As a diabetic for over a decade, I have had to try some crazy things to regulate my diabetes. During my puberty years, my hormones threw my doses all over the place. At one point I was taking 3 times the average amount of insulin, just to get my sugars under control.
One endocrinologist came to me one day and told me, "why don't you try glucophage/metformin?". Although it took some time for me to adopt the idea of taking meds that are usually prescribed for type 2 diabetes, I eventually agreed and began my new treatment. And it has changed my life forever.
What is Metformin?
Metformin is an orally administered anti-hyperglycemic medicine which is usually used to treat type 2 diabetes. It contains guanidine which is proven to lower blood sugars. It has many benefits on the body, as it increases insulin sensitivity, and reduces the glucose production of the liver.
Can I take metformin with my insulin?
The answer is yes, and it will benefit you greatly. Metformin is an insulin synthesizer, so what it does is it helps your body utilize the insulin you are injecting more efficiently.
For women with polycystic ovary syndrome, metformin can really help balance your hormones and insulin resistance.
What are the benefits of metformin?
Metformin significantly reduces the need for insulin, and helps your metabolism work much quicker.
Metformin also increases your insulin sensitivity, and decreases glucose concentration in the bloodstream.
Metformin aids in weight loss, as well as appetite control. Although this is not valid for everyone taking it, it is effective if you are exercising and eating a healthy diet along with it.
Adding metformin to your insulin therapy will significantly decrease the risk of complications. It also aids in reducing the HBA1C in type 1 diabetics.
Disadvantages of Metformin
Diabetics already take large amounts of insulin. There are so many things to worry about through the day. Involving one more thing into your daily routine may get annoying, and may be the deal breaker for many.
Metformin can possibly lead to hypoglycemia, as well as weight gain in some cases.
Metformin also needs to be stopped if you are taking any CT scan or MRI. Do a quick research to determine if you should continue taking your metformin or not before any procedure.
Although there are disadvantages to taking metformin, the advantages outweigh them. Speak to your doctor, and consider beginning the meds. Your body will thank you.
And do not forget to use The Spike App to log your food consumption and key locations so we can send you insulin reminders!