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Prediabetic and Metformin

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Last month I came back to SparkPeople to try to regain some control over my eating habits. I know what good healthy food is and also know how several different diets work. However, things had begun to get out of control.

My first week back I lost 4 pounds. Then the cravings set in and I found myself hunting down something high carb to eat even after eating a healthy meal. Cookies have never been something that I cared for but I suddenly found myself craving cookies and eating them.

I would go all day long eating only what I should but once dinner was over the cravings would set in and I would have to have more.

I do not do the SparkPeople Diet because I know that I would not be able to be satisfied on a low fat diet. I have never been able to lose weight on that. However, using a low carb diet of one form or another has always worked for me. This time it didn't.

Fruits and Veggies are lifesavers on any diets and I like most of them. Why on earth was I having such cravings?

According to my doctor it is because my sugar levels were running slightly higher than normal. They were not in the Diabetic range but are classified as "pre-diabetic".

So now I am trying to take Metformin to both prevent diabetes and get back control over the sugar cravings. The metformin is supposed to help re-sensitize the cells to insulin so the normal insulin that the body produces will do it's job.

Most people who have gained weight have become insulin resistant and need a little help in that area. Usually changing to a good diet will do it. My doctor is concerned that if untreated I will become diabetic. That is a concern.

It is not easy for me to take this med. I am having side effects of lightheadedness, weakness, and just generally feeling slow. I could tell that even my thinking is slower. Hopefully, this will go away as I adjust to it.

I am checking my blood sugars to make sure that they don't go too low. So far, the cravings are gone. However, I have had issues with my blood sugar dropping before and I would always eat something when that happened. That was when I was not trying to lose weight and it was just normal eating.

One of the reasons that I have had problems losing weight before is because when I lose a pound, my blood sugar drops and I find myself eating more to counteract that.

The Metformin is something that I am trying out but am closely monitoring my blood sugar so that I am not just going by my "feelings."

I wonder if anyone else out there is prediabetic and also on Metformin. I would love to hear about your experiences both good and bad.
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    Thank you Julia. That is helpful to know. I have found that I can keep my blood sugar under control pretty well as long as I watch my diet. The Metformin just did not work for me and I went back off of it after a while.
    335 days ago
    I didn’t do well on metformin, and later learned, in one of the keto teams, that a major side effect of metformin is depletion of B-12. Some can just add B-12 preferably the methylcobalbim (sp?) form. Others do well using the herbal Berberine. My naturepath also recommended chromium to help.
    335 days ago
    All of us are so different, I have been on metformin for years and have not had a problem. I hope you are able to resolve these issues quickly.
    642 days ago
  • TWEDEE777
    My BIL was on metformin for a year and had alot of problems. They took him off it finally, and put him on something else. He is doing well now. I'll see if I can remember to ask him what he takes now.
    642 days ago
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