Metformin is an antidiabetic drug used as the first-line medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, especially in overweight patients. It works by restoring your body's response to the naturally produced insulin. It also reduces the blood sugar by decreasing the sugar production in the liver and its absorption in the intestine.

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Can Metformin help me in losing weight?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 37 years old. I have gained a lot of weight of late and my weight is 101 kg at 5 feet and 7 inches. I got all the tests done and I have a fatty liver and am pre-diabetic. Can I take Metformin for weight loss and diabetes? Can it help me in reducing the fatty liver? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand you are worried about your weight gain and being prediabetic. Remember, Metformin is a prescription drug, and it is your physician who can decide if it is needed for you or not. Metformin can be prescribed to prevent diabetes (type II diabetes onset) if pr...  Read Full »

Why is my husband's sugar level consistently high despite taking medicines?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband has diabetes for the last 10 years. He is currently on Amaryl M1. He is living a sedentary lifestyle. For the past few months, the sugar level is always high despite the medication. The fasting blood sugar value was around 169, a week back. His other tests like triglycerides...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your post and investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would suggest a stepwise approach. As the blood glucose level is not controlled on Amaryl M 1, increase the dose to Amaryl M 2 (Glimepiride and Metformin), one tablet in the m...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take tablet Metformin to prevent diabetes and decrease body weight?

Query: Hello doctor, I read over the internet that tablet Metformin helps decrease the weight and prevents the onset of diabetes. Both my parents are diabetics and I weigh 70 kg. Hence, I want to use Metformin for diabetes prevention and weight loss. Yesterday, I took 500 mg and I do not feel any problem...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Upadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you do not take the tablet if you are not clinically diagnosed as diabetic as it could lead to serious problems. I would strongly advise you to not to take it anymore. To prevent diabetes, one has to change the lifestyle like diet, and have to do exercise or ...  Read Full »

Can a low carbohydrate diet, high-fat diet, and intermediate fasting make my glucose and lipid levels normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 54 year old male, and I do not smoke or drink. I am prediabetic and overweight from the past five years. I have started LCHF (low carb high fat) and IF (intermediate fasting) diet for seven weeks. This has given very good results, I was 100 kg, and now I weigh 90 kg. And my blo...  Read Full »

Dr. Deep Dutta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to LCHF diet is a good short-term option for weight loss. But it is not a good option for long-term weight loss. Prolonged use of this diet is associated with increased risk of hypercholesterolemia and fatty liver disease, which limits their long-term use. Based on your m...  Read Full »

Is increased fasting glucose level a threat to the lifespan?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male, and I checked my blood sugar levels yesterday. My fasting blood glucose is 267 mg/dL, HbA1C is 8.8 %, and microalbumin is 24. Is it very critical? I am worried about my lifespan. Is it highly dangerous to the kidney and heart? Can I marry? Please help me. Thank...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and your test results (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I must say that you have diabetes and that you should be started on treatment as soon as possible. I suggest you start tablet Glycinorm M 30 (combination of Gliclazide a...  Read Full »

I am a type 1 diabetic patient. Can taking Metformin help me in losing weight?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a type 1 diabetic patient currently on Ryzodeg Insulin and had used Levemir (Insulin detemir) in the past. I am struggling to manage my weight. Can using Metformin along with Insulin help me in losing weight? Kindly guide.  Read Full »

Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Metformin (Metformin hydrochloride, Povidone, and Magnesium Stearate) 500 mg is a drug of choice for patients with type 2 diabetes. Overweight patients with type 2 diabetes can use Metformin to reduce their weight. Please note - Metformin i...  Read Full »

I have been doing morning walks for three years; why do I suddenly feel tired and lack stamina after the walk?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 50 year old male. I am taking BP medicine Cilaheart 10 twice a day for the past seven years. I do morning walks of about 5 km average for six days a week since the past three years. I normally have a sound sleep for six to seven hours every day. I normally getup twice for urination...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaveri Dandapani

Answer: Hello,Welcome to to say that, yes, you are diabetic.I would like you to take Glycomet (Metformin) 500 mg once a day, preferably in the morning, to avoid any hypoglycemic effects. If I were your doctor, I would have started it when I first saw the A1C to be abnormal. Even though yo...  Read Full »

My father's blood sugar levels are increasing despite taking medications. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, My father was recently diagnosed with diabetes type 2. His doctor has him on tablet Trulicity (Dulaglutide) 1.5 mg once a week and tablet Metformin 500 mg (twice a day). He has been reducing his sugar intake, walking a lot more, and has lost a good amount of weight. However, he ate quite ...  Read Full »

Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It looks like your sugars are increasing along with the weight. The reason may be due to the increased consumption of pasta, a source of carbohydrates. Diabetes is a progressive disease, and with time it worsens. That’s why there may be a need to increase and optimize...  Read Full »

I am under medication for diabetes, but my blood sugar levels are still high. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have been a diabetic for the past eight years, and my depression is 9.7 out of 10. My retina is also affected by it. I also have blurred vision, weakness, increased thirst, loss of memory, coordination problems of body parts, sudden blanking out, and numbness of my leg, which is increasi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. And from what you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), it appears that you have uncontrolled diabetes with complications of diabetic retinopathy and peripheral neuropathy. Your HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin) is 1...  Read Full »

I have stopped the PCOS medicines as they are causing nausea. Is that fine?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 22 years old. I have been suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), due to which I am gaining weight and having a long monthly cycle. I consulted a gynecologist also but the prescribed medicines disturb me a lot. I have been taking the tablet Diane 35 and the tablet Glucophage....  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. However, the treatment of PCOD (polycystic ovarian disease) is oral contraceptive pills and Metformin. You have been prescribed these two medicines and both of them are known to cause nausea. You can follow a few things which can help you with...  Read Full »

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