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Old 07-20-2012, 05:22   #21
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I'm curious why a doc would suggest splitting a dosage that is already so small it's barely therapeutic. I'm unclear what the point is. It would be like taking 1/2 a baby aspirin for a headache.

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Agreed I don't understand it either I was dx in feb of this year and luckily have been doing great however I am only on 500 once a day and have been asking the doctor to up it to twice but he is resisting and saying that there is no need actually if my numbers come in good next month he said he could even take me off it altogether and I do not agree if that happens I will get it from another doctor or use one of my other insurances

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Some of you seem to be unaware that metformin is not just another synthetic chemical dished up by the all powerful pharmaceutical industry. The origins of metformin are herbal . . . this from PubMed explains which herbs.

It's the only diabetic drug I use, and it has worked well for me for three years of taking 1000mg b.i.d.




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I don't know about anyone else but I just don't like putting chemicals in my body if it can be avoided. I've adopted a diet and have had great success. I've lost 30lbs over the last 6 months, gone from a dress size of 9 down to a 5, and my sugar levels are now between 4.8 and 6.9mmol. My doctor has changed my Meformin from 1000mg x 2 daily down to 225mg once daily and I've been successful in eliminating some of that over the last couple of weeks while keeping my levels in the normal range. My goal is to become medication free while keeping normal blood sugar levels and I Believe I will get there.
I understand but everything we eat, breath, drink, and any supplement we take and everything in our environment is a chemical we are expose to. The issue is that some are more beneficial than others metformin has a long track record of being beneficial to the point that for people even without diabetes take it. For some diabetics is essential for keeping their good health, we have to keep that in perspective.

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I understand but everything we eat, breath, drink, and any supplement we take and everything in our environment is a chemical we are expose to. The issue is that some are more beneficial than others metformin has a long track record of being beneficial to the point that for people even without diabetes take it. For some diabetics is essential for keeping their good health, we have to keep that in perspective.
That's not the meaning of "chemical" when used in this context!

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That's not the meaning of "chemical" when used in this context!
I understand the context, but the reality is that the body is a chemical factory and everything produces a chemical reaction on the body. You may not call a "chemical" food for example but that’s how the body reacts and uses it. We like to make particular distinction about the “chemicals” but the bottom line is that “natural” can be harmful. What is important is the “chemical” beneficial for us or not?

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The reason I stopped taking MET is it is thought to deplete testosterone in men. I got enough trouble with out adding another negative. Is a double negative a positive, I know 3 lefts equals a right, I am confused.

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It's all about risk versus reward, cost versus benefit. No one can do your calculation for you because you have different goals, priorities, and needs. For example, something that's true of me, but may not be true of you, is that I hate going to the doctor. I get terrible anxiety, my blood pressure tends to spike, and I have even cried in the doctor's office. (Embarrassing!) Depending on my doctor for one less medication means fewer appointments, something I desperately want. That alone is an incentive for me to stop taking Metformin.

I am not a natural or holistic type of person. I don't buy organic, I don't worry about chemicals for the most part, and I fully support people taking medications when they're necessary. I just also think that some medications have more risks than others with few benefits. If I had terminal cancer, I'd be more willing to take a dangerous medication because I have nothing to lose. If I had high cholesterol, I'd be less willing to take a dangerous medication because I have more to lose.

I actually really like Metformin. I've been taking it for years and it's been amazing for blood sugar control and maybe helpful for weight loss. I wouldn't mind taking it for the rest of my life, but like I said, less dependence on medication means less dependence on my doctor, and I'd love that.

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The reason I stopped taking MET is it is thought to deplete testosterone in men. I got enough trouble with out adding another negative. Is a double negative a positive, I know 3 lefts equals a right, I am confused.
Yes, but the number and quantity of supplements, and long term dietary strategy that you (and many of us) take may be even more deleterious to testosterone levels but they have never been studied in that context.

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I understand the context, but the reality is that the body is a chemical factory and everything produces a chemical reaction on the body. You may not call a "chemical" food for example but that’s how the body reacts and uses it. We like to make particular distinction about the “chemicals” but the bottom line is that “natural” can be harmful. What is important is the “chemical” beneficial for us or not?
I agree with this, and I think what also needs mentioning is that the level of exposure matters just as much as the exposure itself. Soap has chemicals, shampoo has chemicals, lotion has chemicals, cleaning supplies have chemicals, some of them very dangerous, but the risk isn't in simply coming into contact with chemicals. We need to know how much contact is dangerous. Sometimes the exposure is so low level so as to have essentially no effect at all, and so worrying about it is unnecessary.

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