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Old 08-22-2017, 15:13   #31
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Question for y'all? How long does Metformin stay in your system? I know if I accidently miss a day I don't notice a change, but I am guessing it takes a bit longer.

Let me explain why I am asking. At night, my numbers are going a bit lower than I am comfortable with. (It may be one of the supplements.) I am wondering if it is time to test my results without the Metformin?

I may wait until after my next A1c to test this, but I figured I would start considering it now.

Additional information on Metformin That I found is that it helps with other things as well, so maybe it isn't something I should consider changing.

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What researchers have learned in the past several years is that metformin has many other positive benefits beyond controlling blood glucose levels with very low risk of causing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). One major effect of metformin is a decrease in the production and release of glucose from the liver. When used in combination with antidiabetic drug sulfonylurea or insulin, metformin also can help minimize the weight gain frequently associated with these medications. It can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower blood fat levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And when taken by individuals treated intensively with sulphonylureas, a class of oral medications that control blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes by stimulatingproduction of insulin, or insulin alone, metformin also significantly decreased the risk of stroke.

What’s more, a recent study suggested those with diabetes who take metformin reduce their risk of open angle glaucoma (pressure in the eyes) by 21 percent. Another report looking at the results of sleep studies suggested that people with diabetes who take metformin had better sleep, or if they had evidence of sleep apnea, it appeared to be less severe. And there is even evidence that metformin might be good for bone density, with a positive effect on specific cells involved in bone formation. Recent studies have examined whether the use of metformin in those with kidney disease may be much safer than originally thought. Similarly, in people who have a chronic condition such as congestive heart failure, there is accumulating evidence that metformin again might be much safer than researchers initially theorized.
Maybe back off of one of the supplements I take?

Just rambling thoughts for now...

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Are you feeling anything or is just the number bothering you? I wouldn't worry about the number unless I was going down below 60, but that is just me.

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Are you feeling anything or is just the number bothering you? I wouldn't worry about the number unless I was going down below 60, but that is just me.
Other than waking up in the middle of the night with restless legs (which used to happen with me a lot, so it may be unrelated) the lowest has been 63. I did not feel bad, but it was low enough that I ate some peanut butter before going back to bed just in case.

Funny side note, when I first started LCHF I felt horrible when my blood sugar went below 100. That feeling has long since passed.

Added note: This seems to be a nightly thing recently.

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Well, I saw an 80 for the first time now that I added Berberine to Metformin. Morning one is still over 100, but at least I got somewhere. Hopefully morning will come down as well.

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Well, I saw an 80 for the first time now that I added Berberine to Metformin. Morning one is still over 100, but at least I got somewhere. Hopefully morning will come down as well.
After my next doctors appointment, I may test without Metformin.

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Well, color me inspired! I've taken the plunge and have started adding Berberine and Milk Thistle to my routine. If I can stomach it I'll add the Apple Cider Vinegar as well. Here's hoping!!!

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Well, color me inspired! I've taken the plunge and have started adding Berberine and Milk Thistle to my routine. If I can stomach it I'll add the Apple Cider Vinegar as well. Here's hoping!!!
I have gotten used to the Apple Cider Vinegar by simply adding some to a glass of water.

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You are truly an inspiration!!! I will give it a shot!

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I know we have discussed Berberine as a replacement for Metformin (for some people) but I am curious if any of y'all have tried them together?


II am going to start testing results with taking both and see if it makes any difference in my morning numbers.
Hi Cricket, how many mgs are you taking? I can't really tell from the picture.

I think I'm going to try this.

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