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Can Metformin help lose weight in type 1 diabetic patients?


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Answered by

Dr. J. N. Naidu

Medically reviewed by

Dr. P. C. Pavithra Pattu

Published At May 22, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 18, 2023

Patient's 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.

Answered by Dr. J. N. Naidu


Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 is not formally recommended as adjunct therapy with Insulin in type 1 diabetes. But several research studies have shown that Metformin use reduces Insulin requirement and has beneficial effects. I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me for further assistance. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. J. N. Naidu
Dr. J. N. Naidu

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