and other nutritional pathways within the body, although nutritional support programs hardly practised by physicians! The ‘Drug nutrition depletion handbook’ is a great source of information to inform patients on what nutrition should be being taken with any particular medicine regime. In relation to metformin, it is known to disrupt the vitamin B12 pathway in the body, therefore it is a sensible precaution to ensure that you are taking a good B12 supplement when using metformin.
IAS offers Dr Garry Gordon’s Beyond B12®, it is the correct sublingual version of B12 (vitamin B12 cannot be absorbed properly through the stomach), plus it also contains the important methylating agent folic acid, (what’s more, the folate used is the bioidentical version, not the cheaper synthetic version used in most nutritional supplements) along with B6 and biotin.
We recommend Beyond B12® in combination with metformin use.
Metformin’s power to help lower glucose levels produced by the liver and absorbed from food is key to improving the level of insulin in the body. With balanced insulin levels, the ability to lower cholesterol and the reduction of cravings for fatty foods all mean that metformin becomes a very potent long-term health supplement indeed.
Disclaimer: Please note that only your own physician can determine your precise needs, but in order to give you some information these answers are based upon the ‘average person’ and clinical / published results.
Since weight training does rely on blood glucose for sustained workouts, would metformin negatively impact the duration of the workout by reducing the available glucose used for energy?
Metformin does not reduce the availability of glucose, nor does it directly affect its levels, nor the levels of insulin. It acts by making the receptors more sensitive to insulin which means that glucose levels are better utilised. You may like to read Dr. Dean’s article for further information.
I am considering adding metformin to my anti-aging program, and I would like some more information on it before I start putting it into my body. I’m excited about the possibility that it activates the same gene expression as CR, but most important to me is long term safety.
I understand metformin has a 40 year track record -so there must be significant data regarding the safety of long term usage. I understand that metformin has to be detoxified by the liver. What tests should I have done and which parameters should I pay attention to for my liver function before and during using metformin?
I’m not sure what the implications are for using metformin with regard to minimal fasting blood sugar and fasting insulin levels. At my last blood test my fasting serum glucose was 17mg/dl (range 65 -99) and my fasting insulin was 2.4 uU/ml (range 6.0 -27.0)
Please advise as I’m looking for information but can’t find any good sources.
Dr. Dean offered the following advice: “I think this individual numbers look very good. As long as kidney and liver functions (SGOT, SGPT, BUN, creatinine) are normal, he can take Metformin without concern. The parameter I watch in those who suffer from impaired liver or kidney function (as well as in diabetics) is lactic acid. This fellow will probably benefit less than someone who had a medical problem. It’s like putting an athlete on a training program. The less fit a person is, the more he will benefit from the training program. Adding metformin to someone whose parameters are all in the very fit range will not benefit him as much as someone who has deviated significantly from the norm.”
For those over 40 years of age, one 500mg to 850mg once, twice or three times a day. Consult your physician if you are a diabetic, have any liver or kidney problems or have ever suffered from lactic acidosis. Stop use if you feel unwell.
Rare in healthy aging individuals, but may include nausea, loss of appetite and very rarely, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea. Patients with diabetes type I and II sometimes take doses as high as 3 grams a day, in which case side effects may include hypoglycemia or lactic acidosis.
Metformin can inhibit the uptake of vitamin B12, so a B12 supplement is recommend whilst using Metformin. Metformin may be synergistic with Acarbose and Aminoguanidine. Use of Metformin is contraindicated when combined with Thiazide, Cimetidine, diuretics or other anti-hypertensive products, which could cause renal malfunctioning. It is also contraindicated in individuals with ketonuria, serious hepatic and renal disorders, serious cardiovascular problems, serious respiratory problems, suprarenal insufficiency, chronic alcoholism, serious dystrophic illness, acute hemorrhaging, gangrene, diabetes with previous episodes of lactic acidosis or hypersensitivity to Metformin.
Metformin is the most under-appreciated anti-aging drug today
Ward Dean MD, Florida.
What a super diet aid Metformin has proven to be.
Read through the insert carefully before taking this medication.
In this insert
1. What DIANBEN 850 mg is and what it is for
2. Before taking DIANBEN 850 mg
3. How to take DIANBEN 850 mg
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing DIANBEN 850 mg
The active ingredient is metformin (DOE) hydrochloride. Each film-coated tablet contains 850 mg of metformin hydrochloride, corresponding to a 662.9-mg metformin base. The excipients are: povidone K30, magnesium stearate, hypromellose.
1. WHAT DIANBEN 850 MG IS AND WHAT IT IS FOR
Dianben 850 mg is available in film-coated tablets. Each box contains 50 tablets. Dianben 850 mg belongs to the group of medications called Oral Anti-diabetics.
It is used for the treatment of adult diabetes (Type 2), particularly in overweight patients, when diet and physical exercise alone are not sufficient to achieve satisfactory glucose levels in the blood. Dianben 850 mg can be used as monotherapy, or combined with other oral anti-diabetics, or with insulin.
2. BEFORE TAKING DIANBEN 850 MG
Do not take DIANBEN 850 mg if you:
Take special care with DIANBEN 850 mg
Taking DIANBEN 850 mg with food and drink
Dianben 850 mg should be taken with or immediately after meals, so as to reduce its gastrointestinal side effects. Never take this medication with alcohol.
Consult your physician or pharmacist before taking a medication. Inform your physician if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. In this case, your physician will indicate the adequate treatment for your diabetes. During pregnancy your diabetes should be treated with insulin.
Consult your physician or pharmacist before taking a medication. Breast-feeding is contraindicated while taking this medication.
Driving and operating machinery
Treatment with Dianben 850 mg as a single medication (monotherapy) does not cause any lowering of blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia) and so does not affect your capacity to drive or operate machinery.
Nonetheless, patients who take metformin in combination with other medications for lowering blood glucose (e.g. sulphonylureas, insulin, replaglinide) may present hypoglycemia and hence should be particularly cautious when driving or operating dangerous machinery.
Your physician will adjust your dosage of Dianben 850 mg, in accordance with your renal functioning, which must be monitored regularly.
Do not administer Dianben 850 mg to children.
Taking other medications
Inform your physician or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken other medications, including those sold over the counter.
Dianben 850 mg may interfere with other drugs, such as:
3. HOW TO TAKE DIANBEN 850 MG
Follow these directions unless your physician has advised you otherwise. Remember to take your medication.
Your physician will inform you as to the length of your treatment with Dianben 850 mg. Do not stop treatment since doing so may halt the expected effect.
Swallow the tablets whole without chewing them and with a sufficient amount of liquid.
If you think that Dianben 850 mg action is too severe or too mild, inform your physician or pharmacist.
If you need to take two or more tablets per day, take them separately, in other words, morning, noon and night.
The recommended daily dosage when initiating treatment is one tablet (850 mg of metformin hydrochloride 2 or 3 times daily, meaning a daily maximum of 3 tablets per day (2550 mg/day) administered during or immediately after meals.
If you take more Dianben 850 mg than you should
Consult your physician or pharmacist at once.
In the case of overdose or accidental swallowing, consult a physician or your local toxicology office. Report the amount swallowed.
An overdose of metformin may cause a lactic acidosis (see section 2 “Before taking Dianben 850 mg”). Since this alteration is deemed a medical emergency, it must be treated in the hospital. Hemodialysis is the most effective treatment for it.
If you forgot to take Dianben 850 mg
If you forget your dose of Dianben 850 mg one day, continue with your usual dosage the following day.
Do not take a double dose to compensate for the forgotten dose(s).
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all drugs, Dianben 850 mg may have side effects.
If you notice any other side effect not mentioned in this prospectus, report it to your physician or pharmacist.
5. STORING DIANBEN 850 MG
Keep Dianben 850 mg out of children’s reach and sight.
No special storing conditions required.
Do not use Dianben 850 mg after the expiry date indicated on the container.
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