Benefits Of Metformin: Weight Loss, Diabetes Prevention, etc.

Benefits Of Metformin: Weight Loss, Diabetes Prevention, etc.

It's rare that a pharmacutical can combine both the benefits of weight loss and some medical health solutions, but Metformin weight loss is just one of the uses for the drug, Metformin. Because of its effectiveness on insulin resistance, the oral medication Metformin is often used to treat a variety of weight-related problems.

What is Metformin?

A popular anti-diabetes treatment, Metformin is used to treat insulin sensitivity which leads to Type 2 diabetes. Although many doctors will first recommend low-carb diets for their patients with early signs of diabetes, Metformin is a very popular drug found to be effective on a variety of the symptoms that typically come with early signs of Type 2 diabetes like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and concentrated belly fat. By decreasing the patient's insulin sensitivity, Metformin can also provide frequently sought after weight loss. It is an especially attractive option for patients who need to achieve real results quickly--like a jump start stage of most diet programs. Metformin can start providing blood count results quicker than typical low-carb diets.

What Other Illnesses Can Metformin Treat?

In addition to diabetes prevention and treatment, Metformin is perscribed to:

  • treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • treat Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)
  • encourage weight loss
  • reduce triglyceride levels
  • lower LDL cholesterol levels

What are the Possible Side Effects of Metformin? 

Another reason for Metformin's popularity is its limited side effects for the general population. While very effective with diabetes-related symptoms, there has been some intestinal discomfort associated with the drug reported by users. So patients with existing IBS issues or Crones disease should discuss those conditions with their physician before requesting the drug, and they may even consider dietary intervention first.  

Metformin has also been associated with a rare, but real, condition known as drug-induced lactic acidosis. If you are elderly, recently have had surgery, have significant renal and hepatic disease, alcoholism or a condition associated with hypoxia like cardiac and pulmonary disease, Metformin should not be used. Other possible risk factors for metformin-induced lactic acidosis are sepsis, dehydration, and extreme high dosages of the drug. 

How Does Metformin Benefit People Suffering From PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome?

PCOS benefits: Woman with PCOS have a hormone imbalance that causes their bodies to produce harmful levels of male androgen hormones. Left unchecked, this puts them at a higher risk for uterine cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and infertility. Typically these women also experience some Endrometriosis, weight gain, and irregular hair growth patterns (thinning or growth in abnormal areas).  Metformin works to lower insulin resistance that in turn lowers the androgen levels that put them at risk.

Metabolic Syndrome benefits: Much like PCOS suffers, patients with metabolic syndrome typically have obesity issues where the excess weight is concentrated in the belly and insulin resistance that can lead to Type 2 diabetes. By lowering their insulin sensitivity, the Metformin can help metabolic syndrome suffers lose weight, lower their triglyceride levels, and lower LDL cholesterol--all risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

  • Justine Dotson

    I only found out that I have Diabetes this past November. I have read a lot of material on the subject but I still have some problems with keeping my count below 150. I have started an exercise program, I walk 30 min. each morning before breakfast, I also do other types of exercise in addition to the walking. I have been trying to watch what I eat but I still seem to keep my weight. I am at least 40 pounds over-weight. I just started using Metformin today and I only just found out that it may help me to lose some weight especially from my belly. I sure hope so. I will keep you posted. Thank you very much for the information on this site. I think it helped me a lot. Again thank you. Justine

  • Andre Wilson

    Since I started using metformin the 1st of June I’ve lost 20 pounds I think I will do better since my doses have changed.

  • Andre Wilson

    I want to start a support group.

  • Amber

    I love Metformin! I feel less tired, more balance, losing weight, eating less, just make sure you drink lots of water and move a lot and you’ll be fine. Never had diarrhea with it or anything bad. One odd side effect that I got is extremely high sex drive, probably from my hormones being affected, but I sure am not complaining! LOL However it can be annoying when your partners not around Lol, yeah I know, I sound weird, but it’s true! Never felt like this before the Metformin. I was put on it for PCOS and because I was having a hard time losing weight and my hormones were all busted lol, so for me, Metofrmin worked.

  • surajnaidu

    I’m reaching 50, overweight and look extremely bulky. I’m contemplating of taking Metformin. I seripusly need to lose weight. What dosage should i take? I have blood pressure and take Atenelol 50mg. How soon can i take Metfomin? Please advise. Thank you.

  • Carly O’Donnell

    I am 24 hv had serious facial acne and hv been diagnosed with pcos. I also have heriditary high cholesterol and take statins. Because of bad skin I was put on a low contraceptive pill (actually i tried many forms) and skin was very good. Unfortunately my doc advised to come off pill and my skin is worse than ever now, also my menstrual cycle isnt regular hence the pcos. My cholesterol level though has come down and my weight loss has been immense. I know the pill aided my weight gain though i have never been overweight or obese, (I only have a height of 5’1” and never been past a size 10. (I am now between a 6-8) ..My mood swings have never been very good and naturally my bad skin has made me very depressive. Since reading all the articles on Metformin I am seriously considering speaking to my doc about starting this drug as all its results look like this maybe my miricle cure. I know weight loss can be a factor though its far from a problem and I need to keep to a healthy diet but I am hoping and praying this could be what Ive been looking for. I am just suprised that my doctor, dermertologist and gynacologist have never suggested Metformin before.