When you received your type 2 diabetes diagnosis, it was certainly easy to think you could take care of your high blood sugar levels with Metformin or any anti-diabetic drug actually. However, with any drug there are always risks. Many people who have undergone different surgical procedures often look back and say... "if they had only known, they would never have had the surgery." The same applies to people taking various medications.
Metformin is a standard drug given to type 2 diabetics. It is taken orally and medical practitioners consider it to be the drug of choice, particularly for type 2 diabetics that are overweight with normal kidney function.
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Metformin causes few side effects but, nevertheless, can be associated with:
1. General malaise, fatigue or a feeling of just being unwell. It is estimated 10 to 25% of women who take Metformin experience this as a side effect.
2. Nausea, diarrhea and/or vomiting: These gastrointestinal symptoms usually occur after you eat meals high in fats or sugar. What this means is you really can't cheat on your eating plan just because you are taking medications; unfortunately you will pay the price with nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
3. Reduced levels of vitamin B12: Up to 30% of people taking Metformin show a problem with absorption of vitamin B12. Symptoms include:
- memory loss
- an itchy or tingling tongue
- white spots in your skin which usually increase in size over time
- shortness of breath
- eye twitching
- facial pain
- migraine headaches,
- anemia that doesn't respond to iron,
- depression, irritability and personality changes.
4. Elevated homocysteine: homocysteine is the amino acid associated with coronary artery disease, chronic fatigue, heart attack, fibromyalgia and cervical cancer levels.
5. Hair Loss: In males you may find hair loss at your temples and at the top of your head. Many women have reported this pattern of hair loss also.
6. Reduced levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) if you already have low thyroid function. The problem here is many of the population already have low thyroid function. Reducing this hormone further causes symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and a definite inability to get out of bed in the morning.
7. Reduced testosterone production which leads to impotency.
So... knowing all these symptoms, do you still really think Metformin is the best way for you to lower your blood sugar levels? A healthy eating plan will give you weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and lessen your risk of diabetic complications... maybe this is something you want to think about. There are also alternative health and natural healing approaches... these help to build your health as well as aid with reversing type 2 diabetes.
The bottom line is: Why not follow a healthy eating plan and lifestyle... this is more effective than Metformin alone. With weight loss you will be able to reduce your dosage of Metformin or eliminate it altogether.
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Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes.
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