Metformin is a widely accepted first-response medication to treat patients with type 2 diabetes. But, how do you know if it’s for you? Of course, you need to consult with your doctor and research the side effects of the drug before trying it. Here are some positive effects metformin can have on your body that you should bring up with your healthcare professional.
Metformin acts mainly in the liver by reducing glucose output and boosting glucose uptake in the surrounding tissues.
In a recent study completed in August 2014, 51 patients with the average age of 52 were observed for six months. These were newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics taking metformin. The researchers evaluated change in body composition, insulin sensitivity, and metabolism. Before and after weigh-ins, body scans, and body measurements were administered, one at the beginning of the study and the other after 24 weeks of staying on metformin. The level of physical activity for each individual remained the same throughout the study. Each patient took 1000 mg metformin two times a day.
After six months, researchers discovered significant decreases in fat mass and increased lean-to-fat ratios, especially in men. There were also significant improvements in insulin sensitivity and glucose level stabilization from the metformin treatment. Metformin also helped postpone sarcopenia, or loss of skeletal muscle mass, in several women patients who had a predisposition for the condition.
To put it more simply, metformin may:
Help you lose fat
Increase your insulin sensitivity
Stabilize your glucose levels
Postpone loss of skeletal muscle
Increase skeletal muscle